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Although it is sometimes bandied about as an anecdotal piece of Oscar trivia, she did not "ramble on for over an hour" after receiving her 1943 Academy Award for Mrs. Miniver (1942). Her acceptance speech was actually only 5-1/2 minutes in length. This still makes it the longest acceptance speech ever.

Her given name, Greer, was a contraction of MacGregor, her mother`s maiden name.

Had homes in Dallas, Los Angeles and ranch near Pecos, New Mexico.

Signed up by MGM boss Louis B. Mayer when he saw her acting on a London stage. [1937]

Well-known for activities on behalf of educational and cultural institutions.

Nominated for an Academy Award five years in a row: 1941, 1942, 1943, 1944 and 1945. She holds the record for most consecutive nominations with Bette Davis.

Lana Turner remembered that in the MGM wardrobe department, Garson`s fitting mannequin had the largest hips, "but she is a tall woman."

A fire at her home destroyed the original Oscar she had won for best actress in Mrs. Miniver (1942). The Academy of Motion Pictures later sent her a replacement.

While at MGM in the 1940s she said that she would liked to have been cast in more comedies rather than dramas, and was jealous that those roles were given to another redhead who recently signed with the studio, Lucille Ball. Ironically, Ball was dissatisfied at being overlooked for dramatic roles.

Replaced Rosalind Russell in the Broadway version of Auntie Mame in 1958.

In 1952, she accepted the Oscar for best actress in a leading role on behalf of Vivien Leigh, who wasn`t present at the awards ceremony.

In 1962, she accepted the Oscar for best actress in a leading role on behalf of Sophia Loren, who wasn`t present at the awards ceremony.

In the 1982, she turned down Aaron Spelling`s offer of a part in the hit soap "Dynasty" (1981), playing mother to Joan Collins`s Alexis.

She was a fan of the film Top Gun (1986).

In 1938 she suffered malnutrition from embarking on a crash diet to achieve the standard Hollywood slimline figure.

Graduated from the University of London and studied at the University of Grenoble (

Biography in: "American National Biography". Supplement 1, pp. 225-227. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002. (

Greer had three step-children, adopted by her husband Buddy Folgolsen after his brother`s death. (

Measurements: 36 B/C- 25- 38 (

In the MGM all-star spectacular Ziegfeld Follies (1946), there is a skit entitled "The Great Lady Gives an Interview" written by Roger Edens and Kay Thompson. It was originally meant to be performed by Garson as a spoof of her image in dramas such as Madame Curie (1943). She refused to do it, and Judy Garland did a satirical impersonation of her as "Madame Crematon, the inventor of the safety pin". (

Her first marriage lasted for the duration of her honeymoon. On her honeymoon in Austria she was practically held hostage by her possessive husband and on her return to England she moved in with her mother and her husband moved to India. (

During the filming of Blossoms in the Dust (1941) she informed fan magazines that she planned to adopt two babies if she did not marry soon because every home in American should not be without children. She did not carry out her statement even though she did marry twice after declaring her wish to adopt. (

There is a Greer Garson Theater on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Greer also donated many of her papers and personal effects to the Southern Methodist University Jake and Nancy Hamon Library. (

Was a recipient of the prestigious TACA/Neiman-Marcus Silver Cup Award for her contributions to the arts in Dallas. (

Received the Women`s International Center (WIC) Living Legacy Award in 1990. (

Tutored by Laurence Olivier during her theatre days in London. (

In Italy, almost all her films were dubbed by Tina Lattanzi, except When Ladies Meet (1941) and The Happiest Millionaire (1967) where she was dubbed respectively by Giovanna Scotto and Rosetta Calavetta. (

Was one of the notable celebrities, along with Roosevelt (Rosie) Grier, who actively supported RFK`s candidacy in 1968, prior to his tragic death. (

Best known for her role in Mrs. Miniver (1942) (

Daughter of Nina Ross. (

She married Richard Ney after filming Mrs. Miniver (1942), in which he played her son. (

Donated millions to have the Greer Garson Theater built, at the College of Santa Fe. She had three conditions that had to be followed: 1) It had to be a working circular stage, 2) the first play had to be A Midsummer`s Night Dream, and 3) it had to have large ladies` restrooms. (

She once broke a dental cap in Trader Vic`s restaurant and had to reassemble the bits with gift-shop adhesive.

She loved a breakfast of orange juice with a raw egg in it.

"Scandal at Scourie" (1953) was the only Greer Garson/Walter Pidgeon film that did not open at Radio City Music Hall. It was also the last time the famous couple would ever act together.

Directors George Cukor and Mervyn LeRoy both worked on Greer`s 1947 movie "Desire Me." Both tried to make something out of it, but failed. Both of them insisted that their names not appear on the screen, and so the picture came out without any director listed at all, the only major film ever issued without a director`s credit.

"The Valley of Decision" (1945) brought in $8,096,000, the biggest gross of any Greer Garson film, and Greer`s sixth nomination for Best Actress.

Her husband, Buddy Fogelson, taught Greer about the oil industry and named an oil field for her in Palo Pinto County, Texas.

Greer`s disillusionment with "Adventure" (1946), the film she hoped would open new opportunities for her at MGM turned to anger when she heard the publicity slogan that Howard Dietz was preparing: "Gable`s Back and Garson`s Got Him!" Dietz tried to appease her objections with an alternate: "Gable Puts the Arson in Garson." "They`re ungallant," she indignantly replied. "Why don`t you say, `Garson Puts the Able in Gable?`" Gable`s sour reaction to the fiasco was unprintable.

Louis B. Mayer once compared Greer to his favorite racehorse, Busher, calling her "a classy filly who runs the track according to orders, and comes home with blue ribbons!

After she shampooed her famous red hair, she rinsed it with a cup of California champagne, brushed it out one hundred strokes, and then tied it up in a net for the night.

At the height of her career, there were more than two hundred official Greer Garson fan clubs around the world.

She always carried her own thick red pencil in her bag. Her signature in guest books was as much of a standout as she was.

She wore a different perfume for every new picture.

Two of her nicknames during her pre-Hollywood stage career were "U.P.," the Universal Provider, always ready to help a fellow actor with her ready supply of safety pins, mints, and threads, and "Ca-reer Garson.

"Blossoms in the Dust" (1941) was MGM`s fifth movie in full color.

On July 23, 1942, Greer put her footprints and autograph in the cement forecourt of Grauman`s Chinese Theater. Underneath the cement square, a time capsule was placed containing a print of the motion picture, "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), a copy of the manuscript and of the book.

Her two pet poodles were called Gogo and Cliquot. Gogo got to stroll down a country lane with Greer in "The Valley of Decision" (1945).

She considered "Random Harvest" (1942) her best picture, not Mrs. Miniver (1942).

Greer liked to work with cameraman Joe Ruttenberg. He had noted that she always photographed better when she held her chin up and devised a set of signals that would tip her off when it began to dip.

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