Oscar Roles: Garson, Greer–Mrs. Miniver

There’s a good deal of irony in Greer Garson’s winning the Best Actress Oscar, for William Wyler’s Mrs. Miniver in 1942?

Garson accepted the role reluctantly, having been badgered into it by MGM head Louis B. Mayer, who was her greatest fan on the lot.  Garson objected to playing the mother of a grown up son (in fact she later married heron  screen son, Richard Ney).

For that matter, Norma Shearer, in her last career phase at MGM,  had also turned down the role for the same reason, when Mayer had initially offered it to her.