Greta Garbo’s Letters—Up for Auction Next Week—Shed Light on Her Feelings About Fame

Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain
Library of Congress, Wikimedia Commons // Public Domain

For someone so often in the Hollywood spotlight, Greta Garbo managed to stay impressively private, a skill that only added to her enigmatic allure. Now, Swann Auction Galleries is selling a set of over 65 personal letters that Garbo wrote to friend and fellow actress Salka Viertel, which shed light on what was really going on behind those famous blue eyes.

The letters, mostly written in English (though four are in German) and spanning from 1932 to 1973, paint a portrait of an anxious, exhausted woman who sometimes had misgivings about Hollywood and didn’t like solitude quite as much as her reputation implies.

Greta Garbo personal letter
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Around 1933, a pessimistic Garbo wrote to Viertel that she had returned from a European trip feeling tired, saying “I was so hounded, everything was so ugly that I no longer want to travel. And the terrible sense that Europe is dead. It’s dead.” Evidently, this disillusionment led her to object to filming 1933’s Queen Christina there. “Salka, I know I’m an impossible person, but I can’t make Christina in Europe. When you are as involved in film as I am, then you’ll understand,” she said. “I know that you’re hoping that Christina would be made in Europe—I’m very sorry Salka, but I’m in a state.”

A letter from 1935 suggests that Garbo harbored some negative feelings toward Irving Thalberg, who cast her in her first American film, 1926’s The Torrent, and produced several other high-profile films of hers, including 1926’s Flesh and the Devil, 1930’s Anna Christie, 1932’s Grand Hotel, and 1936’s Camille. In the letter, Garbo asked Viertel—a screenwriter, too—if she was involved in Camille: “And are you not doing anything on Camille? God help me if Thalberg does it alone … I could write [Louis B.] Mayer otherwise and perhaps he could let [David O.] Selznick do Camille.”

Greta Garbo personal letter
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In addition to the intriguing details about Hollywood people, places, and things, Garbo’s correspondence with Viertel is rife with references to the state of her own mental health. She frequently mentions feeling “tired,” “very off and on,” “so low,” and “very sad.” She also explains that “it is hard and sad to be alone, but sometimes it’s even more difficult to be with someone.”

Overall, the letters illustrate that Garbo seemed to be at a loss for how to make herself happy in her career, which may have factored into her departure from acting when she was in her mid-30s.

The collection, which is estimated to fetch between $40,000 and $60,000, hits the auction block on October 10.

Uncover more of the mystery behind the legendary actress with these facts.

[h/t Swann Auction Galleries]

Swear Off Toilet Paper With This Bidet Toilet Seat That's Easy to Install and Costs Less Than $100


The recent coronavirus-related toilet paper shortage has put the spotlight on the TP-less alternative that Americans have yet to truly embrace: the bidet.

It's not exactly a secret that toilet paper is wasteful—it's estimated to cost 437 billion gallons of water and 15 million trees to produce our yearly supply of the stuff. But while the numbers are plain to see, bidets still aren't common in the United States.

Well, if price was ever the biggest barrier standing in the way of swearing off toilet paper for good, there's now a cost-effective way to make the switch. Right now, you can get the space-saving Tushy bidet for less than $100. And you'll be able to install it yourself in just 10 minutes.

What is a Bidet?

Before we go any further, let’s just go ahead and get the awkward technical details out of the way. Instead of using toilet paper after going to the bathroom, bidets get you clean by using a stream of concentrated water that comes out of a faucet or nozzle. Traditional bidets look like weird toilets without tanks or lids, and while they’re pretty uncommon in the United States, you’ve definitely seen one if you’ve ever been to Europe or Asia.

That said, bidets aren’t just good for your butt. When you reduce toilet paper usage, you also reduce the amount of chemicals and emissions required to produce it, which is good for the environment. At the same time, you’re also saving money. So this is a huge win-win.

Unfortunately, traditional bidets are not an option for most Americans because they take up a lot of bathroom space and require extra plumbing. That’s where Tushy comes in.

The Tushy Classic Bidet Toilet Seat.

Unlike traditional bidets, the Tushy bidet doesn’t take up any extra space in your bathroom. It’s an attachment for your existing toilet that places an adjustable self-cleaning nozzle at the back of the bowl, just underneath the seat. But it doesn’t require any additional plumbing or electricity. All you have to do is remove the seat from your toilet, connect the Tushy to the clean water supply behind the toilet, and replace the seat on top of the Tushy attachment.

The Tushy has a control panel that lets you adjust the angle and pressure of the water stream for a perfect custom clean. The nozzle lowers when the Tushy is activated and retracts into its housing when not in use, keeping it clean and sanitary.

Like all bidets, the Tushy system takes a little getting used to. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never want to use toilet paper again. In fact, Tushy is so sure you’ll love their product, they offer customers a 60-day risk-free guarantee. If you don’t love your Tushy, you can send it back for a full refund, minus shipping and handling.

Normally, the Tushy Classic retails for $109, but right now you can get the Tushy Classic for just $89. So if you’ve been thinking about going TP-free, now is definitely the time to do it.

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You're Gonna Need a Bigger Boat: How Jaws’s Most Famous Line Came to Be


The line "You're gonna need a bigger boat" from Jaws (1975) has gone down as one of the most iconic quotes in movie history. Spoken by Chief Brody moments after the eponymous shark appears behind the Orca, it's been referenced countless times in film and television, and ranks 35th on AFI's list of top 100 movie quotes. It was famously ad-libbed by Roy Scheider, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, the actor didn't pull the line out of thin air.

Carl Gottlieb, who co-wrote the screenplay for Jaws, revealed the origin of "You're gonna need a bigger boat" to The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. Filming Jaws on the water made for a troubled production, with the crew working off a barge that carried the equipment and craft services plus a smaller support boat. Crew members complained to producers that this support boat was too small, which was how they coined the soon-to-be-famous phrase.

"[Richard] Zanuck and [David] Brown were very stingy producers, so everyone kept telling them, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat,'" Gottlieb told The Hollywood Reporter. "It became a catchphrase for anytime anything went wrong—if lunch was late or the swells were rocking the camera, someone would say, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat.'"

Scheider eventually picked up the saying and started sneaking it into takes. One of his ad-libs came after his character's first confrontation with the shark, which is also the audience's first good look at the human-eating antagonist following an hour of suspense-building. Scheider's timing and delivery instantly made movie history. "It was so appropriate and so real and it came at the right moment, thanks to Verna Fields's editing," Gottlieb said.

The stories of the making of Jaws have almost become as famous as the film itself. Here are more facts about Steven Spielberg's classic monster movie.

[h/t The Hollywood Reporter]