Grey Gustafson Reisfield, the only heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo’s property and longtime companion to the late Swedish-born actress, has died, a member of the family stated Monday.
Reisfield died Sunday at her residence in Marin County after a bout with pneumonia, stated her son Derek Reisfield. She was eighty five.
Grey Reisfield was separated by 27 years from Garbo. However the two unbiased ladies bonded and loved the lighter aspect of life collectively, sitting by the swimming pool, touring to Caribbean islands and educating youngsters to do cartwheels within the yard.
“She seen (Garbo) as really exceptional lady,” Derek Reisfield stated. “I feel my mom actually revered her as a result of she had completed a lot, and she or he had completed it her method. She was very unbiased when ladies weren’t, and I feel that was an actual lesson for my mom.”
Reisfield, who was born in Stockholm in 1932, got here to the U.S. together with her mother and father and spent her childhood in Southern California. She moved to Santa Fe, N.M., in junior highschool, the place she loved horseback driving and fishing.
She attended Bryn Mawr School, spent a yr at Yale College, the place she met her future husband, the late Dr. Donald Reisfield, and later transferred to Columbia Regulation Faculty, the place she graduated in 1957.
Derek Reisfield, fifty four, stated he was about 12 when he realized his nice-aunt was well-known after seeing a magazine that confirmed his mom and Garbo vacationing collectively. Each spring, the 2 ladies would go to the Caribbean.
“They have been very shut,” he stated.
On one journey to an unique Caneel Bay Resort, recognized for its unobtrusive luxurious and delicate seashores, Garbo donned slacks as she readied to have dinner with a roomful of girls who can be sporting social gathering clothes.
Reisfield adopted her lead.
When the 2 ladies walked into the room, heads turned and there was second of silence, however quickly everybody received again to having an excellent time.
“The subsequent night all the ladies have been sporting slacks,” Derek Reisfield recalled with amusing.
Garbo was recognized for her performances in such movie classics as “Anna Christie,” ”Grand Lodge,” ”Queen Christina,” ”Anna Karenina,” ”Camille” and “Ninotchka.” Each on display and off, she had a serious affect on ladies’s fashions, hairstyles and make-up.
Garbo starred in 26 movies in 17 years. In 1941, at age 36, she give up Hollywood, spending the remainder of her life in shuttered and fenced residences in France, Switzerland and Manhattan, the place she lived in an East Aspect excessive-rise. On the time of her demise in 1990 she owned 18th-century antiques, nice rugs, damask curtains and lots of items of artwork, together with a Renoir.
Referred to as “the Swedish sphinx” due to her deep worry of reporters and different strangers, she paradoxically turned some of the publicized ladies on the planet whereas making an attempt to protect her privateness.
Her biographer John Bainbridge wrote in “Garbo,” that besides at the beginning of her profession, she “granted no interviews, signed no autographs, attended no premieres, answered no fan mail.”
Garbo by no means married and had no youngsters, however moderately selected her niece as a frequent companion.
“My mom was very near her and would go into New York as soon as every week to see her,” stated Derek Reisfield. “They have been each very robust, very unbiased ladies, and I feel they bonded over that.”
She is survived by three sons and a daughter, eight grandchildren and one nice-grandchild.
Bender writes for the Related Press.