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A Rose for Mrs. Miniver

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p. v

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Foreword

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pp. vii-viii

HALF A CENTURY AGO, in a world where the primary form of entertainment was the black-and-white motion picture and the movie star was of magical interest, the advent of Greer Garson was of major importance. Some actors achieve stellar position due to talent, a particular original persona, exploitation, and good fortune. Then there are ...

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Preface

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pp. ix-xiii

IN THE FALL OF 1994 when I first began the research for this, my first book, I thought of Greer Garson—as most cinema audiences and film scholars do—as a rose-colored creature of celluloid, the very incarnation of the English lady: graceful, witty, beautiful, and courageous. She was known to me then as Mrs. Miniver, Paula Ridgeway ...

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Prologue

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pp. 1-4

ON THE EVENING OF MARCH 4, 1943, as waiters in the Ambassador Hotel began serving dinner to the attendees of the fifteenth annual Academy Awards ceremony, Louis B. Mayer glanced at his watch. It read 8:15. Sitting with Ronald Colman and Walter Pidgeon and their wives, Benita and Ruth, the most powerful mogul in Hollywood ...

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Act One: London

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pp. 5-66

The imperious Garson is suddenly in charge:' Among the inquiries most frequently asked by interviewers, and seldom answered by Greer, were questions about her birth. Typically, she attempted a diversion with an offer of a second cup of tea or a Scotch scone from her silver tea service. She might mention her astrological sign. "I was ...

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Act Two: Hollywood

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pp. 67-222

IN THE BEGINNING OF THE 1954 FILM, Her Twelve Men, Greer Garson's voice is heard narrating a near autobiographical montage of colorful, dreamlike images. "When I was a child;' she intones, "and given to daydreaming, I had many visions of myself as a grownup.... Always I was glamorous, heroic and beloved. But dreams have a way ...

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Act Three: Dallas

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pp. 223-265

GREER ARRIVED AT THE TRAIN STATION in Lamy, New Mexico, at ten o'clock on the morning of July 15, 1949. Buddy was there with a welcoming committee of friends that included New Mexico Governor Thomas J. Mabry. Avoiding the publicity of a downtown church wedding, they took her to the Santa Fe home of Buddy's friend, ...

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Epilogue

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pp. 366-370

IN A 1991 INTERVIEW with Philip Wuntch of the Dallas Morning News, Greer had offered this reflection upon her life: "I've always lived by a few golden rules. Do as you would be done by. Be of good cheer. Strive to be happy. If you want to do it, you can do it. You just have to be open to life's surprises at every age. I know I've been blessed. ...

The Performances of Greer Garson

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pp. 371-404

Notes

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pp. 405-438

Bibliography

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pp. 439-442

Index

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pp. 443-463

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pp. 464-471

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pp. 472-487

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pp. 488-503