The spy called garbo

 

Trying to get ordinary people to feel sorry for rich, entitled celebrities is like getting rich, entitled celebrities to remember what it's like to pour their own Cristal. Every now and then, however, you hear about Hollywood stars who were dealt such a shitty hand that you can't help but think they would have been better off staying down here with the nobodies and riff-raff.

And here's the crazy part: Despite all the tabloid headlines about Jennifer Aniston's perpetually flat, un-pregnant belly, today's Hollywood elite have it easy compared to the stars of your grandparents' and great-grandparents' generations. Back in the olden days, movie stars reported to movie studios ... and movie studios were THE DEVIL.

Even if you've never turned on TCM or flirted with the "classic movies" section on Netflix (assuming there's still a classic movies section on Netflix), you probably know who this is:

The spy called garbo

Juan Pujol García MBE (14 February 1912 – 10 October 1988) was a Spanish citizen who deliberately became a double agent against Nazi Germany during World War II . He relocated to England to carry out fictional spying activities for the Nazis, and was known by the British codename Garbo and the German codename Arabel . [2]

Pujol had the distinction of receiving decorations from both sides during World War II, gaining both an Iron Cross from Germany and an MBE ( Member of the Order of the British Empire ) from Britain.

After developing a loathing of both the Communist and Fascist regimes in Europe during the Spanish Civil War , Pujol decided to become a spy for the Allies as a way to do something "for the good of humanity". [3] Pujol and his wife [4] contacted the British and American intelligence agencies, but each rejected his offer.

Trying to get ordinary people to feel sorry for rich, entitled celebrities is like getting rich, entitled celebrities to remember what it's like to pour their own Cristal. Every now and then, however, you hear about Hollywood stars who were dealt such a shitty hand that you can't help but think they would have been better off staying down here with the nobodies and riff-raff.

And here's the crazy part: Despite all the tabloid headlines about Jennifer Aniston's perpetually flat, un-pregnant belly, today's Hollywood elite have it easy compared to the stars of your grandparents' and great-grandparents' generations. Back in the olden days, movie stars reported to movie studios ... and movie studios were THE DEVIL.

Even if you've never turned on TCM or flirted with the "classic movies" section on Netflix (assuming there's still a classic movies section on Netflix), you probably know who this is:

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