Garbo’s immortal declaration is perhaps the most misquoted remark in the history of Old Hollywood.
This turgid controversy may not disturb the public at large, but our rarefied audience demands the truth. Here are her true words: “I want to be let alone.” That’s an enormous difference and among the rich and famous, we sense heads numerous nodding in sympathy.
It isn’t about prissy sensitivity or overweening self-worth. The rich live in a world full of dangers. Kidnapping is shockingly common and astoundingly dangerous for the victim. Sophisticated scamsters abound with the skills that can hoodwink the savviest targets. Wealthy professionals lead harried lives –clear enough, but rarely considered with sympathy – making the simple desire to get away from the crowds a pretty reasonable proposition, too.
Rich celebrities cultivate publicity; meanwhile, wiser heads in finance, medicine or any of the other lucrative industries know to do the opposite. You can’t be bothered if nobody knows your face; your data won’t get hacked if your name is a mystery; a blessed vacation won’t be spoiled by golddiggers galore if they can’t find your favorite hotel in Capri. Low profile, low risk, with blessed relief from bother as a bonus.
Curiously, major charitable contributions are a good way to blow your cover. When a benefactor funds a new hospital wing, it’s natural for the recipient to illuminate the donor or perhaps even name the facility after its generous founder. If you want privacy, take the anonymous donor route. It’s the moral high road – you’re helping others, not your own reputation – and keeps you well hidden from miscreants who mean harm.
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