British actress Greer Garson earned a 1942 Academy Award for her performance as the courageous English housewife in "Mrs. Miniver."
Although she lasted less than a decade as a major motion picture star, the impression of her aristocratic beauty and gentle manner set a style that echoed in the public mind for more than a quarter-century after she had virtually retired.
The titian-haired product of the English theater — who had six Oscar nominations in addition to her win — felt she was never able to get beyond the public's image of her as Mrs. Miniver, the steadfast wife of an Englishman fighting a threatened Nazi invasion of Britain.
"I made my stage start in light comedy," she told an interviewer during the late 1940s, "and I entered film with the idea that I would find the same kind of parts—with some really nasty villainesses for good measure.
"Instead, I seem eternally to be Mrs. Miniver.
"It's not that I don't enjoy such roles. Anyone would. But I would so like to play a real bitch just once."
|1939||Best Actress||Goodbye, Mr. Chips||Nomination|
|1941||Best Actress||Blossoms in the Dust||Nomination|
|1942||Best Actress||Mrs. Miniver||Win|
|1943||Best Actress||Madame Curie||Nomination|
|1944||Best Actress||Mrs. Parkington||Nomination|
|1945||Best Actress||The Valley of Decision||Nomination|
|1960||Best Actress||Sunrise at Campobello||Nomination|