Thursday, April 25, 2019

Today's Blind Items - The Secret Child

One day when he was about 30, this foreign born former B+ list mostly movie actor learned the truth. He had the double whammy of discovering who is mother was and his grandmother was all in the same day. The actor, who had a franchise that was way better than the US version inherited a large sum of money that had been in trust for him for quite some time. He met his mother only once. The occasion was the death of his grandmother. The grandmother who always claimed she never had any children. The grandmother who did provide for her daughter, but only through her will. She wanted no part of her daughter during life because her daughter was conceived with a man who forced himself on to the actress after a date when she turned down his advances.  The daughter was raised by relatives of the grandmother, but with little to no financial assistance. The daughter wandered aimlessly through life and gave birth to our actor before giving him up for adoption. The only time our actor ever met his mother was to discuss the death of the grandmother and to talk about the disposition of assets. Through a series of private detectives, the grandmother kept track of the grandson and also helped him in his burgeoning career until she passed. So, just who is this grandmother? A foreign born alliterate permanent A list mostly movie actress who was the epitome of being reclusive. She was also a multiple Oscar winner/nominee and was one of the most savvy art collectors in the world when she died.

53 comments:

sandybrook said...

Greta Garbo is grandmama

MontanaMarriott said...

Greta Garbo had kids?!?!!
WOW

Canuck Lurker said...

The Grandmother sounds like Greta Garbo

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MontanaMarriott said...

Hmmm now to figure out who the grandson was?!?!

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Canuck Lurker said...

Is the actor Michael Nyqvist from Swedish Girl With Dragon Tattoo movies

loopymommy said...

Gray Reisfield as the daughter?

MontanaMarriott said...

Says her niece was her sole heir.

https://www.latimes.com/local/obituaries/la-me-gray-reisfield-20170710-story.html

cheesegrater15 said...

Garbo
Nykvist
Reisfield

Y'all are on fire!

sandybrook said...

I was going with the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Swedish version as well. Who I there would be about 60 now?

sandybrook said...

Stellen Skaarsgaard is Swedish and 67 so I will choose him

MontanaMarriott said...

I am liking the Nykvist guess since the European version was soooo much better than the American garbage with Daniel Craig.

MontanaMarriott said...

Nykvist was adopted so that fits

"Born Rolf Åke Mikael Nyqvist in Stockholm, Sweden, it wasn't until he was over a year old when he was finally adopted from the orphanage he had been given to. His father was a lawyer and his mother a writer. It wasn't until he had his first child that he decided to seek out his biological parents. After a long journey, he met his biological mother who is Swedish and is now close to his biological father who is Italian and a pharmacist"

sandybrook said...

Skaarsgaard wasn't in the Swedish version so Nyquist it is. RIP to him.

Notagoodscreenname said...

Garbo

gauloise said...

wow, totally abandons the daughter, but kept track of the grandson and got him money. lovely lady.

Laurita said...

Interesting! I wonder why Enty didn’t mention that Nyqvist passed away as well?

Notagoodscreenname said...

Exactly what I was thinking, @gauloise. Strange. Maybe she was trying to atone for abandoning the daughter but still couldn't bring herself to have a relationship with her. Sad. And the rapist was never arrested of course.

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Vita said...

This is a really great one! Fascinating and heart-wrenching. I got Garbo, but great detective work again, everybody!

Vita said...

Does Nyqvist have heirs? I hope so.

Notagoodscreenname said...

2 kids^

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Notagoodscreenname said...

His mother died the month after he did, same year.

Rosie riveter said...

Just when ya think you've had enough with CDAN Enty pulls out his OG card.
Well done, love it

kootchi said...

Guessing this is the grandfather who forced himself on Garbo. Looks a lot like Nyqvist
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Boyer

bekH said...

I think this Q&A proves it - http://www.greta-garbo.de/com/Greta-Garbos-great-nephew-Derek-Reisfields.html

Ulf said...

Suicide by tobacco

Brayson87 said...

@Ulf, When people die of heart attacks do you call it suicide by big mac? When mothers die during delivery do you call it suicide by f*cking?

SDaly said...

What doesn't fit is the claim that the star wanted no part of her daughter during her life. Garbo and Reisfeld were not estranged. Garbo visited Reisfeld's family, and they were traveling companions when Reisfeld became an adult.

MissDavie said...

The grandmother has to be Garbo. She was a huge star and an enigma from the mid 1920s so the rapist must have been someone earlier than that. I can't imagine many men getting that closer to her after that for there to be a date rape. She was GARBO...the biggest star in the world. How would she be in that situation? I guess it could have been after she retired. She was still young enough to have children, and although a legend, someone with power could have probably gotten away with raping her.
How sad that she could not bring herself to financially support the child until her will.

