Greer Garson

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A strikingly attractive, red-haired former stage actress of Anglo-Irish descent, Greer Garson appeared in films from 1939, mostly with MGM. Her relatively brief but affecting debut performance as Mrs. Chipping in the ... Read more »
Born: 09/28/1903 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (19)

Directed By William Wyler 1988 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Perry Como's Christmas in New Mexico 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

The Little Drummer Boy, Book II 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Narrator

Crown Matrimonial 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Happiest Millionaire 1966 (Movie)

Mrs Cordelia Biddle (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Mother Prioress (Actor)

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Sunrise at Campobello 1960 (Movie)

Eleanor Roosevelt (Actor)

Telephone Time 1955 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Strange Lady in Town 1955 (Movie)

Julia Winslow Garth (Actor)

Her Twelve Men 1954 (Movie)

Jan Stewart (Actor)

Julius Caesar 1953 (Movie)

Calpurnia (Actor)

That Forsyte Woman 1949 (Movie)

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Adventure 1944 (Movie)

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Mrs. Parkington 1944 (Movie)

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Mrs. Miniver 1942 (Movie)

Kay Miniver (Actor)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939 (Movie)

Katherine Ellis (Actor)

Little Women (TV Show)

Actor

The Invincible Mr. Disraeli (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A strikingly attractive, red-haired former stage actress of Anglo-Irish descent, Greer Garson appeared in films from 1939, mostly with MGM. Her relatively brief but affecting debut performance as Mrs. Chipping in the touching "Goodbye Mr. Chips" (1939) won her the first of seven Oscar nominations as Best Actress and made her an immediate star. After a lovely turn as the intelligent, playful Elizabeth in the comic "Pride and Prejudice" (1940), Garson inherited from Norma Shearer the mantle of Metro's resident prestige actress, suffering with genteel dignity through a series of A-budget soap operas.

Relationships

Nina Sophia Garson

Mother

Jamie Dornan Actor

Great-Nephew/Niece

Elijah Fogelson

Husband
married from 1949 until his death in 1987

George Garson

Father
died when Garson was one year old

Richard Ney

Husband
second of three husbands, married in 1943 divorced in 1947 played Garson's son in "Mrs. Miniver" (1942)

Edward Snelson

Husband
married in 1933 divorced in 1941

EDUCATION

University of Grenoble

University of London

graduated with honors

Milestones

1988

Underwent quadruple-bypass surgery

1980

Suffered heart attack

1979

Last theatrical production (as co-producer) "On Golden Pond"

1978

Began producing stage plays with Arthur Cantor

1978

Final TV acting role, Aunt March in NBC miniseries "Little Women"

1967

Final feature film acting role in "The Happiest Millionaire"

1966

Acted in "The Singing Nun" after another six-year absence from the screen

1960

Returned to films after a six-year absence, as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise at Campobello"

1958

Made Broadway debut in title role of "Auntie Mame" (replacing Rosalind Russell)

1954

Last starring film under MGM contract, "Strange Lady in Town"

1953

Last co-starring vehicle opposite Walter Pidgeon, "Scandal at Scourie"

1946

Last of five successive appearances on boxoffice poll; placed 7th

1941

First made the annual exhibitors poll of top ten boxoffice stars; placed 9th

1941

Starred as "Mrs. Miniver"; won Oscar as Best Actress

1940

First co-starring appearance opposite Walter Pidgeon, "Blossoms in the Dust"

1940

Starred with Olivier in "Pride and Prejudice"

1939

Film debut, "Goodbye Mr. Chips"; earned first Oscar nomination

1938

Signed contract with MGM

1935

First teaming with Laurence Olivier in stage production, "Golden Arrow"

1934

London stage debut Regent's Park Open Theatre

1932

Stage debut with Birmingham Repertory Theatre in "Street Scene"

Moved to London at age one after death of father

Began making appearances on TV in such productions as "Reunion in Vienna" and "The Little Foxes"

Bonus Trivia

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Various sources gave her year of birth as 1903, 1906 and 1908. It was revealed after her death that she was born in 1903.

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Popular mythology has gently chided Greer Garson for supposedly giving the longest Academy Award acceptance speech in the history of the Oscars; actually, her speech was somewhat more in the ballpark of six minutes. It was, however, given at the end of a long evening, and Garson herself has recalled that she not only felt she had many people to thank, but also that she sincerely thought the moment an appropriate one to raise some issues about the award and the potential of the Academy itself.

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