By Michael Troyan
" during this first-ever biography of Greer Garson, Michael Troyan sweeps away the various myths that even at the present time veil her existence. the genuine origins of her beginning, her fairy-tale discovery in Hollywood, and her profession struggles at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are printed for the 1st time. Garson mixed an everywoman caliber with grace, allure, and refinement. She gained the Academy Award in 1941 for her position in Mrs. Miniver, and for the subsequent decade she reigned because the queen of MGM. Co-star Christopher Plummer remembered, ""Here was once a siren who had intensity, energy, dignity, and humor who may well motivate nice belief, recommend deep mind and whose misty languorous eyes melted your middle away!"" Garson earned a complete of 7 Academy Award nominations for top Actress, and fourteen of her motion pictures premiered at Radio urban track corridor, enjoying for a complete of eighty-four weeks--a list by no means equaled by way of the other actress. She was once a imperative determine within the golden age of the studios, operating with mythical performers Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Debbie Reynolds, and Walter Pidgeon. Garson's reports provide a desirable glimpse on the studio approach within the years whilst stars have been heavily associated with a specific studio and moguls resembling L.B. Mayer broke or made careers. With the advantage of unique entry to studio creation documents, own letters and diaries, and the cooperation of her relations, Troyan explores the triumphs and tragedies of her own existence, a narrative extra colourful than any position she performed on screen.
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Extra resources for A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson
She was always brilliantly clever;' Sophia recalled, "head of the class and very athletic, winning the high jump at that school. She also enjoyed hockey, tennis, and fencing. Everything she did, she did well-she sang beautifully, played the piano, could draw and paint:' Eileen's school recitations and amateur theatrics won special praise. The first play in which she starred was The Merchant of Venice. Years later, she would recall, "I wish you could have seen my Shylock! What a beard and what a deep voice.
It is not easy, but even the hardships are fun, living in drab 'digs; hardly large enough to turn around in, cooking over a single gas burner, washing stockings in a community basin, and stretching four pounds a week to the limit:' What Greer did not tell her mother was that she became seri- J() A Rose for Mrs. Miniver ously ill. Her dual role as the patient in the first act and a native girl in the second act was the most physically demanding one that she had ever played. Between acts there was always a hurried commotion backstage as her maid used wet sponges to remove her makeup and then blackened her face and body and applied a wig and numerous bracelets, anklets, and jewels.
He delighted in her surprised reactions when he put cracker crumbs down her back in one scene and splashed toast into her coffee in another. " Of Vintage Wine, the Daily Telegraph declared, "Greer Garson is a most important newcomer. In the part previously played by Claire Luce she gave a splendid performance:' The Daily Mail commented, "The revival which Mr. Seymour Hicks presented at the Victoria Palace on Saturday night offered us once more the double pleasure of deft comedy and in authorship and acting....
A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson by Michael Troyan