Mauritz Stiller

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Mauritz Stiller

Also Known As: "Mauritz Stiller"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
Death: Died in Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden
Cause of death: pleurisy
Immediate Family:

Son of Peretz Katzman; Hirsch Stiller; Mindel Stiller and Rakel Katzman
Brother of Rebecka (Rifka) Stiller; William Stiller; infant Stiller; Samuel (Sam) Stiller; Abraham Stiller and 3 others
Half brother of Mauritz Stiller

Managed by: Keri Robbins-Dvorin
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About Mauritz Stiller

The Garbo connection:


Adopted by the Katzmans - (birth parents died in 1887)

Discovered and mentored Greta Garbo:

Mauritz Stiller (17 July 1883 – 18 November 1928) was a Finnish-Swedish film director, best known for discovering Greta Garbo and bringing her to America.

Stiller had been a pioneer of the Swedish film industry, writing and directing many short films from 1912. When MGM invited him to Hollywood as a director, he arrived with his new discovery Greta Gustafsson, whose screen name Greta Garbo is believed to have been his suggestion.

After frequent disagreements with studio executives at MGM and Paramount, Stiller returned to Sweden, where he died soon afterwards.


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Mauritz Stiller's Timeline

July 7, 1883
Helsinki, Uusimaa, Finland
November 18, 1928
Age 45
Stockholm, Stockholm County, Sweden