Greer Garson

Greer Garson
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Greer Garson
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Actress
Born Sept. 29, 1904 in County Down, Ireland
Died April 6, 1996 of heart failure in Dallas, Texas

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."

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    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

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