Walter’s complete indifference to worry bothered me a little when we first began working together. I remember how just before one very emotionally tense scene, Walter strolled me nonchalantly away from the set and related a hilarious tale about a bear in a barber shop. I couldn’t help laughing and the tension was broken. Although to be even momentarily distracted from important “drahmah” seemed to me then supreme lese majesty. Having then only recently arrived in America, those were my days of more dignified mien. A relationship Walter promptly exploded between the two of us by addressing me as “The Duchess,” as he still does, alternating occasionally with, “Hey, Red!”
Hollywood Park president Mervyn LeRoy (left) with Mrs. Buddy Fogelson, Mrs. LeRoy and Buddy Fogelson as they arrived for Directors’ Room opening day festivities - May 14, 1964.
Happy 110th Birthday Greer Garson | 29 september, 1904 - 6 april, 1996
Why did I become an actress? I think because I am fascinated by the variety and scope of human experience. I am not content to live just one existence. I have always had a strong imagination and in my roles I feel that I live other lives. And the hazards and disappointments of an acting career and the solemn dissuasions of all my friends and advisers were a challenge. It has not been easy, but I believe that the best kind of success is not won easily and that a few hard knocks on the way are good for the soul. When I look back on some of my bitterest disappointments I realize that, in the long run, they were really strokes of good fortune. Things eventually turned out far better than if I had achieved what seemed so desperately important at the moment. So I believe that as one door closes, another will open.
No need to worry about “Auntie Mame.” However Greer Garson’s characterization may differ from or be similar to Rosalind Russell’s original, “Auntie Mame” remains “Auntie Mame,” The frenzied change of costumes and wigs demanded of the actress endeavoring to get through the evening as Auntie Mame never intrudes upon Miss Garson’s tranquility or spirited romping, whichever the scene may at the moment demand. From strawberry blonde and lounging pajamas of the opening cocktail party, to silver gray and sari of the close, Miss Garson is in personal command of herself, her performance and the play. Knowing that a tour de force is demanded, she presents one, her own, and it’s good. In fact, it’s extremely pleasant to see Miss Garson in something other than her screen personality. At the Broadhurst, she is an actress of verve, style, chorus girl bite, a comedienne of perfect timing and extraordinary energy. No “Mrs. Miniver” this, and vive la difference. - Variety February 26, 1958
Greer Garson, M-G-M star, shown as she left yesterday for Ottawa, Canada, from Los Angeles. Miss Garson will help raise a $600,000,000 victory loan for the Canadian government. Miss Garson expects to be gone for several weeks. Her last picture, ‘Mrs. Miniver,’ was rushed so that Miss Garson could make the jaunt - February 21, 1942.
Walter Pidgeon and Greer Garson in “Mrs. Parkington”, 1944
“There have been two roses named for me, one, the Mrs. Miniver, and the other, Greer Garson. Now as you’d expect, the Mrs. Miniver behaves properly and blooms beautifully, in true size and color, season after season. The Greer Garson, bloomed all over the place with terrific splendor. Next season, it sprawled around, put out a few off blooms, and relaxed. I sometimes wonder if the rose growers really made a true estimate of the both of us.”
"If they meant, by ‘lady,’ the sort of feminine creature who refrains from smacking people on their kissers, I wouldn’t have an objection in the world. But the Greer Garson Lady is something just too-too, with a halo of nobility. She’s all wrapped up in cellophane. Her petticoats rustle when she moves and her little finger curves off from her teacup. A stuffy piece of bric-a-brac—out of this world. I’d like to take her by the scruff of her neck and drop her neatly into the Pacific Ocean!” - Greer Garson, 1942
Charming Greer Garson - The Irish actress with the red hair and green eyes is one of Hollywood’s loveliest newcomers. Firmly established in the hearts of movie goers as a result of her gentle performance of “Mrs. Chips” in “Goodbye, Mr. Chips,” Miss Garson is soon to be seen in her first American picture, “Remember,” Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer picture starring her opposite Robert Taylor, with Lew Ayres in a leading supporting role. In the film, she plays a modern girl, which she is, as this snapshot proves.
Sporting a very “English” mustache, Richard Ney, seen with his screen star-wife, Greer Garson, pauses at the edge of the Mocambo dance floor to chat with a news-photographer. The lip adornment which Ney raised for a role in a recent picture apparently pleased his wife. Greer agreed that it was becoming to her handsome husband.