Greer Garson (1904–1996) was of Scottish and Irish descent, perhaps obvious by her striking red hair, and she got her start on the London stage. She was signed to MGM studios in 1939 and made films in Hollywood there until 1954, and she became known for serious costume dramas. Garson eventually became a naturalized American citizen, marrying an American billionaire, and settling in Texas. She acted occasionally in TV until her death, but her finest work onscreen was in her first couple decades. As Greer Garson said of that time: “People are always asking me what it was like during the golden years of Hollywood. That was in the 1920s and ’30s — which wasn’t my period. My period, the ’40s and ’50s, is what I call the romantic years of Hollywood.” Let’s visit those romantic years!
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Edna Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Marie Curie in Madame Curie (1943)
Susie Parkington in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
Mary Rafferty in The Valley of Decision (1945)
Irene Forsyte in That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Calpurnia in Julius Caesar (1953)
Dr. Julia Winslow Garth in Strange Lady in Town (1955)
Eleanor Roosevelt in Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Frances B. Finch in The Virginian, “Lady at the Bar” (1970)
Queen Mary in Crown Matrimonial (1974)
Aunt Kathryn March in Little Women (1978)
What’s your favorite historical costume movie or TV role of Greer Garson’s?