Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Greer Garson (1904-1996)

London born of Irish ancestry, Greer attended the University of London with the intention of becoming a teacher.  Of course her career path changed after receiving good reviews during some local theatre performances prompting her to take the London stage in her late 20's full time after completing her post Grad degree at the University of Grenoble in France .  After a few years of success in theater which started out with her successful run in The Tempest there was buzz about Greer from across the pond as Hollywood came calling with offers in American films.

It's been well documented that Louis B. Mayer discovered Greer on the stage while vacationing in London, prompting him to sign her to an MGM contract in 1938.  With her flaming red hair and eloquent mannerisms, the studio felt she would be perfect as the free spirited intellectual who brings Robert Donat's character to life in "Goodbye Mr. Chips" 1939.  I don't know any lover of Classic film who hasn't seen the movie,  as well as giving it it's due for showcasing the life of a teacher, all while falling in love with him as he looks back on his career in London.  Both Greer and Donat shine under the helm of director Sam Wood.  (I actually re-watched the film during TCM's month of Oscars, prompting me to dig out Greer's autograph and here we are! But moving on).  The film was nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning for Best Actor.

With all of Greer's talent I can only imagine her delight in finding herself in such a successful film right out of the gate during a year that Hollywood exploded with movies like Gone With the Wind, The Wizard of Oz, Dark Victory, Wuthering Heights and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to name just a few. Just to be nominated that year alongside Bette Davis, Vivien Leigh, Greta Garbo and Irene Dunne must have been surreal for the bright eyed Brit.  Greer also appeared in "Remember" opposite the dashing Robert Taylor and Lew Ayres that same year,  solidifying her place in Hollywood as a star. (I'm assuming to the delight of Mayer who had great timing for his vacations abroad).

with Lew Ayres and Robert Taylor in "Remember" 1939

with Ayres and Taylor in a scene from the film

In just her second year in Hollywood, Greer won the role of Elizabeth Bennett in the screen adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" opposite Laurence Olivier (the BEST Mr. Darcy in my opinion which is quite okay since I doubt Colin Firth reads this blog, although I would love that). "Pride and Prejudice" is my favorite period piece followed by "Marie Antoinette" but please don't send me angry emails all of you GWTW lovers.  Although Greer has her critics I loved her in the film, especially her interactions with Olivier.  She was a very prim and proper little firecracker if there is such a thing.  

This would be Greer's only picture during 1940 but what a wonderful film it was.  Greer was also married during this time but separated from Edward Abbot Snelson.  They married in 1933 while Greer was still residing in London but the relationship dissolved soon after although Greer would not get a divorce until 1943.  Snelson remained in the UK and would later become a respected judge and an expert on Indian and Pakistani affairs.  His tireless work as a civil servant would lead to his being knighted years later. 

in costume for "Pride and Prejudice" 1940

with Maureen O'Sullivan in "Pride and Prejudice"

Greer starred in "Blossoms in the Dust" in 1941 which garnered her a second Oscar nomination for Best Actress although she lost out to Joan Fontaine for her role in "Suspicion".  This would be her first pairing with Walter Pidgeon which would prove to be a very successful on screen union for years to come.  Greer plays a Texas wife who finds solace in founding an orphanage after losing her own son in the romantic drama.  Her second film that year was "When Ladies Meet" where she gets involved in a love triangle with Joan Crawford and Robert Taylor.  (She holds her own in scenes with Joan which is a feat in itself).

with Robert Taylor in "When Ladies Meet"  (cover your eyes PETA).

I love this picture of Greer!

Most actresses have an 'off' year now and again but Greer continued to find success on screen with "Mrs. Miniver" in 1942.  Greer reunited with Walter Pidgeon in the war drama that would bring her a much deserved Oscar win.  For those of you who aren't really a Greer Garson fan you might be asking yourself who she beat out for the Academy Award since she was a British woman born into a middle class family playing a British woman from a middle class family, not a huge stretch.  

Not only is the film visually appealing with it's war sequences but it hit home with a lot of American's who themselves were fearful of WWII. Greer's character was relate able and superbly portrayed.  Oh, and to answer your question she beat out Bette Davis, Kathryn Hepburn, Rossalind Russell and Teresa Wright for her Oscar win.  Ironically, Teresa Wright won the Oscar for her supporting role in Mrs. Miniver and the film also took home the award for Best Picture.  

