Greta Garbo, moments after receiving your dinner invitation.
Rules for meeting Garbo #1: Be unavailable to meet Garbo.
“Of the Swedes who made it big in Hollywood, Garbo was the star of the silent movies era; my mother, Ingrid Bergman, was the star of the sound era. That’s how the press classified them.
When Mother first came to Hollywood, she immediately and politely sent Garbo some flowers and a note - she thought they could share some Swedish evenings: meatballs, aquavit, candles and relaxed conversation in their native tongue. Garbo sent a telegram accepting the invitation, but not until three months later, just as Mother was about to leave town. Mother told the director George Cukor, who was a friend of Garbo’s, about it and Cukor laughed. ‘Of course. Greta wouldn’t have sent the telegram unless she was certain you were leaving!’