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Greer Garson

in the Random Harvest film trailer (1942)
Birth name Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson
Born September 29, 1904
London, England, UK
Died April 6, 1996 (aged 91)
Dallas, Texas, USA
Spouse(s) Edward Alec Abbot Snelson (1933-1940)
Richard Ney (1943-1947)
E.E. Fogelson (1949-1987)
Academy Awards
Best Actress
1942 Mrs. Miniver
Golden Globe Awards
Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1960 Sunrise at Campobello

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Early life

Known in childhood as "Eggy",[citation needed] she was born in Manor Park, London, England in 1904.[citation needed] She was the only child of George Garson (1865-1906), a clerk born in London but with Scottish lineage, and his Irish wife, Nancy ("Nina") Sophia Greer. See also Manor Park, South Yorkshire. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total...


She was educated at the University of London, where she earned degrees in French and 18th-century literature. She intended to become a teacher, but instead began working with an advertising agency, and appeared in local theatrical productions. The University of London is a university based primarily in London. ...


Career

Garson in 1942
Garson in 1942

She appeared on television during its earliest years, in the 1930s, most notably in a thirty-minute production of an excerpt of Twelfth Night in May 1937, alongside Peggy Ashcroft. This is the first known instance of a Shakespeare play performed on television. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 278 × 301 pixelsFull resolution (278 × 301 pixel, file size: 11 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Actress Greer Garson in the trailer for the film Random Harvest (1942). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 278 × 301 pixelsFull resolution (278 × 301 pixel, file size: 11 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Actress Greer Garson in the trailer for the film Random Harvest (1942). ... Face The 1930s (years from 1930–1939) were described as an abrupt shift to more radical and conservative lifestyles, as countries were struggling to find a solution to the Great Depression, also known in Europe as the World Depression. ... Twelfth Night has at least three meanings: Twelfth Night (holiday), celebrated by some Christians Twelfth Night, or What You Will, a comedic play by William Shakespeare Twelfth Night (band), a progressive rock band This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share... Dame Peggy Ashcroft DBE (22 December 1907 – 14 June 1991) was an acclaimed Academy Award-winning English actress. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Greer Garson was discovered by Louis B. Mayer while he was in London looking for new talent. Garson was signed to a contract with MGM and appeared in her first American film, Goodbye, Mr. Chips, in 1939. She received her first Oscar nomination for the role, but lost to Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind. She did receive critical acclaim the next year for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1940 film, Pride and Prejudice.[1] This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Goodbye, Mr. ... Vivien Leigh, Lady Olivier (November 5, 1913 – July 8, 1967) was a two-time Academy Award winning English actress. ... Gone with the Wind is a 1939 film adapted from Margaret Mitchells 1936 novel of the same name. ... Elizabeth Lizzy Bennet (sometimes referred to as Eliza or Lizzy) is a fictional character and the protagonist of Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice. ... Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations. ...


Garson starred opposite 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' 1938-1942 record, a record that still stands in the category. 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. (Guinness Book of World Records credits her with the longest Oscar acceptance speech, at five minutes and 30 seconds,[1], after which the Academy Awards instituted a time limit.[citation needed]) She was also nominated for Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), and The Valley of Decision (1945). Joan Crawford (March 23, 1905 – May 10, 1977),[1] was an acclaimed, iconic, Academy Award-winning American actress, arguably one of the greatest from the Golden Age of Hollywood from the 1920s through 1940s. ... When Ladies Meet may refer to a 1932 play by Rachel Crothers, or 1933 American film and its 1941 remake, both adapted from the play. ... Logo celebrating Technicolors 90th Anniversary Technicolor is the trademark for a series of color film processes pioneered by Technicolor Motion Picture Corporation (a subsidiary of Technicolor, Inc. ... Blossoms in the Dust is a 1941 film which tells the story of a woman who takes it upon herself to help orphaned children to find homes, despite the opposition of the good citizens who think that illegitimate children are beneath their interest. ... For the singer, see Betty Davis, for the meteorologist, see Betty Davis (meteorologist). ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Mrs. ... The Guinness Book of Records (or in recent editions Guinness World Records, and in previous US editions Guinness Book of World Records) is a book published annually, containing an internationally recognized collection of superlatives: both in terms of human achievement and the extrema of the natural world. ... Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ... The title given to this article is incorrect due to technical limitations. ... Mrs. ... The Valley of Decision is a 1945 film which tells the story of a young house maid who falls in love with the son of the local coal mine owner. ...