Greer doing a little pool maintenance at her Hollywood home

You might think Greer had reached the pinnacle of stardom with her role in "Mrs. Miniver" but she also starred in "Random Harvest" the same year opposite Ronald Coleman who won an Oscar for his role in the film.  The film was also one of the 10 nominated for Best Picture that year, receiving 7 nominations in all.  

I have heard several comments about there being too many films in the Best Picture category this year but it wasn't uncommon nor the first time in Oscar history.  The romantic drama takes place after WWI with Coleman playing an amnesic vet who falls in love with Greer's character, a music hall star.  

click on Greer's autograph from my collection and photos for a large view

as "Mrs. Miniver" 1942

MGM gave Greer another great script in 1943 titled  "Madame Curie", her only film that year and one that would garner her and her co-star Walter Pidgeon another Academy Award nomination.  I can only imagine how other actresses must have been feeling about the "Duchess" (Greer's nickname by now) getting so many stellar scripts thrown her way.  I'm a huge fan of biopic films so "Madame Curie" is right up my alley and one I truly enjoyed.  Greer steps into the role of Madame Curie flawlessly with the help of Pidgeon playing Pierre Curie.  Greer also found love in 1943, marrying the actor Richard Ney as soon as her divorce from Sir Edward Snelson became final.  Greer and Ney met during filming of "Mrs. Miniver" where he plays her son in the film.  Greer was 39 and Ney was 27 when they married.  (More on their tumultuous relationship a bit later).

with Walter Pidgeon in "Madame Curie" 1943

another scene from Madame Curie

Seeing her continued box office appeal not to mention financial success for the studio, MGM cast Greer in "Mrs. Parkington" in 1944 opposite Pidgeon.  Her only picture that year, it would take viewers on a journey through her character's life as she experiences romance, scandal, humiliation and heartbreak.  Of course it shouldn't come as a surprise that she was nominated for her performance yet again.  She would lose out to Ingrid Bergman for "Gaslight" that year. (I can't help but wonder if other actresses had a few snarky comments about Garson always being amongst the nominees like it was a forgone conclusion during that period).

Greer with Walter Pidgeon in "Mrs. Parkington" 1944

In 1945 Greer would star in two films, the drama "The Valley of Decision" opposite Gregory Peck then Victor Flemings romantic drama "Adventure" co-starring Clark Gable and Joan Blondell.  Greer was nominated for yet another best actress Oscar for her role in "The Valley of Decision" but she lost out that year to Joan Crawford for her comeback role in "Mildred Pierce".  Garson would take 1946 off from acting to try and save her marriage to Ney which would be in vain as they would divorce the following year.  They would go through a very nasty public divorce where Greer would testify about his physical and mental abuse, citing that he called her a "has-been" and belittled her age.  

during happier times with husband and fellow actor Richard Ney

Greer went back to work in 1947, starring in only one picture that year, another romantic war drama, "Desire Me".  The film co-starred bad boy Robert Mitchum.  There would be no Oscar nods that year, I'm sure to the delight of leading ladies everywhere.  Even though Garson carried the film on her very experienced shoulders she couldn't save it. It was ripped apart by critics and was so bad that George Cukor removed his name from the credits.  Greer almost lost her life and received serious injuries during filming when a rogue wave carried her out to sea.  The injuries that she sustained would cause her chronic pain and require several surgeries over the next few of years.  

Now free from Ney, Greer also found love again with Texas oil man  and horse breeder E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson  She would marry the millionaire in 1947 shortly after her divorce was final from Ney.  She would also continue acting and appear in one film the following year "Julia Misbehaves" alongside Walter Pidgeon, the talented Elizabeth Taylor, Peter Lawford and Cesar Romero.  

with James Cagney at the Ambassador Hotel announcing the Oscar nominees via a live radio broadcast

Continuing her tradition of doing one or two pictures a year, Greer starred in "That Forsyte Woman" in 1949 opposite Errol Flynn, Walter Pidgeon, Robert Young and Janet Leigh.  The movie achieved moderate success but Greer's focus was on her recent marriage and her new life in Dallas, Texas when not filming by this time.  

In 1950, she would reprise her role as Mrs. Miniver in "The Miniver Story" opposite Walter Pigeon and co-starring John Hodiak.  The film picks up after WWI with the Miniver's living in London while going through the struggles of those affected by war and poverty.  The film really does work as a continuation with excellent performances by Garson and Pidgeon who take up where "Mrs. Miniver" left off without a misstep. 

