Order of the British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is an order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by George V of the United Kingdom. The Order comprises five classes in civil and military divisions...
(29 September 1904 – 6 April 1996) was a British
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-born actress who was very popular during World War II
World War II
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, being listed by the Motion Picture Herald
Motion Picture Herald
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as one of America's top ten box office draws in 1942, 1943, 1944, 1945, and 1946. As one of MGM's major stars of the 1940s, Garson received seven Academy Award nominations, winning the Best Actress
Academy Award for Best Actress
Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role is one of the Academy Awards of merit presented annually by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize an actress who has delivered an outstanding performance while working within the film industry...
award for Mrs. Miniver
Mrs. Miniver (film)
Mrs. Miniver is a 1942 American drama film directed by William Wyler, and starring Greer Garson, Walter Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright. Based on the fictional English housewife created by Jan Struther in 1937 for a series of newspaper columns, the film won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture,...
Greer Garson was born Eileen Evelyn Greer Garson in Manor Park, Essex
Manor Park, London
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(now Greater London
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in 1904, the only child of George Garson (1865–1906), a clerk born in London
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, but with Scottish
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lineage, and his wife, Nina (née Nancy Sophia Greer; died 1958).