Notagoodscreenname said...

@kootchi How'd you come up with Charles Boyer? OT: I think he was in Gaslight.

Jon said...

Yes, that part doesn't fit at all. Plus Gray had other children. Where do they fit in with the story?

Brayson87 said...

Here's the art part:

"Beginning in the 1940s, she became something of an art collector. Many of the paintings which she purchased were of negligible value, but she did buy paintings by Renoir, Rouault, Kandinsky, Bonnard,[124] and Jawlensky.[125] Her art collection was worth millions when she died in 1990.[126]"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greta_Garbo#Personal_life

kootchi said...

A friend and me discussed this and she found him! We looked at Grabo’s costars (the man that raped her was maybe another actor that was married) and he looks a lot like Michael Nyqvist. It’s just a guess :)

Unknown said...

Garbo almost married John Gilbert, but left him at the altar (literally). Perhaps he was the father of Garbo's daughter.

GentleBreeze said...

Love this blind. Really don't think Gilbert would have raped Garbo, though. They seemed to have a real chemistry.
While reading this blind, TCM ran an (old)interview with hairstylist Sydney Guilaroff who was speaking of his relationship with Garbo. They really took to each other and his first work with Garbo was 'Camille'.
Guilaroff was one the first single males (closeted) allowed to adopt a child.

BeanyBlueEyes said...

Greta Garbo did not win an Oscar. It was Simone Signoret who was supposedly childless.

Sd Auntie said...

Wow. Garbo had a daughter!! And nobody blabbed about it till now!

emeraldcity said...

@BeanyBlueEyes.....when Enty says oscar winner/nominee he means she may have just been nominated and not won. How ever Garbo could be considered both, nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Actress and received an Academy Honorary Award in 1954.

O/S said...

Great blind, but it ain’t Garbo, unless CDAN left in a big mistake. It says Grandma was a famous film AND TELEVISION actress.
Garbo never appeared on Tv unless it was in a compilation reel of her early work.
Both John Gilbert and Garbo were gay, though very close.

Simone Signoret had kids and was very close to them and her grandkids
It has to be someone who did at least some TV guest appearances.
Right now I have no idea! But don’t stop at the first guess, guys!

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O/S said...

It’s not Garbo.
I’m searching!
It’s NOT: Doris Day, Simone Signoret, Silvia Sidney
Could it be Claudette Colbert?
Won an Oscar for It Happened One Night
Was born in France
Did theater & some TV appearances
NO kids
She was gay and married gay men.
No clue if she collected art, and while she was secretive & elusive, wasn’t a hermit.
Dolores Del Rio? No kids. Also gay. Not especially reclusive, but these are better guesses than Garbo.
Garbo was a BIG girl, and unless Johnny Weissmuller tried to rape her, I don’t see it.
Keep looking!

O/S said...

Clearly not Thelma Todd.....

sugar of lead said...

Nowhere in the blind does it say TV actress. This is without question Greta Garbo.

Tiff said...

Garbo left hollywood for Sweden in 1932 for a year while her contract negotiations continued. . . Gray Reisfield was born in 1932.

Thorne said...

This is good CDaN

O/S said...

Okay, for ththe sake of my sanity, I’m gonna agree that Granny is Garbo, and that Nyqvist is the best bet as grandson.
There’s no reason Garbo couldn’t be close to her niece, but not want anything to do with her daughter.
Naturally, there’s nothing online about Nyqvist getting huge bucks or art, but that could’ve easily been covered up. Most convincing to me is that Nyquist starred in a Queen Cristina of Sweden film. Garbo played Queen Christina & was obsessed with her-so that could’ve been a tribute. Sadly I don’t see a resemblance. My thought was that Garbo was WAY to easy a response!
Would love to know more!

phoebephoebo.Sydney said...

"Garbo was a BIG girl, and unless Johnny Weissmuller tried to rape her, I don’t see it"
Seriously O/S? Seriously?? Jeezus...

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Tiff said...

Garbo left hollywood for Sweden in 1932 for a year while her contract negotiations continued. . . Gray Reisfield was born in 1932.

AND Reisfield was born in Sweden.

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Sasha said...

Gray Reisfeld's oldest son was born 1956-58 and Michael Nyqvist was born in 1960.... so it's not Nyqvist. Not sure if Gray Reisfeld fits anyways, she got married 1955 and graduated from Columbia law school in 1957.

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