A fresh acquisition of Metro Goldwyn Mayer, Greta Garbo signed her contract with the studio giant in the summer of 1925. Here she is photographed on the set of her first Hollywood silent, The Torrent, which was filmed over twenty-three days in the autumn of the same year.
As the shoot unfolded, glasses of champagne were poured and albums by the Everly Brothers were spun. (Stern had inadvertently failed to bring any by Sinatra, much to Marilyn’s umbrage.) Against a white paper backdrop, the actress began posing in and even in a dark wig. Then, once the champagne had taken effect, Marilyn mellowed to posing almost nude. She walked into the bedroom, stripped off her clothes and enacted a sort of fan dance with various diaphanous scarves which exposed nearly all of her body. At one point, she attempted to cover her beast with two chiffon cloth roses.