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2.0 out of 5 stars Petulant elitism, 15 July 2004
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I'm sorry, I have to disagree. Having read various biogs of Greta, Mercedes de Acosta, Dietrich and their milieu before I picked this one up with interest, but was unable to finish it.
Hugo Vickers is a biographer of Cecil Beaton, who has quite evidently re-used some of his earlier research for this book. No problem with that. But his over-identification with and admiration for Beaton skews his attitudes to all the other friends and lovers in Garbo's life.
He goes out of his way to deride and dismiss de Acosta and is particularly snide and dismissive about the Russian couple with whom Garbo has a long standing menage a trois - this is particularly annoying as it is a fascinating arrangement but we discover little about it because Vickers treats the characters involved simply as rivals to his handsome ex-Etonian idol.
Despite some promising tidbits of gossip the overall effect is tedious and petty, which is a shame.
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Loving Garbo: The Story of Greta Garbo,Cecil Beaton and Mercedes de Acosta
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