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Greer Garson

Born Sep 29, 1904

Greer Garson, CBE was a British actress who was very popular during World War II, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America's top ten box office draws in 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, and 1946. As one of MGM's major stars of the 1940s, Garson received seven Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver (1942).… Read More

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1904 Birth Greer Garson was born Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson in Manor Park, Essex, England in 1904, the only child of George Garson (1865–1906), a clerk born in London, but with Scottish lineage, and his wife, Nina (née Nancy Sophia Greer; died 1958). … Read More


1932 27 Years Old Greer Garson's early professional appearances were on stage, starting at Birmingham Repertory Theatre in January 1932.
1933 28 Years Old Garson was married three times. Her first marriage, on 28 September 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 affairs. The actual marriage reportedly lasted only a few weeks, but it was not formally dissolved until 1943.


1937 32 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared on television during its earliest years (the late 1930s), most notably starring in a thirty-minute production of an excerpt of Twelfth Night in May 1937, with Dorothy Black. … Read More
1940 35 Years Old She received critical acclaim the next year for her role as Elizabeth Bennet in the 1940 film, Pride and Prejudice.
1941 36 Years Old Garson starred with 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' 1938-42 record, a record that still stands.
1942 37 Years Old 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, after which the Academy Awards instituted a time limit.) She was also nominated for Madame Curie (1943), Mrs. Parkington (1944), and The Valley of Decision (1945). … Read More
1943 38 Years Old Her second husband, whom she married (at age 39) in 1943, was Richard Ney (1916–2004), the younger actor (27 years old) who played her son in Mrs. Miniver.


1947 42 Years Old They divorced in 1947, with Garson claiming that Ney called her a "has-been" and belittled her age, as well as testimony from Garson that he also physically abused her. … Read More
1949 44 Years Old In 1949, 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. They purchased the U.S. Hall of Fame champion Thoroughbred Ack Ack from the estate of Harry F. Guggenheim in 1971 and were highly successful as breeders. … Read More
1951 46 Years Old In 1951, she became a naturalised citizen of the United States.
1954 49 Years Old She made only a few films after her MGM contract expired in 1954. … Read More


1956 51 Years Old On 4 October 1956, Garson appeared with Reginald Gardiner as the first two guest stars in the series premiere of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford.
1958 53 Years Old Ms. Garson appeared as a mystery guest on What's My Line on 6 April 1958. … Read More
1960 55 Years Old 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. … Read More


1967 62 Years Old Garson's last film, in 1967, was Disney's The Happiest Millionaire, although she made infrequent television appearances afterwards.
1968 63 Years Old In 1968, she narrated the children's television special The Little Drummer Boy, which is currently being aired on ABC Family.
1996 92 Years Old Greer Garson died from heart failure at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas on 6 April 1996 at the age of 91. … Read More
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