When I was writing about Stanley Kramer just the other day, I guess I did not realize that his birthday was coming up soon.

Today is in fact Kramer’s birthday and also Greer Garson and Gene Autry’s birthdays.

Gene Autry

Gene Autry

Autry is probably best remembered for as being the “singing cowboy”. His movie credits include Riders in the Sky, The Big Sombrero, and Ridin’ on a Rainbow. Autry won an Oscar in 1942 for Best Music, Original Song for the song “Be Honest With Me” from the movie Ridin’ on a Rainbow“.

As any true cowboy, Autry was born in Tioga, Texas in 1907. By 1929 he had earned the nickname “the Yodeling Cowboy” and was starring in his first film in 1934. He quickly rose to fame in the musical western. In a poll taken in 1940, Autry ranked 4th in box office draw after Mickey Rooney, Clark Gable and Spencer Tracy.

Later in life he moved to the small screen. He made the transition effectively, producing and starring in 91 episodes of The Gene Autry Show.

Autry is the only movie star to have 5 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame: Radio, Recording, Motion Pictures, Television, and Live Theatre/ performance.

Autry died in his home in 1998 of lymphoma.

Greer Garson

Greer Garson

Greer Garson was one of the most popular artists for MGM in the 1940’s. Born in London in 1904, Garson was a sickly child and spent much of her childhood in bed studying and reading.

Garson attended the University of London in 1921 and earned a Bachelors degree. While at the university, she discovered her love and talent for acting. She was introduced to MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer while performing on the London stage in 1937.

Although starting her film career later in life than most actresses did, Garson fared well in the early years at MGM. She was nominated for Oscars every year from 1939-1945, excluding only 1940.

Directed by William Wyler 1942, Mrs. Miniver, the story of a British family living life in the first months after the start of WWII, earned Garson her first Oscar win for her role as Mrs. Miniver.

Garson remained with MGM for the majority of her career. At the end of her career, she starred in a few TV movies, but a stroke and weak heart forced her to slow down her work.

Her husband, Buddy Fogelson, passed away from Parkinson’s disease in 1987 in Dallas, Texas. Garson moved in a suite in the Dallas Presbyterian Hospital shortly after where her health could be monitored.

Garson passed away on April 6, 1996 from a fragile heart.

Both of these amazing film stars made an impact on film and television. Both will be remembered for their many accomplishments.