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A Rose for Mrs. Miniver: The Life of Greer Garson [Kindle Edition]

Michael Troyan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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"The rich, well-written and heavily researched book is a touching memoir revealing much about the actress who was 'Queen of MGM' and a top box office draw for most of the 1940s." -- "The Albuquerque Tribune"

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" In this first-ever biography of Greer Garson, Michael Troyan sweeps away the many myths that even today veil her life. The true origins of her birth, her fairy-tale discovery in Hollywood, and her career struggles at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer are revealed for the first time. Garson combined an everywoman quality with grace, charm, and refinement. She won the Academy Award in 1941 for her role in Mrs. Miniver, and for the next decade she reigned as the queen of MGM. Co-star Christopher Plummer remembered, ""Here was a siren who had depth, strength, dignity, and humor who could inspire great trust, suggest deep intellect and whose misty languorous eyes melted your heart away!"" Garson earned a total of seven Academy Award nominations for Best Actress, and fourteen of her films premiered at Radio City Music Hall, playing for a total of eighty-four weeks--a record never equaled by any other actress. She was a central figure in the golden age of the studios, working with legendary performers Clark Gable, Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, Errol Flynn, Joan Crawford, Robert Mitchum, Debbie Reynolds, and Walter Pidgeon. Garson's experiences offer a fascinating glimpse at the studio system in the years when stars were closely linked to a particular studio and moguls such as L.B. Mayer broke or made careers. With the benefit of exclusive access to studio production files, personal letters and diaries, and the cooperation of her family, Troyan explores the triumphs and tragedies of her personal life, a story more colorful than any role she played on screen.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6976 KB
  • Print Length: 520 pages
  • Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky (5 Nov. 1998)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KTNCX0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #527,699 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 20 Jan. 2015
By Miriam
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a one of those book that when you start reading it you can't put down!
Even though it is not in Garson's own words, which normally bothers me, does not matter here, it is written so well and if one is a fan og hers, then do not hesitate -this also replies if you are just curious about this wonderful lady.

And i have nothing to say about the seller -everything worked so well, and i do not regret a single thing ❤
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4.0 out of 5 stars What a lovely lady! 28 April 2013
By Ambrose
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I have always loved Greer Garson and greatly enjoyed this insightful and entertaining biography. I think anyone who enjoys biographies would enjoy this book.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A unique book about a unique star. 20 July 2000
By A Customer
This book is a delight from cover to cover. The story of this entrancing woman unfolds beautifully as it delicately traces her life, loves, family, heartaches, films and feelings. No area is indelicately dwelled upon but the reader, by the end of the books, is left wishing they could meet this delightful creature. Without doubt THE best autobiography Ive read in a very long time. Greer Garson was undoubtedly as intelligent and witty as she was beautiful and charming. We'll never see the like again. A pleasure to read and re-read. I cant wait for the authors next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 7 Mar. 2014
By Deborah
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
It was a wonderful, easy read and I enjoyed every page of it. It was a delight to read about my favourite actress.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book for a lovely lady 2 Sept. 1999
By A Customer
This is an utterly enjoyable book, both for the fans of Greer Garson and for fans of classic Hollywood in general. Michael Troyan weaves her story together with all the simplicity, grace, and humor that his subject deserves. The best feature, to me, is the wealth of personal commment included that Miss Garson had on her own life, as the reader sees her wit, personality, and loveliness of being begin to take form. It is the best star biography that I have read.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lady great book 8 May 2003
By A Customer
This is a lovely book highlighting a brillant actress. Greer garson was as lovely and witty as the characters she played. A lady with a great sence of humour and for a change a actress who had a happy life. This book highlights her great friendships and excellemt films. Was a huge fan before i read it, even more of a fan now.
Excellent insite into one of the true greats.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I thoroughly enjoyed Michael Troyan's biography of Greer Garson. Like many who came along late in her career, I knew little about the star who was apparently a legend in her day. Troyan provides a vivid picture of the actress and the woman. Troyan's thoroughness in researching his subject is obvious from the many anecdotes provided by those who knew and worked with Garson, as well as the behind-the-scenes information on many of her films. When I met Troyan at one of his promotional appearances, he indicated that the rich detail comes, in part, from Garson's own unpublished and unfinished autobiography. Troyan's enthusiasm for his subject is obvious. The book is well-written and a relatively easy read. To provide a fair assessment, I should mention the book would benefit from a timeline, since it is at times difficult to keep track of what happened when. Also, Troyan commits the quite forgivable mistake of the first-time author. He provides perhaps too much detail in places. Don't let that keep you from reading a very informative and enjoyable book.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to a wonderful woman. 25 Mar. 1999
By A Customer
This is a brilliant book from beginning to end.It not only tells the story of Greer Garson the actress but also the life story of the person who was Greer Garson,a truly couragous and wonderful woman.This book gives real insight into life in Hollywood in the 40s and 50s and the STAR system that existed at that time.It is a real treat for movie buffs of this era.
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