Continuing to receive top billing, Garson starred in "The Law and the Lady" in 1951. The comedy co-starred Michael Wilding and Fernando Lamas and Marjorie Main.  I haven't seen the picture but with Main in it I can't imagine that it would be that bad.  Perhaps if anyone reading this has had the pleasure of seeing it you will share your opinion of it.  Garson would reunite with Walter Pidgeon one last time in 1953 for "Scandal at Scourie".  They certainly achieved great success with their 8 films together, making classics that will be remembered by cinema lovers for decades to come.  (Lets hope anyway that our future generations value great films and keep showing them for future generations).  Luckily there are some great organizations, projects out there that dedicate their time and expertise into restoring and preserving films so that we can continue to enjoy them.  

Garson's second film of 1953 was "Julius Caesar" co-starring Marlon Brando, James Mason and John Gielgud. With Joseph L. Mankiewicz at the helm, the historical drama garnered 6 Oscar nominations, winning one for Art Direction under the guidance of Cedric Gibbons. This would also be one of the first films where Greer took a supporting role playing Calpurmia thus not receiving top billing.  The picture was a box office success and without trying to sound shallow I just keep thinking about how gorgeous Brando was in that costume which showed off his perfect physique.  Marc Antony never looked so good!  (No offense to Richard Burton of course). And to think Mankiewicz wanted Paul Scofield to play Marc Anthony but lucky for us Brando's screen test blew him away.

Before semi retiring, Garson starred in "Her Twelve Men" opposite Robert Ryan before taking sporadic roles on television when not committing herself to her husbands horse breeding business during the late 1950's.  In 1966 she would find herself back on the silver screen in "The Singing Nun" which starred Debbie Reynolds and Ricardo Montalban.  Her last film would be the romantic comedy "The Happiest Millionare" with Fred MacMurray in 1967.  She would retire to her ranch "Forked Lightening" in New Mexico full time in 1967 with her husband Buddy.  This would be the beginning of a new chapter in her life as a successful horse breeder.  Then there was her dedication to the Garson Theater Facility in Dallas Texas where her and her husband kept a second home.  Of course Greer being the consummate performer and having a lifetime love of acting couldn't resist appearing on the television show Love Boat in 1982.  This would be her last acting role.

Greer passed away from heart failure at her home in Dallas, surviving her husband by nine years.  She was laid to rest next to her husband Buddy Fogelson at Sparkman-Hillcrest Memorial Park cemetery in Dallas Texas.  You can view her grave site HERE.  Greer appeared in 25 films and close to 20 television shows during her career.  Although she didn't have the quantity of films that other stars of her era have on their resumes I think we can all agree that the quality more than makes up for it.  I think that it can be said that MGM was very good to her and she certainly delivered some stellar performances that will be cherished as long as theres a way to watch her films.  

Greer Garson Fun Facts:

She holds the record for consecutive Oscar nominations with Bette Davis at 5 years in a row. 

The Oscar that she won for her role in "Mrs. Miniver" was destroyed by a fire at her home and later replaced by the Academy.

She was disappointed that MGM would not cast her in more comedies and jealous that another redhead named Lucille Ball was cast in those roles, leaving her to dramas and period pieces.  Later on Ball would admit that she was disappointed that she wasn't cast in more dramas. 

She was tutored by Laurence Olivier during her theatre days in London.

She donated millions of dollars for the construction of the Greer Garson Theater at Sante Fe University of Art and Design.  Of course she had three stipulations before signing on to the project. 1. It must have a circular stage 2. The first production must be A Midsummer Night's Dream and 3. That it have a large ladies room.

Clark Gable's first film after returning from WWII was in "Adventure" with Garson. The movie's catch phrase was "Gable's back and Garson's got him! (I actually have this original print ad but it's too large to scan on my scanner.  I'll have to see if I can scan it in two parts then add it later).  Sadly for Gable the film was a huge flop, ending his reign as "The King of Hollywood".  

She replaced Rossalind Russell on Broadway in Auntie Mame in 1958.

She was offered the role of Joan Collin's mother in the hit night time soap opera "Dynasty" but turned it down.  

In 1938 she suffered from malnutrition from going on a crash diet to keep up with the "Hollywood streamline figure".

