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Old magazine articles about Greer
The public loved to read about Greer
I have scanned these articles from old clippings that are in my possession. You can enlarge them and read them quite easily. If you have trouble doing so, then just right click on the image of the article, save it to disk, and then use MS/Paint or something to scroll through it at its full size.
In general, I don't know the magazine names or dates associated with these articles, but the topical references often make clear the approximate dates.
I have no idea whether or not there is still a copyright on these articles, and I'll have to remove them if I receive any complaints that are sufficiently intimidating. My guess is that these old magazines are now defunct and that the authors' descendants would be happy to see their grandparents' work brought back to life.
Before Dec 27, 2007, these images were too small to be of use. However, after Dec 27, they are very large indeed and you will have no trouble reading them at all.
The Duchess
This is an excellent article from MOTION PICTURE magazine in 1945, giving some good background on her life and even including two nice Walter Pidgeon anecdotes.
James Hilton on Greer Garson
This is a lightweight and very personal article about Greer by James Hilton, the author of "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" and "Random Harvest." No great revelations here.
In Hollywood with Louella Parsons
This newspaper article is from a time when Greer had been just recently married to Buddy Fogelson and is planning to make the sequel to "Mrs. Miniver." This places it in 1949 or early 1950. It also features a stunning drawing of her (Greer, not Louella).
Greer is in love with Buddy and with her new life as a cowgirl, and Louella wonders how soon the novelty will wear off.
There is even some mention of her recent marriage to Richard Ney and how Greer had known for quite some time that that marriage wasn't working.
X-ray of Greer Garson
The hand-written note on this clipping says "Screen Stars", October 1946. This is a Q&A with Greer accompanied by some pics. We learn lots of little personal details of Greer's life here.
She's still married to Mr. Ney. You can see how delighted he looks when his mother-in-law Nina comes to visit.
Greer says in this article that she wakes up every morning at 5:30. That's exactly when I wake up in the morning!! What are the odds of that?!
Redheads Have What It Takes
From 1944. More info on Greer, a bit on Lucille Ball, and a brief reference to Greer's (first) divorce and to her "lovely lustiness".
Glamor Under Cover
This article was clearly written soon after "Goodbye, Mr. Chips" was released, as it talks about her as a brand new star and mentions her next film, which was to be "Susan and God" (until she was moved into "Pride and Prejudice"). It also gives a good account of her early career on stage and her lost year in Hollywood (i.e., 1938). The author goes to great lengths to describe her "figure", and the article is accompanied by a lovely photograph.
Gold Medal Lady
This article, from the May 1945 issue of "Photoplay" magazine, was written by Elsa Maxwell, a friend of Greer's. It comemorates the selection of Greer in a Gallup poll as the most popular actress of 1944.
This is a very personal article, and Greer herself is quoted at length.
And Greer calls Richard Ney her "long-legged husband".
Greer Garson Turns a Corner
This article, from "Motion Picture" magazine, is all about the potential turnaround in Greer's career after the underappreciated "Adventure" and her persnal misfortunes during the shooting of "Desire Me" (being swept out to sea, her back problems, and her divorce from Richard Ney). It announces the upcoming sequel to "Mrs. Miniver" (which would be called "The Miniver Story"), and talks about her supposed feud with Clark Gable and about her new picture "Speak to Me of Love", in which she is to dance and wear silver tights. (I presume this is "Julia Misbehaves".) Greer talks extensively here about her working hours and their effect on marriages and unemployed actors.