Greer Garson and co-star Ralph Bellamy with Eleanor Roosevelt during filming of Sunrise at Campobello
Greer Garson and co-star Ralph Bellamy with Eleanor Roosevelt during filming of Sunrise at Campobello

She had been America's most popular dramatic actress for several years when she was teamed with Clark Gable in his first film since returning from war service in 1945 entitled Adventure. The film was advertised with the now-classic catch-phrase "Gable's back and Garson's got him!" Garson's popularity dropped somewhat in the late 1940s, but she remained a popular film star until the mid 1950s. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Ralph Rexford Bellamy (June 17, 1904 – November 29, 1991) was a Tony Award-winning American actor with a career spanning sixty-two years. ... Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political leader who used her stature as First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 to promote her husbands (Franklin D. Roosevelts) New Deal, as well as civil rights. ... Sunrise at Campobello is a 1960 film which tells the story of the struggle by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt against polio. ... William Clark Gable (February 1, 1901 – November 16, 1960) was an Academy Award-winning American film actor. ... Adventure is a 1945 film by Victor Fleming. ...


In 1951, she became a naturalized citizen of the United States.[citation needed] After her MGM contract expired in 1954, she made only a few films. 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. Naturalization is the process whereby a person becomes a national of a nation, or a citizen of a country, other than the one of his birth. ... MGM logo Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer or MGM, is a large media company, involved primarily in the production and distribution of cinema and television programs. ... Broadway poster Auntie Mame is a 1955 novel by Patrick Dennis that chronicles his madcap adventures growing up as the ward of his deceased fathers eccentric sister. ... Rosalind Russell (June 4, 1907 - November 28, 1976) was a four-time Academy Award nominated and Tony Award winning American film, stage actress. ... Sunrise at Campobello is a 1960 film which tells the story of the struggle by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt against polio. ... Anna Eleanor Roosevelt (October 11, 1884 – November 7, 1962) was an American political leader who used her stature as First Lady of the United States from 1933 to 1945 to promote her husbands (Franklin D. Roosevelts) New Deal, as well as civil rights. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... BUtterfield 8 is a 1960 film about a promiscuous model (Elizabeth Taylor) who fears that she is on the verge of crossing the line from slutitude to prostitution, until she and one of her paramours (Laurence Harvey) fall in love. ...


Garson's last film was 1967's The Happiest Millionaire, although she made infrequent television appearances. In 1968 she narrated the children's television special The Little Drummer Boy which went on to become one of the classic children's Christmas television programs and which has been broadcast annually every year since 1966. The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film, based upon the true story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. ... Little Drummer Boy is a Christmas song from 1958 (words and music by Katherine K. Davis, Henry Onorati and Harry Simeone). ...


Personal life

The actress was married three times. Her first marriage, on September 28, 1933, was to Edward Alec Abbot Snelson (1904-1992), later Sir Edward, a British civil servant who became a noted judge and expert in Indian and Pakistani affairs. The actual marriage reportedly lasted only a few weeks, but was not formally dissolved until 1943. Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ...


