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Greer Garson (1961)

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Born in Ireland, Greer Garson, known for her screen portrayals of beautiful yet extremely kind and humanistic characters, began her acting career on the London stage, where she was noticed ... See full summary »

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Born in Ireland, Greer Garson, known for her screen portrayals of beautiful yet extremely kind and humanistic characters, began her acting career on the London stage, where she was noticed by Louis B. Mayer who signed her to a Hollywood contract. Mayer insisted she not appear in any movie, but the right movie, hence the reason she sat idle for the first year of her contract until the movie Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) came along. A string of successful movies followed, including Blossoms in the Dust (1941), which would team her for the first time with who would become her frequent leading man, Walter Pidgeon. A subsequent collaboration with Pidgeon would become her defining screen role as the title character in Mrs. Miniver (1942), for which she would win an Oscar. She was adored by audiences and critics alike, often being voted the screen's most popular actress and being Oscar nominated a number of times following her Miniver win. She made a late career comeback portraying first lady ... Written by Huggo

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12 March 2013 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Hollywood Hist-o-Rama: Greer Garson (1961)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Lasting anywhere between three and four minutes, the Hollywood HIST-O-RAMA series shouldn't be looked at as some sort of documentary that's going to tell you everything about the subject. After all, with such a short running time it would be impossible to go into great details about anything but I'm sure people back when this was made would have at least enjoyed them.

The Ireland born Greer Garson is the star of this short as we learn about her early days on the stage, being discovered by Louis B. Mayer and how he kept her sitting on the sideline for a year until he thought a screenplay would do her justice. From here we learn about several of her film roles including the one she's most remembered for, which also got her an Oscar. If you're coming to this series expecting a history lesson then you're going to be disappointed. If you're just wanting some cheap, nostalgic fun then you will enjoy this. I thought this was a rather fascinating way to give people (of 1961) a quick look back at the stars. We at least get some pretty good photos throughout as well as some behind the scenes shots.


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