39 Facts About Greer Garson


Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson was a British-American actress and singer.


Greer Garson was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who became popular during the Second World War for her portrayal of strong women on the homefront; listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top-ten box office draws from 1942 to 1946.


The fourth most-nominated woman for the Best Actress Oscar, Garson received seven Academy Award nominations, including a record-tying five consecutive nominations in the actress category, winning for her performance in the title role of the 1942 film Mrs Miniver.


Greer Garson was born on 29 September 1904 in Manor Park, East Ham, the only child of Nancy Sophia "Nina" and George Garson, a commercial clerk in a London importing business.


Greer Garson's father was born in London to Scottish parents, and her mother was born at Drumalore, a townland near Belturbet in County Cavan, Ireland.


The name Greer Garson is a contraction of MacGregor, another family name.


Greer Garson read French and 18th-century literature at King's College London and did her postgraduate studies at the University of Grenoble.


Greer Garson appeared on television during its earliest years, most notably starring in a 30-minute production of an excerpt of Twelfth Night in May 1937, with Dorothy Black.


Greer Garson was signed to a contract with MGM in late 1937.


Greer Garson began work on her first film, Goodbye, Mr Chips, in late 1938.


Greer Garson received her first Oscar nomination for the role, but lost to Vivien Leigh for Gone with the Wind.


Greer Garson received critical acclaim the next year for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1940 film Pride and Prejudice.


Greer Garson starred with Joan Crawford in When Ladies Meet, a 1941 poorly received and sanitized re-make of a pre-Code 1933 film of the same name, which had starred Ann Harding and Myrna Loy.


Greer Garson starred in two Academy Award-nominated films in 1942, Mrs Miniver and Random Harvest.


Greer Garson won the Academy for Best Actress for her performance as a strong British wife and mother protecting the homefront during the Second World War in Mrs Miniver, which co-starred Walter Pidgeon.


The drama received seven Academy Award nominations, including Colman for Best Actor and Best Picture, but Greer Garson was ineligible, as she had already been nominated that year for Mrs Miniver.


Greer Garson received Oscar nominations for her performances in the films Madame Curie, Mrs Parkington, and The Valley of Decision.


Greer Garson frequently co-starred with Walter Pidgeon, ultimately making eight pictures with him: Blossoms in the Dust, Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie, Mrs Parkington, Julia Misbehaves, That Forsyte Woman, The Miniver Story, and Scandal at Scourie.


Greer Garson was partnered with Clark Gable after his return from war service in Adventure.


Greer Garson injured her back again while filming Desire Me in Monterey on 26 April 1946 when a wave knocked her and co-star Richard Hart from the rocks where they were rehearsing.


Greer Garson was bruised and in shock and required by doctors to rest for several days.


Greer Garson's popularity declined somewhat in the late 1940s, but she remained a prominent film star until the mid-1950s.


Greer Garson made only a few films after her MGM contract expired in 1954.


In 1960, Greer Garson received her seventh and final Oscar nomination for Sunrise at Campobello, playing Eleanor Roosevelt, this time losing to Elizabeth Taylor for BUtterfield 8.


Greer Garson was a special guest on an episode of the TV series Father Knows Best, playing herself.


On 4 October 1956, Greer Garson appeared with Reginald Gardiner as the first two guest stars of the series in the premiere of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.


Greer Garson appeared as a mystery guest on What's My Line on 25 October 1953 and again on 6 April 1958 to promote her appearance on stage in Auntie Mame.


Greer Garson served as a panelist rather than a guest on the What's My Line episode which aired on 12 May 1957.


Greer Garson returned to MGM for a role in The Singing Nun, starring Debbie Reynolds.


MGM claimed that Greer Garson was merely three years older than Ney and tried to portray them as a happy couple, but the marriage was troubled.


Greer Garson founded a permanent endowment for the Fogelson Honors Forum at Texas Christian University, Buddy Fogelson's alma mater, in nearby Fort Worth.


In 1951, Greer Garson became a dual citizen of the United Kingdom and the United States.


Greer Garson was a registered Republican and in 1966 was asked to run for Congress on the Republican ticket against Democrat Earle Cabell but declined.


Greer Garson lived her final years in a penthouse suite at the Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where she died from heart failure on 6 April 1996, at the age of 91.


Greer Garson is interred beside her husband in the Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park Cemetery in Dallas.


Greer Garson received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in 1991.


Greer Garson received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 8 February 1960 located at 1651 Vine Street in Los Angeles, CA.


Greer Garson won an Academy Award out of 7 nominations for Best Actress, including the most consecutive nominations, from 1941 to 1945, tied with Bette Davis.


Greer Garson was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the following performances:.