Greer Garson

Filmography

1939      

Goodbye, Mr. Chips

Remember?

 

1940      

The Miracle of Sound

Pride and Prejudice

 

1941      

Blossoms in the Dust

When Ladies Meet

 

1942      

Mrs. Miniver

Random Harvest

 

1943      

The Youngest Profession

Madame Curie

 

1944      

Mrs. Parkington

 

1945      

The Valley of Decision

Adventure

 

1947      

Desire Me

 

1948      

Julia Misbehaves

 

1949      

That Forsyte Woman

 

1950      

The Miniver Story

 

1951      

The Law and the Lady

 

1953      

Scandal at Scourie

Julius Caesar

 

1954      

Her Twelve Men

 

1955      

Strange Lady in Town

 

1960      

Sunrise at Campobello

Pepe

 

1966      

The Singing Nun

 

1967      

The Happiest Millionaire

 

 

Awards

Greer Garson was nominated for seven Best Actress in a Leading Role Academy Awards and won once.

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942) WON, Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), The Valley of Decision (1945), and Sunrise at Campobello (1960)

I do wish I could tell you my age but it’s impossible. It keeps changing all the time. ~ Greer Garson  

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Actress, Biographies

Greer Garson was born on September 29, 1904. She was educated at King’s College London, where she earned degrees in French and 18th-century literature, and at the University of Grenoble in France at a time when few actors had university degrees. She had intended to become a teacher, but instead began working with an advertising agency, and appeared in local theatrical productions.

Louis B. Mayer discovered Garson while he was in London looking for new talent. Garson was signed to a contract with MGM in late 1937, but did not begin work on her first film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, until late 1938. She received her first Oscar nomination for the role, but lost to Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind. She received critical acclaim the next year for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1940 film, Pride and Prejudice.

Garson starred with Joan Crawford in When Ladies Meet in 1941, and that same year became a major box-office star with the sentimental Technicolor drama, Blossoms in the Dust, which brought her the first of five consecutive Best Actress Oscar nominations, tying Bette Davis‘ 1938–42 record, which still stands. Garson won the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1942 for her role as a strong British wife and mother in the middle of World War II in Mrs. Miniver. She was also nominated for Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), and The Valley of Decision (1945).

Garson frequently costarred with Walter Pidgeon, ultimately making eight pictures with him: Blossoms in the Dust (1941), Mrs. Miniver (1942), Madame Curie, Mrs. Parkington, Julia Misbehaves (1948), That Forsyte Woman (1949), The Miniver Story (1950), and Scandal at Scourie (1953).

She made only a few films after her MGM contract expired in 1954. In 1958, she received a warm reception on Broadway in Auntie Mame, replacing Rosalind Russell, who had gone to Hollywood to make the film version. In 1960, Garson received her seventh and final Oscar nomination for Sunrise at Campobello, in which she played Eleanor Roosevelt, this time losing to Elizabeth Taylor for BUtterfield 8.

Garson’s last film, in 1967, was Walt Disney’s The Happiest Millionaire, although she made infrequent television appearances afterwards.

In her final years, Garson occupied a penthouse suite at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She died there from heart failure on April 6, 1996, at the age of 91. She is interred beside her late husband in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Dallas

 

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