She confided that she was practically held hostage by her first husband during their honeymoon in Austria.  Upon returning to London she moved out and her husband moved to India.  (Awww! Thats a sad story as Austria is my favorite European country to visit, so beautiful and peaceful.  Not that any country is appropriate for being held hostage by a controlling mad man).

My unnecessary pics of my trip to Austria and the Alps (Point being both beautiful and peaceful without a need for being held hostage).

Upon seeing Greer's dress mannequin, Lana Turner once commented that she had very large hips.  (I'll be nice here and refrain from commenting about Lana but having 'gusty' hips would have been the least of her worries). 

Greer often stated in interviews that she was working on adopting two children, although that never materialized.  She  never had children of her own but her and her husband Buddy adopted his brothers three children after his sudden death.

Although it was rumored through the years that her Oscar acceptance speech for "Mr. Miniver" lasted an hour it actually only lasted 5 minutes which is still an Academy record.  

In her final years at MGM studios Joan Crawford was handed weak scripts in the hopes that she'd break her contract.  She held out in hopes that she would get the lead in "Madame Curie" and "Random Harvest" which both went to Greer Garson.  Fed up, Joan left MGM soon after.  

Thanks for joining me for a look at Greer Garson's career and please leave a comment on her films, any info you want to add on Greer, Austria or even Lana Turner and her figure! Ha Ha


  1. Page:
    Qué magníficos son todos tus informes!. Con cada entrada que leo aprendo cosas nuevas. Me maravillan las imágenes de archivo que publicas... Súper blog!.

    P.S.: Las fotos de Austria no son innecesarias... Todo tiene que ver con todo.



  2. Natalia,

    Me alegro de que estés disfrutando de mis posts! Siempre es genial ver a ustedes y sus comentarios muy dulce.

  3. Thanks for another amazing post, Page. To me, Greer is one of those actress you respect and heard a lot about, but I haven't seen many films from her. I didn't like her version of "Pride and Prejudice", I think it's too bland and doesn't have the marvelously tense atmosphere that the book achieves between the main characters; uhm, loved her in "Random Harvest" & "Mrs. Miniver"; hated the plot of "Julia Misbehaves" (but she is funny anyway)...and that's it. After reading your entry, I want to see "Blossoms in the dust", "Madame Curie" and..."Goodbye Mr. Chips" [now you know a lover of classic films that hasn't seen it :)]

    Well, thanks again, you have a great memorabilia collection :)

  4. She was so lovely. Very nice post.

  5. My favorite films of hers (that I've seen) are Random Harvest and Mrs. Miniver. She was simply fantastic in both of them. She was such an elegant, effortless actress and her characters always came across to me as warm and genuine (much like the person she was, from what I've heard). I liked her in Madame Curie and Goodbye, Mr. Chips, but founds both films a little bland...even despite Robert Donat's terrific performance in the latter. They are still fine films, though.

    How funny that she wanted more comedies and Lucille Ball wanted more dramas. I guess the grass is always greener! I think that they were both extremely well-suited to the kinds of films they did, though.

    As for Lana--can't really say anything but laugh. ;)

  6. Hi Clara,

    It's good to see you back! Thanks for the nice comment. I'm so glad you enjoyed the post. Oh, and trust me when I say that the list is long of the classic films I haven't seen. As much as I try, theres never enough time to get to them.


    I haven't seen you in a bit either but I'm glad you enjoyed this post on Greer.


    You're not alone in your mixed feelings about Greer! I have often heard her performances described as bland or even boring without any range.

    Who's to say what type of performances she would have given if the studio had allowed her solid comedies once in awhile. There certainly were plenty of great comedic actors under contract at MGM who could have played opposite her while she challenged herself in other roles. I tend to give her a break being a stage trained actress then theres the fact that her characters were going through such serious issues most of the time that her demeanor seemed appropriate. (Actually, when I think of the majority of British actors who spent time in the theater before transitioning to films, they come across the same way).

    As far as Lana, I guess when you're given the label of "The Sweater Girl" and you've got the figure to fill one out it comes with the ability to critique others. I've seen photos of Greer in a bathing suit actually and there was nothing wrong with her. She was tall and curvy under those loose fitting dresses and slacks.

    I'm glad you enjoyed the post as I've wanted to do one on Greer for awhile now. I'm hoping to get up the nerve to do one on Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Errol Flynn soon. Their lives were so colorful and complicated though that it's exhausting just thinking about it! Ha Ha

  7. Thanks for another great blog entry. In addition to the great info about Greer, I loved the pics of her. Many of them I never saw before. Great posting!!!

