Actress. Greer Garson was beautiful, bright and most of all strong - strong enough to make Laurence Olivier wither in "Pride and Prejudice," and Walter Pidgeon to back down in their multiple, memorable pairings. Yet when she joined her strength to theirs and others, she became the symbol of a nation unconquered by Adolf Hitler. Born in London to father who died two years later, Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson received a fine education and gave up her dreams of becoming a teacher when the stage called. That's where Louis B. Mayer found her when looking for "new" talent in London. Her first American film, "Goodbye Mr. Chips," made her a star at age 35. In 1940, she was Elizabeth to Laurence Olivier's Mr. Darcy in "Pride and Prejudice," and in 1942 received the Academy Award for Best Actress for "Mrs. Miniver." To Americans, she was the embodiment of strength in Britain in those dark days, and her extraordinary talent was recognized with five consecutive Best Actress nominations - still a record shared only with Bette Davis. In 1960 she received her seventh and last Academy Award nomination for her performance as Eleanor Roosevelt in "Sunrise At Campobello." She remained a major star throughout the 1950s and 1960s, reaching out to a new generation through her 1968 narration of "The Little Drummer Boy" and a show-stealing appearance on "The Smothers Brothers." She was married three times, but her last marriage to Buddy Fogelsen, a Texas millionaire, lasted nearly 40 years (until his death), and Greer Garson improbably spent much of her life on a ranch in New Mexico. She died quietly at age 91 in 1996, perhaps not as well remembered as her peers like Davis, Hepburn, Stanwyck, but with seven Academy Award nominations, it's clear that Louis B. Mayer was on to something when he "discovered" Greer Garson.
Bio by: Portia
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