Greer Garson

Greer Garson


9/29/1904, London, England



Birth Name

Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson



Also Known As

Eileen Garson
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Greer Garson (September 29, 1904 - April 06 1996) was a Golden Globe and Academy Award winning television and motion pictures actress best known for her roles in film noir's. Greer was born in London, England to small-time actress Nina Ross. Her first movie appearance was in the…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Greer accepted Sophia Loren's Oscar for Best Actress at the 1963 Academy Award ceremony on her behalf, as she couldn't attend.

    • Greer, with Bette Davis, holds the record for the most consecutive Oscar for Best Actress nomination; 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945.

    • Greer was married to E.E. Fogelson from 1949 until his death in 1987.

    • While she attended the University of London Greer intended to be a teacher.

    • Michael Troyan was the first person to write a biography on Greer. It was called A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson and was released in 1998. The "Mrs. Miniver" in the title refers to Greer's Oscar winning performance in Mrs. Miniver.

    • Greer was one of the most noticeable film noir actress' as she had red hair.

    • Greer married fellow actor Richard Ney, who played her son in Mrs. Miniver in 1943 but they divorced in 1947.

    • Greer suffered from severe malnutrition in 1938 when she went on a crash diet to try an achieve a slimmer figure.

    • Greer has stated that her favourite film is Top Gun.

    • Greer was one of the many celebrities who supported Robert Kennedy's 1968 presidential election campaign.

    • At the 1952 Oscar ceremony, Greer accepted Vivian Leigh's Oscar for Best Actress on her behalf as she couldn't attend the ceremony.

    • The original Oscar Greer won for Mrs. Miniver was destroyed at a fire in her house, but the Academy later sent her a complementary replacement to the award.

    • Greer received the Women's International Center Living Legacy Award in 1990.

    • Greer was married to Edward Alec Abbot Snelson from 1933 to 1940.

    • Greer was the primary donator for the construction of the Greer Garson Theater at the University of Santa Fe.

    • Greer became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1951.

    • Greer had degrees in French and eighteenth century literature, both obtained from the University of London.

    • Greer was the first person to play the famous role of "Elizabeth Bennett" from Pride and Prejudice.

    • Greer was of Irish extraction, as her mother, Nancy, was born in Ireland.

    • Greer's childhood nickname was "Eggy".

  • Quotes

    • Greer: All I know about getting something that you want is that there are three essential things: wanting, trying and getting the opportunity, the breaks. None works alone without the others. Wanting is basic. Trying is up to you. And the breaks, I do know this, they always happen.

    • Greer (speaking in 1972): I've been offered nymphomaniacs, kleptomaniacs, pyromaniacs, homicidal maniacs and just plain maniacs. I think producers felt that after playing a long series of noble and admirable characters there would be quite a lot of shock value in seeing me play something altogether different. But I prefer upbeat stories that send people out of the theater feeling better than they did coming in. It's my cup of tea.

    • Greer (talking in the 90's about Hollywood increase in "violent" films): think the mirror should be tilted slightly upward when it's reflecting life, toward the cheerful, the tender, the compassionate, the brave, the funny, the encouraging, all those things, and not tilted down to the gutter part of the time, into the troubled vistas of conflict.

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