  8. Lobosco,
    Thanks so much! I'm glad you enjoyed this little write up on Greer.

  9. Great post, Page, I enjoyed many of the movies you listed on Television; favorite was "Mrs Miniver".

    As to your "Gable's back and Garson's got him!" poster, check around for professional shops - libraries with poster collections (ones that sell digital prints or CD files), auction houses - or experiment with a digital camera. Since auction houses sell large prints, and they appear in their sales catalog, they must have a way or the equipment to handle larger flat-bed scanning - without piecing multiple shots together. (Start with the website or dealer from where you purchased it - they must have had a thumbnail on their website that caught your eye.)

    I'm sorry to say I spotted two glaring identical typos “her and her husband”. (Unless English has changed since I went to school, I think it should be “she and her husband”.) In another post you misused "myself" where "me" was more appropriate.

    (Or is there a better way to report errors or suggestions off-blog? In another life I used to edit webpages for grammar, punctuation and spelling before they went public.)

  10. R,
    I'll keep your suggestion in mind if I ever get around to having my print ads scanned.

    Cataloging photos and autographs has been a tedious process so I've been busy trying to get everything organized.

    As far as my grammatical errors, those who know me through this blog know that I've commented on my writing skills. I don't have a journalism degree but a degree in Arts/Sciences. I certainly don't mind your pointing out all of my errors. I'm always open to someone giving me helpful advise to make this site more enjoyable for the reader.

    And who knows, perhaps one day I'll write a post that you'll be able to give a glowing review.

    Thanks for stopping by again. It's always a pleasure.

  11. Page, I know what you mean. I have a large collection myself. Have you ever thought about doing a blog that just has your autographs? I"ve been thinking about doing that. This way, I would post one at a time, as I'm able to get them all scanned.

  12. Tom,
    I hope you do start a blog to display your collection! I would love to see it.
    This blog actually started out for me to catalog and display my collection then things progressed into what it is now. I had no idea I would be writing long posts or photo reviews but it's been fun all the same, then theres getting to meet some amazing people with the same interests.
    One obstacle I'm facing now is that long before I thought of doing a blog I had a lot of items professionally framed. So I've been trying to think of a way to photograph them without ruining the integrity of the photos etc.

    I took pictures with my digital camera but they just weren't clear or close enough.

  13. Oh boy!!! So glad I found your blog. I so love Old Hollywood and the classic movies. What an awesome write up and photos of Greer. Just awesome; I'm off to check out the rest of all your posts.

  14. Hi Nelly,
    I'm so glad you stopped by! I hope you'll find some of my other posts enjoyable.

    I look forward to seeing you here commenting and joining in with the rest of us in our passion for Classic films.

  15. Excellent bio on Greer Garson, Page! Beautiful pictures as always. You know, I don't think I have ever seen a picture of Greer as young as the one you show at the top. She was such a beautiful woman, a real lady. (Really Lana, large hips my Aunt Fannie! Greer had a lovely figure!) Frankly I'm glad she did not go the comedy route. I dont' think that's her style.

    I love her movies, my favorites being Goodbye,Mr. Chips, Pride and Prejudice (Greer was wonderful and, much as I salivate over Colin Firth, Olivier was the perfect D'Arcy and gorgeous!), Mrs. Miniver, Madame Curie and That Forsyte Woman (Errol Flynn did a good job as the overbearing Soames, but I would have treid a little harder with THAT marriage if he had asked me to!). Madame Curie always fascinated me -- their struggle, their unique relationship, gave Greer and Walter Pidgeon great acting oppotunity. I loved it.

    I never did understand her attraction to Ney, and what an ugly divorce situation...I bet he was a piece of work! And I have only one little disagreement, and not a big one at that. I thought Marlon Brando was simply marvelous as Antony, a surprise to everyone, but I doubt if he blew Paul Scofield's test out of the water -- I think he was just better box office, and we were all lucky that Brando was so damn good. Hollywood will put the most popular star of the time in anything -- the worst example being that they were all set to star Rock Hudson as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird. I love Rock, but what a blasphemy that would have been.

    As always, just love your reviews, Page!

  16. Thanks Becky!

    I like Greer very much so this was a fun post to do.

