Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Women We Love: Greer Garson

Object of our affection: Greer Garson, actress.

- For her film debut in the 1939 classic Goodbye, Mr. Chips, she received the first of seven Academy Award nominations. She would win the Oscar three years later for her most famous role, as Mrs. Miniver; legend has it that she gave the longest acceptance speech in Academy history.

- Her other Oscar nominations were for Blossoms in the Dust, Madame Curie, Mrs. Parkington, The Valley of Decision and Sunrise at Campobello. For the latter, she received Best Actress honors from the Golden Globes and the National Board of Review.

- She actually made her first screen appearance on television in a 1937 production of Twelfth Night, the first known instance of a Shakespeare play performed on the then-new medium. As fate would have it, her final screen appearance was also on television, but this time it wasn't exactly Shakespeare, but a 1982 episode of The Love Boat. She is also remembered for narrating the Christmas classic The Little Drummer Boy.

- Her other classic films include Pride and Prejudice, Random Harvest, Julia Misbehaves, That Forsyte Woman, The Miniver Story (the sequel to Mrs. Miniver), Julius Caesar, The Singing Nun and The Happiest Millionaire. Her most frequent co-star was Walter Pidgeon; they co-starred in eight movies together.

- On Broadway, she replaced Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame while Russell was making the movie version of that play, and also produced several productions, including the original On Golden Pond.

1 comment:

  1. Love Greer Garson. She was also known as Metro's Golden Mother...another acronym for MGM, the studio where she was contracted, for her matriarchal roles.

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