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 on 29 September 1904 in Manor Park, East Ham, Essex, the only child of Nina (née Nancy Sophia Greer; died 1958) and George Garson (1865–1906), a commercial clerk in a London importing business. … Read More
1908 3 Years Old …  Around this time, a more plausible year of birth for Garson, 1908, began to appear in print. … Read More
1910 5 Years Old …  On the official passenger manifest she was listed under her married name, Greer Fogelson with an age of 39 years - making her year of birth 1910.
1914 9 Years Old For much of her life, Garson's true age was concealed from the public. When she was making feature films, her year of birth was given as 1914, making her 10 years younger than she really was.


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. … Read More


1937 32 Years Old 1 More Event
She appeared on television during its earliest years (the late 1930s), most notably starring in a 30-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, which 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 1 More Event
The actual marriage reportedly lasted only a few weeks, but it was not formally dissolved until 1943. … Read More


1949 44 Years Old In 1949, Garson married a millionaire Texas oilman and horse breeder, E.E. "Buddy" Fogelson (1900–1987). 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 of the series, in the premiere of NBC's The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford. … Read More
1957 52 Years Old She was a panelist on the 12 May 1957 episode.
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 - 1982 3 More Events
1991 86 Years Old Garson received an honorary Doctor of Arts degree from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, her late husband's alma mater, in 1991.
1993 88 Years Old In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II recognised Garson's achievements by investing her as Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
1996 92 Years Old In her final years, Garson occupied a penthouse suite at the Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She died there from heart failure on 6 April 1996, at the age of 91. … Read More
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