    Now as for Brando, I never claimed he was my favorite actor just that he was easy on the eyes in that costume. Ha Ha

    Trust me when I say that I have my issues with Brando. One trivial thing being that he rarely signed his own autograph so 90% out there for sale are FAKES! Same goes for Sinatra. But anyway I'm glad you enjoyed the post.

    Look for an email from me so we can get together on our little project. : )

  17. I guess I didn't find Greer so dull as I did the films in general. I was surprised actually at what a little role she had in Goodbye, Mr. Chips. And then she had to die. *sigh* I really do like her, though. She is one my favorite actresses and by all accounts a genuine and kind lady in real life.

    And don't worry about your spelling/grammar, Page. I am always petrified that I will have a typo in one of my posts (or that there is a grammar rule I am not aware of) and I am constantly rereading them. But I still make plenty of grammar mistakes, I'm sure! As for science and math...I envy anyone who can make sense of those fields!

    I think Olivier may very well be my favorite Darcy, too. I recently rewatched the Colin Firth version and found myself slightly preferring Olivier's characterization. Both are good films, though. One thing that always kind of bothers me about the 1940 version is that the costumes were so wrong for the time period. I'm trying to overlook it, though. :P

  18. I had to come back when I read Audrey's comment...I too am terrified that I will make a grammar or spelling error, especially one that could be misconstrued as a word I didn't mean! Anyway, Audrey's point is well taken about period costumes in Hollywood at that time. I remember reading about the costuming of "Wuthering Heights" with Olivier and Merle Oberon. The producer or somebody was just in love with her, and wanted her to be able to show off her lovely shoulders and bosom. In the actual time period of Wuthering Heights, dresses were not designed that way at all. They changed time periods just for Merle!

  19. Audrey,
    Thanks so much!
    Did you catch the clip on the sidebar of Greer on Whats My Line because it's fantastic.
    Greer smoking, and looking fabulous as she stumps the panel which includes Orson Welles plumped up like a Christmas goose! His look at the end is priceless.

    I love seeing the old Hollywood stars on that show years later. Plus they always sign their names at the beginning which is the one true reference for a signature.

  20. Tom,
    I just realized that you have a blog! I can't believe I hadn't looked into it before now (You could have mentioned it Mister)!

    I added it to the Blog Roll and I plan to have a look.

  21. Thanks! I thought I mentioned it! lol

  22. Tom,
    I love the layout with the cinema effect! That's what I wanted initially and this is all I could come up with on a good day. Ha Ha

    I have to say though that I'm a bit mad at ya for that dang pastry video and those photos! They looked so good my mouth is watering. They remind me a lot of Kolachki's which I love! When we have the Czech festival here I have to stock up on them. So good!

  23. Haha - I usually endulge on one paczi and one Shamrock Shake this time of year.

  24. I'm late! Man, I get busy for one week and I miss all the fun posts ... :)

    I LOVE Greer Garson. You've done her justice, and I hate Lana Turner a little right now because of her rude hips comment. Shame on her -- and how many husbands did she have? I'm a total sucker for Random Harvest -- Greer Garson and Ronald Colman ... sigh. That movie really shouldn't work but it does. Mrs. Miniver will always be a favorite. Excellent! And if you ever decide to part with her autograph, I'd like first crack at it :)

  25. Thanks for the nice comments Cfb!
    I'm glad you enjoy Greer's films as much as I do. She was such a talented and genuinely kind woman.

  26. Dear Page,
    I am so glad I am not alone in this world for liking, no, LOVING Greer Garson and her performances. I am very much impressed with the write up you've written, which is very nicely written! :)

  27. Eevee,
    Thanks for the really nice compliments! I'm glad you enjoyed this post on Greer and I hope you'll keep coming back to visit.
    I plan to check out your blog today as well.

  28. Oh, Page, heehee, thanks!

    Btw, my name is April. I use Eve because I've always liked that name. :)

    Go ahead, check my blog out. They're mostly ramblings, but you'll find a lot about old movies there, too! And a blog about Greer and Walter, although I've never updated it recently. :) Keep your blog posts coming, fellow Greer fan!

  29. I truly enjoyed reading this blog. Greer is my all time favourite. I have researched her life, gotten most of her movies, even got her autograph :-)

    Always nice to read other people's thoughts about her. Thank you.

