Metro's Glorified Mother
Greer GARSON | Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson

* 29.09.1904, London, England, GB † 06.04.1996, Dallas, USA

1921-26 Studium an University of London (BA) * Arbeit in einer Londoner Werbeagentur * ab 1931 Theaterauftritte mit Birmingham Repertory Company (2 Jahre lang) * 1934 Bühnendebüt in London * 1937 Langzeitvertrag bei MGM * 1939 Filmdebüt * 1941 erster gemeinsamer Streifen (Blossoms in the Dust) mit Walter Pidgeon (insgesamt 8 Filme) * großer Erfolg mit Mrs. Miniver (Oscar) - 1942-46 fünf Oscar-Nominierungen (beste Hauptdarstellerin) in fünf Jahren hintereinander * umfangreiche Radioarbeit * Ende der 50er weitgehender Rückzug vom Showbusiness * Engagement für wohltätige Zwecke * Genres: Drama / Komödie


Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939-GB/USA * Sam Wood / Katherine Chipping)
Remember ? (1939-USA * Norman Z. McLeod / Linda Bronson)
Pride and Prejudice (Stolz und Vorurteil, 1940-USA * Robert Z. Leonard / Elizabeth Bennet)
Blossoms in the Dust (Blüten im Staub, 1941-USA * Mervyn LeRoy / Edna Gladney)
When Ladies Meet (1941-USA * Robert Z. Leonard / Claire Woodruff)
Mrs. Miniver (Mrs. Miniver, 1941/42-USA * R: William Wyler, B: Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West / Roman von Jan Struther, K: Joseph Ruttenberg, M: Herbert Stothart, D: GG-Kay Miniver, Walter Pidgeon) 134m-Melodram
# Random Harvest (Gefundene Jahre, 1942-USA * Mervyn LeRoy ... Paula) (Roman von James Hilton, 1941) (04-07; 4212)
The Youngest Profession (1942-USA * Edward Buzzell / cameo)
Madame Curie (Madame Curie, 1943-USA * Mervyn LeRoy / Marie Skłodowska-Curie)
Mrs. Parkington (Tagebuch einer Frau, 1944-USA * Tay Garnett / Susie Parkington)
The Valley of Decision (Die Entscheidung, 1944-USA * R: Tay Garnett, B: John Meehan, Sonya Levien / Roman von Marcia Davenport, K: Joseph Ruttenberg, M: Herbert Stothart, D: GG-Mary Rafferty, Gregory Peck) 119m-Drama
Adventure (1945-USA * Victor Fleming / Emily Sears)
Desire Me (1946-USA * keine Regieangabe / Marise Aubert)
Julia Misbehaves (Die unvollkommene Dame, 1948-USA * Jack Conway / Julia Packett)
# That Forsyte Woman (Das Schicksal der Irene Forsyte, 1948/49-USA * Compton Bennett ... Irene Forsyte) (Roman von John Galsworthy) (12-03; 4911)
The Miniver Story (Ihr Geheimnis, 1950-USA * H.C. Potter / Kay Miniver)
The Law and the Lady (Der Gauner und die Lady, 1951-USA * Edwin H. Knopf / Jane Hoskins)
# Scandal at Scourie (Skandal um Patsy, 1952-USA * Jean Negulesco ... Mrs. McChesney) (Kurzgeschichte von Mary McSherry) (07-08; 5306)
Julius Caesar (Julius Caesar, 1952-USA * Joseph L. Mankiewicz / Calpurnia)
Her 12 Men (Ihre zwölf Männer, 1954-USA * Robert Z. Leonard / Jan Stewart)
Strange Lady in Town (Aus dem Leben einer Ärztin, 1954-USA * Mervyn LeRoy / Julia Winslow Garth)
Sunrise at Campobello (1960-USA * Vincent J. Donehue / Eleanor Roosevelt)
Pepe (Pepe – Was kann die Welt schon kosten, 1960-USA * George Sidney / cameo)
The Singing Nun (Dominique - Die singende Nonne, 1965-USA * Henry Koster / Priorin)
The Happiest Millionaire (Der glücklichste Millionär, 1967-USA * Norman Tokar / Cordelia Biddle)


Academy Award (Oscar) für Mrs. Miniver (beste Hauptdarstellerin, 1943)
National Board of Review Award für Sunrise at Campobello (beste Darstellerin, 1960)
Golden Globe für Sunrise at Campobello (beste Darstellerin – Kategorie Drama, 1961)


Michael Troyan: A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1999 > XIII, 463 S. : Ill. * Performances of Greer Garson, Bibliography, Index |
In this first-ever biography of Greer Garson, Michael Troyan sweeps away the many myths that even today veil her life. The true origins of her birth, her fairy-tale discovery in Hollywood, and her career struggles at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are revealed for the first time. Garson combined an everywoman quality with grace, charm, and refinement. She won the Academy Award in 1941 for her role in Mrs. Miniver , and for the next decade she reigned as the queen of MGM. Co-star Christopher Plummer remembered, "Here was a siren who had depth, strength, dignity, and humor who could inspire great trust, suggest deep intellect and whose misty languorous eyes melted your heart away!" Garson earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, and fourteen of her films premiered at Radio City Music Hall, playing for a total of eighty-four weeks--a record never equaled by any other actress. She was a central figure in the golden age of the studios, working with legendary performers Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Debbie Reynolds, and Walter Pidgeon. Garson's experiences offer a fascinating glimpse at the studio system in the years when stars were closely linked to a particular studio and moguls such as L.B. Mayer broke or made careers. With the benefit of exclusive access to studio production files, personal letters and diaries, and the cooperation of her family, Troyan explores the triumphs and tragedies of her personal life, a story more colorful than any role she played on screen.

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