Working at the family flower shop, meeting Greta Garbo

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In the early days, my mother used to go to the flower market. She used to have a designer cause my mother wasn’t a very good designer. We did a big arrangement showing of flowers and that was up in Wilshire Blvd. Anyway, that was a big thing we did.

And then another thing was, she was a singer, a well known singer, a blonde girl, she’s signing at the Greek Theater and after that they had a big party for her at this one place in Hollywood again. And we also did the whole thing, the arrangement for them.

We even had Greta Garbo. In those days, that was in the late twenties, early twenties, rather. She used to come in the big limousine. Where the chauffer sat was open. She sat in the back. She used to come in and buy a big armful of sweet peas. She was a really nice and beautiful person though.

Date: May 24, 2011
Location: California, US
Interviewer: John Esaki
Contributed by: Watase Media Arts Center, Japanese American National Museum

florist Greta Garbo Los Angeles

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