  30. Hi Preston,
    I'm so glad you enjoyed this post on Greer.
    Thanks for your kind comments! Please have a look around and come back often! The more the merrier in our discussions on Old Hollywood.

  31. Hi,I loved your page on Greer Garson, it took me back many years down memory lane, sadly these wonderful old classic film are no longer shown. I would love to see them on our TV screens. I have tried to purchase Classic Films on DVD'S but have had no success. Any advice you can give me would be very much appreciated. Regards,

  32. Anon,
    Thanks so much for leaving a comment on Greer, one of our great actresses. I do see a lot of her films aired on TCM and then Netflix is a great source for her films (better known titles)
    I hope you'll come back to visit and comment often.
    Happy Holidays!

  33. I really liked your bio of Greer Garson! Makes me ready to dog out all the old VHS tapes I have of old movies which I love. The only question I have is about the first photo from "Madame Curie." I believe the man in the photo is possibly Van Johnson and not Walter Pidgeon.

    Thanks for an enjoyable read!

  34. Ronald Colman won his Oscar for A Double Life not for Random Harvest

  35. The photo which you say is from Madame Curie, is actually Greer and Van Johnson,.. - not Walter Pidgeon,..

    1. Thanks!
      I'll get this corrected. Appreciate your comment.

  36. I just returned from a tour of Greer and Buddy's ranch outside Santa Fe New Mexico. The ranch was deeded over to the National Park Service and is kept in very good condition. Also stopped by the College Of Santa Fe (generously funded by Greer and Buddy) to see a beautiful bed of Miniver roses on the grounds. Thanks for a great website commemorating a great actress. Frank Thompson, Ruidoso, New Mexico

    1. Glad to hear you were able to visit the ranch as well as the College. I DO hope to do the same one day. It's on my 'bucket list' as well as a visit to the Garson Theatre at SMU in Dallas...as well as pay a visit to her grave site.

  37. Argh!! I just lost a nearly-done reply so will retype part of this. 2nd try! I enjoyed your tribute immensely. Two small factual errors to fix - 1) the photo you have near top of Garson as Mrs. Miniver - you have it dated 1942. That photo, where she is seated at a restaurant table reading a letter, is from an early scene in "The Miniver Story" 1950. I do love that film too! It really grows on you! 2) Greer Garson married 'Buddy' Fogelson on July 15, 1949 - not 1947. Yes, I am a big fan! Since most of these comments are 2 years old - a number of those films are indeed now available on DVD. Please DO post more! Regards, Mombam, Central NJ.

    1. Dear, Leslie!
      I do love commenter like you who break the news gently that I've screwed up once again. : )

      I will re-assign the names to these photos. I'm thrilled though that you took the time to comment on ole Greer! I do adore here and it is seldom that anyone takes the time to read up on her so thanks for that. ha ha

      Please continue to comment but go easy as I'm not the best writer in the world or even in the top 3%.

      All the best!

  38. I have always loved her! My mother desperately wanted to name me Greer.....my mother is from Scotland but is a Campbell and MacLeod and that would not have gone over well so I was named for my Irish grandmother and Mary Kate Danaher from The Quiet Man.....and Greer, Maureen O'Hara (Mary Kate) and I are all red heads! lol

  39. Hi There (as Greer Garson says in her opening lines of 'Mr. Chips'. I don't know if you know that there is a VERY active and lively page on Facebook devoted to Greer Garson: the Greer Garson Appreciation Page. Someone posted a link to your blog on it today - which gave me the opportunity to re-read both the blog and the comments (mine, from 2013) is at the bottom). Since that time, I have visited Santa Fe and the Forked Lightning Ranch house. Last year, at the end of Sept. (2014), the Santa Fe University of Art & Design (SFUAD) and the Pecos National Historic Park, coordinated to present several events during a weekend celebration of what would have been Greer Garson's 110th birthday. I attended everything. It was an unforgettable weekend. At the college, there was a panel discussion which included several teachers and administrators who had worked directly with her during the years when she and her husband, Buddy Fogelson, were involved with the college - donating both their time and money.They did so much for the college and the Pecos area where they donated 10,000 acres which became the Pecos National Historic Park (including a wonderful Visitor's Center/museum). Please visit the FB page and join in the fun.

  40. The picture of Greer and Robert Taylor was from Remember? not When Ladies Meet.
    Ronald Colman (not Coleman) was nominated for Random Harvest but did NOT win.
    Greer married Buddy in 1949 not'47.