JOHN GILBERT


"I would rather spend an hour with Fleka than a lifetime with any other woman."

John Gilbert was born in Logan, Utah in 1899. He came to Hollywood in 1915, a struggling actor. By 1926, John Gilbert was the great lover of the silent screen, a position he had inherited with the passing of Rudolph Valentino. Garbo and Gilbert made three silent films together becoming the most romantic team in films. Their love affair on the screen was real, not just acting and their romance off the screen was the talk of Hollywood and the nation. With Gilbert, she was happy and talkative. He called her Fleka and she called him Jack. He taught her how to play tennis and be more sociable. Garbo almost married Gilbert in September 1926, but on their wedding day she never showed up. There were several more attempts at marriage but after two more years, Garbo put an end to the affair. Hurt and in a rage, Gilbert immediately married Ina Claire, famous stage actress. With the coming of sound, his film career came to an end and Gilbert took to drinking. He died in 1936 of a heart attack at age 36, a broken man.

on the set of Love

Director Edmund Goulding, Greta Garbo, and John Gilbert
Picnic time on the set of Love 1927

Garbo & Gilbert 1929

Garbo & Gilbert 1929

on the set of Love

Garbo and Gilbert
Hollywood 1927

Garbo & Gilbert 1929

Garbo & Gilbert on the set of
Flesh and the Devil (1927)

Flesh and the Devil (1927)

MGM
Director: Clarence Brown
Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lars Hanson, Barbara Kent

The Torrent (1926)
The Torrent (1926)
The Torrent (1926)
The Torrent (1926)

Love (1927)

MGM
Director: Edmund Goulding
Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, George Fawcett, Philippe de Lacy

Love
The Temptress
The Temptress (1926)

A Woman of Affairs (1929)

MGM
Director: Clarence Brown
Cast: Greta Garbo, John Gilbert, Lewis Stone, John Mack Brown

A Woman of Affairs
A Woman of Affairs
A Woman of Affairs
A Woman of Affairs
A Woman of Affairs

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