“The most extraordinary thing about my wife is that in her private life she is extremely shy. I remember that, many summers ago, Garbo came to lunch to our home in Klosters, in Switzerland. The previous fall and winter, Deborah had been playing in Edward Albee’s “Seascape” on Broadway, a play that had won a Pulitzer prize, and remembering that experience, Greta asked her something she had been meaning to ask for quite some time: “How do you do it?” she asked. “How can you get on-stage and perform day after day in front of all those strangers?”. “I am not there”, Deborah replied, “I forget about myself and become the person I am playing”, she said.
Garbo shook her head in amazement. “I couldn’t do that in a million years”. Deborah could have said that she was a professional, but she abstained from making a remark that could have come out as pretentious and critical to the great Swedish actress who, in the late years of her career couldn’t even stand the crew watching her perform and had her sets surrounded by black panels to protect her intimacy.”
from “This is Deborah (Os presento a Deborah)” by Peter Viertel for Nickelodeón, March 1996 (via deborahkerr.es)