Her second husband, whom she married in 1943, was Richard Ney (1915-2004), the young actor who played her son in Mrs. Miniver. They divorced in 1949, with Garson claiming that Ney had called her a "has-been" and belittled her age. Ney eventually became a respected stock-market analyst and financial consultant. Richard Ney (November 12, 1915 – July 18, 2004) was an American actor and investment counselor. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar). ... shelby was here 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


That same year, she married a millionaire Texas oilman and horse breeder, E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson (1900-1987), and in 1967, the couple retired to their "Forked Lightning Ranch" in New Mexico. In 1971 they purchased the U.S. Hall of Fame champion Thoroughbred Ack Ack from the estate of Harry F. Guggenheim and were highly successful as breeders. They also maintained a home in Dallas, Texas where Garson funded the Greer Garson Theater facility at Southern Methodist University. Horse breeding is the process of using selective breeding to produce additional individuals of a given phenotype, that is, continuing a breed. ... Elijah E. Buddy Fogelson (February 16, 1900 - December 1, 1987) was an American lawyer, Army Colonel, businessman, horse and cattle breeder, and philanthropist. ... Capital Santa Fe Largest city Albuquerque Area  Ranked 5th  - Total 121,665 sq mi (315,194 km²)  - Width 342 miles (550 km)  - Length 370 miles (595 km)  - % water 0. ... The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame was founded in 1950 in Saratoga Springs, New York, to honor the achievements of American thoroughbred race horses, jockeys, and trainers. ... Thoroughbred race horses The Thoroughbred is a horse breed best known as a race horse. ... Ack Ack (1966-1990) was an American Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse. ... Harry Frank Guggenheim (August 23, 1890 - January 22, 1971) was a businessman, diplomat, publisher, philanthropist, and horseman. ... Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... Dallas Hall at Dedman College at SMU The Laura Lee Blanton Hall during a rare snow storm Southern Methodist University (also known as SMU) is a nationally recognized, private, coeducational university in University Park, Texas, (an enclave of Dallas). ...


Garson donated millions for the construction of the Greer Garson Theater at the College of Santa Fe on three conditions: 1) that the stage be circular, 2) that the premiere production be William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream, and 3) that it have large ladies' rooms.[2] College of Santa Fe is a small liberal arts college in Santa Fe, New Mexico. ... Wikipedia does not yet have an article with this exact name. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Death

Greer Garson died from heart failure in Dallas on April 6, 1996, at the age of 91. She is interred there in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery. Nickname: Motto: Live Large. ... is the 96th day of the year (97th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery is located at 7405 W. Northwest Highway in Dallas, Texas. ...


Filmography

trailer for Julius Caesar (1953)
trailer for Julius Caesar (1953)
Awards
Preceded by
Joan Fontaine
for Suspicion
Academy Award for Best Actress
1942
for Mrs. Miniver
Succeeded by
Jennifer Jones
for The Song of Bernadette
Preceded by
Elizabeth Taylor
for Suddenly, Last Summer
Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture Drama
1961
for Sunrise at Campobello
Succeeded by
Geraldine Page
for Summer and Smoke

