A Rose for Mrs. Miniver

A Rose for Mrs. Miniver

The Life of Greer Garson

Book - 1999
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In this first-ever biography of Greer Garson, Michael Troyan sweeps away the many myths that even today veil her life. The true origins of her birth, her fairy-tale discovery in Hollywood, and her career struggles at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are revealed for the first time. Garson combined an everywoman quality with grace, charm, and refinement. She won the Academy Award in 1941 for her role in Mrs. Miniver, and for the next decade she reigned as the queen of MGM. Co-star Christopher Plummer remembered, "Here was a siren who had depth, strength, dignity, and humor who could inspire great trust, suggest deep intellect and whose misty languorous eyes melted your heart away!" Garson earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, and fourteen of her films premiered at Radio City Music Hall, playing for a total of eighty-four weeks--a record never equaled by any other actress. She was a central figure in the golden age of the studios, working with legendary performers Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Debbie Reynolds, and Walter Pidgeon. Garson's experiences offer a fascinating glimpse at the studio system in the years when stars were closely linked to a particular studio and moguls such as L.B. Mayer broke or made careers. With the benefit of exclusive access to studio production files, personal letters and diaries, and the cooperation of her family, Troyan explores the triumphs and tragedies of her personal life, a story more colorful than any role she played on screen.



Publisher: Lexington, KY : The University Press of Kentucky, c1999
ISBN: 9780813120942
0813120942
Branch Call Number: B GAR
Characteristics: xiii, 463 p. : ill. ; 24 cm

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Katiesun
Jun 07, 2011

This was a great book about a great lady. Unlike many movie stars Miss Garson's life had a happy ending so it was a fun read. I will warn you though it is about 1 3/4" thick so you had better be a dedicated Greer fan because it's a big one. I really enjoyed not only discovering the stories behind so many of her great films, but also getting to hear about the true character of the queen of MGM's golden years. My only beef was that the book didn't fully explain, although it mentioned, her spiritual side because she did claim to be a Christan but the author didn't say much about that part of her life.

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