Garbo favourite dies, 85

Townsville Bulletin - - LIFESTYLE -

GRAY Gustafson Re­is­field, the sole heiress to her aunt Greta Garbo’s es­tate and a woman who was a long- time com­pan­ion to the late Swedish- born ac­tress, has died, a fam­ily mem­ber said on Mon­day.

Re­is­field died on Sun­day at her home in Marin County, Cal­i­for­nia, af­ter a bout of pneu­mo­nia, said son Derek Re­is­field. She was 85.

Re­is­field was sep­a­rated by 27 years from Garbo. But the two bonded over be­ing strong, in­de­pen­dent women and en­joyed the lighter side of life to­gether, sit­ting by the swim­ming pool, trav­el­ling to Caribbean is­lands and teach­ing chil­dren to do cart­wheels in the back­yard.

“She viewed ( Garbo) as truly re­mark­able woman,” Derek Re­is­field said. “I think my mother re­ally re­spected her be­cause she had ac­com­plished so much, and she had done it her way. She was very in­de­pen­dent when women were not, and I think that was a real les­son for my mother.”

Born in Stock­holm, Swe­den, in 1932, Re­is­field came to the US with her par­ents and spent her

IN­DE­PEN­DENT: Gray Gustafson Re­is­field and Bishop Caro­line Krook at the tomb­stone of Greta Garbo af­ter the 1999 ser­vice at the Wood­land Ceme­tery, Stock­holm. Picture: TOBIAS ROSTLUND

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