Garbo’s niece in­her­ited es­tate

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - OBITUARIES -

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 Mon­day.

Re­is­field died Sun­day at her home in Marin County, Cal­i­for­nia, fol­low­ing a bout with pneu­mo­nia, said her 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.”

She is sur­vived by her three sons and a daugh­ter, eight grand­chil­dren and one great­grand­child.

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