Greta Gar­bo, born Gre­ta Lovisa Gustafs­son (18 Sep­tem­ber 1905 – 15 April 1990), was a Swedish-born Amer­i­can film actress dur­ing the 1920s and 1930s. In retire­ment, Gar­bo gen­er­al­ly led a pri­vate life of sim­plic­i­ty and leisure. She made no pub­lic appear­ances and assid­u­ous­ly tried to avoid the pub­lic­i­ty she loathed. As she had been dur­ing her Hol­ly­wood years, Gar­bo, with her innate need for soli­tude, was often reclu­sive.

João Gilber­to Pra­do Pereira de Oliveira, known as João Gilber­to (June 10, 1931), is a Brazil­ian singer, song­writer, and gui­tarist. João cre­at­ed the musi­cal genre of bossa nova in the late 1950s.

Grig­ori Yakovle­vich Perel­man (born 13 June 1966) is a Russ­ian math­e­mati­cian. He has made con­tri­bu­tions to Rie­mann­ian geom­e­try and geo­met­ric topol­o­gy.

In 1994, Perel­man proved the soul con­jec­ture. In 2003, he proved (con­firmed in 2006) Thurston’s geometriza­tion con­jec­ture. This con­se­quent­ly solved in the affir­ma­tive the Poin­caré con­jec­ture. In August 2006, Perel­man was offered the Fields Medal for “his con­tri­bu­tions to geom­e­try and his rev­o­lu­tion­ary insights into the ana­lyt­i­cal and geo­met­ric struc­ture of the Ric­ci flow”, but he declined the award, stat­ing: “I’m not inter­est­ed in mon­ey or fame; I don’t want to be on dis­play like an ani­mal in a zoo.”

Emily Eliz­a­beth Dick­in­son (Decem­ber 10, 1830 – May 15, 1886) was an Amer­i­can poet. Although part of a promi­nent fam­i­ly with strong ties to its com­mu­ni­ty, Dick­in­son lived much of her life in reclu­sive iso­la­tion. Con­sid­ered an eccen­tric by locals, she devel­oped a not­ed pen­chant for white cloth­ing and became known for her reluc­tance to greet guests or, lat­er in life, to even leave her bed­room. Dick­in­son nev­er mar­ried, and most friend­ships between her and oth­ers depend­ed entire­ly upon cor­re­spon­dence. Dick­in­son was a recluse for the lat­er years of her life.

Edvard Munch (12 Decem­ber 1863 – 23 Jan­u­ary 1944) was a Nor­we­gian painter and print­mak­er whose intense­ly evoca­tive treat­ment of psy­cho­log­i­cal themes built upon some of the main tenets of late 19th-cen­tu­ry Sym­bol­ism and great­ly influ­enced Ger­man Expres­sion­ism in the ear­ly 20th cen­tu­ry. His best known work is The Scream, paint­ed in 1893. Dur­ing the last thir­ty five years of his life, Munch lived in Nor­way, becom­ing a recluse, avoid­ing human con­tact and devot­ing him­self to his work.

Richard Louis Proen­neke (May 4, 1916 – April 20, 2003) was an Amer­i­can self-edu­cat­ed nat­u­ral­ist who lived alone for near­ly thir­ty years in the moun­tains of Alas­ka in a log cab­in he had con­struct­ed by hand near the shore of Twin Lakes. Proen­neke hunt­ed, fished, raised and gath­ered his own food, and also had sup­plies flown in occa­sion­al­ly.