Greer Garson, 92, popular film actress

April 07, 1996|By N.Y. TIMES NEWS SERVICE

Greer Garson, the actress who epitomized a noble, wise and courageous wife in some of the most sentimental American movies of the 1940s, died yesterday at Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas. She was 92.

Miss Garson had a history of heart problems.

She became an instant success as a captivating young wife in the sentimental 1939 film "Goodbye, Mr. Chips." She was nominated for an Academy Award and quickly became one of the 10 most popular Hollywood stars.

She received five more Oscar nominations in five years for her roles in "Blossoms in the Dust" (1941), "Mrs. Miniver" (1942), "Madame Curie" (1943), "Mrs. Parkington" (1944) and "The Valley of Decision" (1945). She won the best-actress Oscar for "Mrs. Miniver." With her titian hair, blue-green eyes and alabaster complexion, the Scotch-Irish actress was consistently typecast in wholesome roles by Louis B. Mayer.

Miss Garson's first two marriages ended in divorce. In 1949, she married E. E. "Buddy" Fogelson, an oil developer and industrialist, who died in 1987.

Pub Date: 4/07/96

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