Greer Garson Biography

Birthday: 1904-09-29
Place of Birth: London, England
Height: 5' 6" (1.68 m)
Wiki Biography: Greer Garson was born in London, England, on September 29, 1904. Her childhood was a normal if not non-descript life. Greer showed no early signs of interest in becoming an actress. She was educated at the University of London with the intentions of becoming a teacher. Instead, she opted to work with an advertising agency. During this time, she appeared in local theatrical productions gaining a reputation as an extremely talented actress. She was discovered by Louis B. Mayer while he was on a visit to London looking for new talent. Greer was signed to a contract with MGM and appeared in her first American film in 1939. The movie in question was Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), which won rave reviews and garnered her a nomination as best actress, the first of six nominations. Already, she was a force to be reckoned with in Hollywood. The following year would see Greer in the highly acclaimed Pride and Prejudice (1940) as "Elizabeth Bennet". 1941 saw her get a second nomination for her role as Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust (1941). Garson won her first Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver (1942), a role which she would forever be known by. As Marie Curie in Madame Curie (1943), she would get another nomination and the same the next year in Mrs. Parkington (1944). It seemed that any movie she was a part of would surely be a success. Sure enough, in 1945, she won yet another nomination for her role as "Mary Rafferty" in The Valley of Decision (1945). But, through the 1940s, she was constantly typecast in roles that didn't allow for a lot of creativity. MGM felt that the roles she played were sure winners and, for the time being, they were right, but that didn't make Garson feel any better about it. She would stay with MGM until 1954. In 1946, Greer appeared in Adventure (1945), which was a flop at the box-office. 1947's Desire Me (1947) was no less a disaster. Her downward spiral stopped in the hit That Forsyte Woman (1949). The next year, she reprised her role as "Kay Miniver" in The Miniver Story (1950). Unfortunately, it didn't fare too well. For the remainder of the 1950s, she endured several less-than-appreciated films. Then, 1960 found her cast in the role of Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello (1960). This film was, perhaps, her finest work and landed her seventh Academy Award nomination. Her final appearances on the silver screen were in The Singing Nun (1966) as "Mother Prioress" and The Happiest Millionaire (1967). After a few TV movies, Garson retired to the New Mexico ranch she shared with her husband, millionaire Buddy E.E. Fogelson. She concentrated on the environment and other various charities. By the 1980s, she was suffering from chronic heart problems prompting her to slow down. That was the cause of her death on April 6, 1996 in Dallas, Texas. She was 91. IMDb Mini Biography By: Denny Jackson Mini Biography Greer Garson was working at an advertising agency at age 24, when she decided to start a career as a full-time actor. While playing in "Old Music" in London, she was discovered by MGM's Louis B. Mayer who gave her a contract the following day. Her first part was in Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939), which gave her an Oscar nomination for best actress, followed by the part as "Elizabeth Bennet" in Pride and Prejudice (1940). In 1942, she played the title role in Mrs. Miniver (1942), a WWII morale-booster, for which she won an Oscar as best actress. Although not happy with always being given the same kind of roles, she stayed with MGM until 1954. After this, she made few appearances in films, although her portrayal as Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello (1960) gave her another Oscar nomination.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Theatre Parade 1936
Little Drummer Boy 1968 Family
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Goodbye, Mr. Chips Katherine 1939 0
Blossoms in the Dust 1941 Drama, Romance
When Ladies Meet Mrs. Claire Woodruff 1941 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Mrs. Miniver Mrs. Miniver 1942 Romance, 0
Madame Curie Marie Curie 1943 0
Random Harvest Paula 1943 Drama, Romance
Mrs. Parkington 1944
The Valley of Decision 1945
Julia Misbehaves 1948 0
That Forsyte Woman Irene Forsyte 1949
Sunrise at Campobello Eleanor Roosevelt 1960 Drama
The Singing Nun 1966 0, 0, 0
The Happiest Millionaire 1967 Family, Romance, Comedy