Fast Facts

  • Made her stage debut in 1932 in a production of Street Scene at the Birmingham Repertory Theatre.
  • Small-screen debut was in the BBC's Play Parade in 1937.
  • Received a career boost from her Oscar-nominated turn as Katherine in 1939's Goodbye, Mr. Chips, her first film role.
  • Appeared alongside fellow actor Walter Pidgeon in eight motion pictures, the first being 1941's Blossoms in the Dust.
  • Holds the record for longest Oscar acceptance speech for her 1943 Best Actress award for Mrs. Miniver.

Awards

  • 1944, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1961, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 1939, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1941, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1960, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1942, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1943, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1945, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: Nominee

Relationships

  • George Garson — Father
  • Richard Ney — Ex-husband
  • Gayle D. Fogelson — Stepson
  • Nina Sophia Greer Garson — Mother
  • Edward Alec Abbot Snelson — Ex-husband
  • Elijah E. Fogelson — Husband (deceased)

College

  • University of London, London, England (BA, 1926)

Details

  • Birth Name: Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson
  • Birth Place: Manor Park, Essex, England
  • Birthday: September 29, 1904, Libra
  • Died: April 6, 1996
  • Profession: Actor
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