The anniversary of the 1926 film Torrent is this weekend. It’s most famous for launching the American film career of Swedish actress Greta Garbo. Although it was the star’s first picture in the States, it was the 1924 Swedish film The Saga of Gosta Berling where Louis B. Mayer first spotted the silent screen stunner (he was entranced by her eyes).
Garbo experienced a successful transition to sound pictures, making her one of the most popular women in cinema. Not all of the European actresses were able to achieve Garbo’s level of fame (or even make the move to sound), but they played an important role in shaping the history of silent cinema. You might already be familiar with some of the bigger stars like Brigitte Helm and Pola Negri. Here are a few other women you should know.