GG Obit AP version Clute, TX 4/7/96
Actress Greer Garson dies after lengthy illness DALLAS (AP) - Greer Garson, the gallant leading lady whose portrayal of a courageous British housewife in Mrs. Miniver rallied Americans to support Britain, during World War n, died Saturday of heart failure. Miss Garson died at about 1:30 a.m. at Dallas Presbyterian Hospital, said John L. Roach, a friend and attorney for the family. "Until the last few days, when she became critical, she was very lucid and very bright," said Roach. "It was very peaceful." Although some reference books list her age as 87, Roach and a hospital spokeswoman said she was 92. They said she was born Sept. 29, 1903. The Irish-born, red-haired actress won an Academy Award for her role as Mrs. Miniver in the 1942 drama about a family's survival during Germany's blitz bombings of England. She also was nominated for six other Oscars, in films such as Goodbye Mr. Chips, Madame Curie and Sunrise at Campobello, her 1960 comeback in which she played Eleanor Roosevelt. More recently, she donated millions to colleges and other institutions. She gave $10 million to build the Greer Garson Theater and film archive at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where she lived with her late husband, the oilman E.E. "Buddy" Fogelson. Burial is pending at Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park in Dallas, Roach said. A memorial service will follow at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. AP photo LEADING LADY: Greer Garson, shown here in character for the film Mrs. Parkington, died early Saturday in Dallas.