Greer Garson

Greer Garson

  • Highest Rated: 100% Pride and Prejudice (1940)
  • Lowest Rated: 33% Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
  • Birthday: Sep 29, 1904
  • Birthplace: London, England, UK
  • Irish-born actress Greer Garson graduated with honors from the University of London and finished her post-grad work at the University of Grenoble in France. For many years, she worked efficiently as supervisor of an advertising firm, spending her spare time working in community theater. By age 24, Garson decided to take a risk and try a full-time acting career. She was accepted by the Birmingham Repertory, making her first stage appearance as an American Jewish tenement girl in Street Scene. Her London debut came in 1934 in The Tempest, after which she headlined several stage plays and musicals. While vacationing in London, MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer happened to see Garson in Old Music; entranced by her elegant manner and flaming red hair, Mayer signed the actress to an MGM contract, showcasing her in the Anglo-American film production Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939).Garson became MGM's resident aristocrat, appearing most often as co-star of fellow contractee Walter Pidgeon. It was with Pidgeon that she appeared in Mrs. Miniver (1942), a profitable wartime morale-booster which won Oscars for Garson, for supporting actress Teresa Wright, and for the picture itself. Legend has it that Garson's acceptance speech at the Academy Awards ceremony rambled on for 45 minutes; in fact, it wasn't any more than five or six minutes, but the speech compelled the Academy to limit the time any actor could spend in accepting the award. Though not overly fond of being so insufferably ladylike in her films, Garson stayed at MGM until her contract expired in 1954; it was surprising but at the same time refreshing to see her let her hair down in the 1956 Western Strange Lady in Town. In 1960, Garson received her seventh Oscar nomination for her astonishingly accurate portrayal of Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello. After that, Garson was given precious few opportunities to shine in films, though she was permitted to exhibit her still-vibrant singing voice in her last picture, 1967's The Happiest Millionaire. Following her marriage to Texas oil baron Colonel EE. "Buddy" Fogelson, Garson retired to a ranch in Santa Fe, NM, where she involved herself with various charities. Occasionally Garson returned to make guest appearances on television in ventures ranging from Hollywood Squares, to The Crown Matrimonial, a Hallmark Hall of Fame production. She had to give up even these performances in the early '80s due to chronic heart problems. In 1988, Garson underwent quadruple-bypass surgery. She died of heart failure in Dallas on April 6, 1996.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet Little Women Kathryn March 1978
No Score Yet The Little Drummer Boy Book II Storyteller 1976
75% The Little Drummer Boy Storyteller Our Story Teller 1968
50% The Happiest Millionaire Mrs. Cordelia Biddle 1967
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Mother Prioress 1966
No Score Yet Pepe Guest 1960
86% Sunrise at Campobello Eleanor Roosevelt 1960
No Score Yet Strange Lady in Town Dr. Julia Winslow Garth 1955
No Score Yet Her Twelve Men (Miss Baker's Dozen) Jan Stewart 1954
95% Julius Caesar Calpurnia 1953
No Score Yet The Miniver Story Kay Miniver 1950
No Score Yet That Forsyte Woman Irene Forsyte 1949
No Score Yet Julia Misbehaves Julia Packett 1948
No Score Yet Desire Me Marise Aubert 1947
No Score Yet Adventure Emily Sears 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Mary Rafferty 1945
No Score Yet Mrs. Parkington Susie Parkington 1944
86% Madame Curie Marie Sklodowska 1943
89% Random Harvest Paula 1942
92% Mrs. Miniver Kay Miniver 1942
33% Blossoms in the Dust Edna Gladney 1941
No Score Yet When Ladies Meet Claire Woodruff 1941
100% Pride and Prejudice Elizabeth Bennet 1940
82% Goodbye, Mr. Chips Katherine Ellis 1939

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Father Knows Best
1954-1960
Herself
  • 1957

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