A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson

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University Press of Kentucky, May 1, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 520 pages
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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.


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A ROSE FOR MRS. MINIVER: The Life of Greer Garson

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A sweet, contained view of Louis B. Mayer's favorite actress and Hollywood's icon of WWII fortitude. Garson had no children ("no life has everything," she commented, characteristically). Thus she ... Read full review

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Great read, love Mrs Miniver the movie. Lots of information about the woman and the movie. Easy read. Read full review


Foreword by Roddy McDowall
The Performances of Greer Garson

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About the author (2010)

Michael Troyan contributed to Disney A to Z: The Official Encyclopedia and wrote the script for a documentary about Garson that premiered at the 1997 Taos Film Festival. He lives in California.

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