Goodbye, Mr. ... Jane Austens novel Pride and Prejudice (1813) has been the subject of numerous television and film adaptations. ... Blossoms in the Dust is a 1941 film which tells the story of a woman who takes it upon herself to help orphaned children to find homes, despite the opposition of the good citizens who think that illegitimate children are beneath their interest. ... When Ladies Meet is a 1941 MGM romantic comedy film directed by Robert Z. Leonard starring Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Greer Garson, and Herbert Marshall. ... Mrs. ... Random Harvest is a 1942 film in which a man loses his memory after being traumatized by his experiences in World War I. He begins a new life, then suddenly regains his memory and tries to pick up his old life, having no recollection of his new life. ... Madame Curie is a 1943 biographical film which tells the story of Polish- French physicist Marie Curie. ... Mrs. ... The Valley of Decision is a 1945 film which tells the story of a young house maid who falls in love with the son of the local coal mine owner. ... Adventure films is a genre of films that contain elements of adventure. ... Original film poster The Miniver Story is a 1950 film sequel to the successful 1942 film Mrs Miniver. ... The Law and the Lady, published in 1875, by Wilkie Collins, although still in print, is largely forgotten now. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 457 × 350 pixelsFull resolution (457 × 350 pixel, file size: 33 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Actress Greer Garson in the trailer for the film Julius Caesar (1953). ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 457 × 350 pixelsFull resolution (457 × 350 pixel, file size: 33 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Actress Greer Garson in the trailer for the film Julius Caesar (1953). ... Julius Caesar is a 1953 film based upon the William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar. ... Julius Caesar is a 1953 film based upon the William Shakespeare play Julius Caesar. ... Sunrise at Campobello is a 1960 film which tells the story of the struggle by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt against polio. ... Pepe is the name of a 1960 movie starring Cantinflas as the title role, directed by George Sidney and with an amount of cameo appearances vainly trying to replicate the success of another Cantinflas movie, Around the World in Eighty Days. ... The Singing Nun is a 1966 semi-biographical film about the life of Jeanine Deckers, a nun who recorded the chart-topping hit song Dominique. It starred Debbie Reynolds in the title role. ... The Happiest Millionaire is a 1967 musical film, based upon the true story of Philadelphia millionaire Anthony J. Drexel Biddle. ... Little Women (1978) was a television movie directed by David Lowell Rich is based upon Louisa May Alcotts novel of the same name. ... Joan Fontaine (born October 22, 1917) is an Academy Award-winning Japanese-born British actress, who became an American citizen in April 1943. ... Suspicion (1941) is a film noir directed by Alfred Hitchcock starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine as a married couple. ... The Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the awards given to actresses working in the motion picture industry by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; nominations are made by Academy members who are actors and actresses. ... Mrs. ... Jennie Jones (born March 2, 1919) is an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning American actress. ... Categories: Movie stubs | 1942 books | Books starting with S | 1943 films | Best Picture Oscar Nominee | Best Actress Oscar (film) | Best Supporting Actor Oscar Nominee (film) | Best Supporting Actress Oscar Nominee (film) ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... Suddenly, Last Summer is a 1959 drama film made by Columbia Pictures Corporation, based on the play of the same title by Tennessee Williams. ... The Golden Globe Award for Best Actress - Motion Picture - Drama was first awarded by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association as a separate category in 1951. ... Sunrise at Campobello is a 1960 film which tells the story of the struggle by President Franklin Delano Roosevelt against polio. ... Geraldine Sue Page (November 22, 1924 - June 13, 1987) was an Academy Award and Emmy Award-winning and Tony Award-nominated American actress. ... Summer and Smoke is a play by Tennessee Williams which tells the story of a lonely, unmarried ministers daughter who is courted by a former love, a wild, undisciplined doctor. ...

Footnotes

  1. ^ The Longest Acceptance Speech. Retrieved on 2007-04-29.
  2. ^ TCM Film Guide, p 83

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References

  • TCM Film Guide, "Leading Ladies: The 50 Most Unforgettable Actresses of the Studio Era", Chronicle Books, San Francisco, California, 2006

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Greer Garson at Reel Classics (450 words)
One of MGM's most popular and successful leading ladies of the 1940s, English-born Greer Garson received her first Best Actress nomination in 1939, an incredible five nominations in a row between 1941 and 1945, and a seventh before her career was through.
Eager to reestablish Garson's respectability and reputation, MGM next cast her as Elizabeth Bennett opposite Laurence Olivier's Fitzwilliam Darcy in the studio's prestigious 1940 adaptation of Jane Austen's PRIDE AND PREJUDICE.
Today, although Garson and Olivier's performances still stand up, the film's short-comings are amplified by a script which attempts to condense all the novel's characters and episodes into a two-hour screenplay.
Greer Garson (173 words)
She was born in London and educated at the University of London with the intention of becoming a teacher, but instead began working with an advertising agency.
Garson was signed to a contract with MGM and appeared in her first American film, Goodbye, Mr.
In 1967, Garson retired to a ranch in New Mexico with her wealthy husband, Buddy Fogelson and died in Dallas, Texas.
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