Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson CBE was an English-American actress and singer. She was a major star at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer who became popular during the Second World War for her portrayal of strong women on the homefront; listed by the Motion Picture Herald as one of America’s top-ten box office draws from 1942 to 1946.
Greer Garson was a British-American actress and singer who rose to fame during the Second World War. She was born in London in 1904 to a Scottish father and an Irish mother. She studied French and 18th-century literature at King’s College London and the University of Grenoble. She worked as a librarian and a researcher before pursuing a career in acting. She joined the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1931 and received praise from George Bernard Shaw. She made her film debut in 1939 and moved to Hollywood, where she signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. She became one of the most popular stars of the 1940s, earning seven Academy Award nominations and winning one for her role as Mrs. Miniver in 1942. She was known for her portrayals of strong, noble, and compassionate women. She retired from acting in 1986 and died in 1996.