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And the Oscar for the longest speech goes to ... Greer Garson

All the headlines about the farce at the Oscars reminds me that a legendary actress with Co Down connections, Greer Garson, is credited with making the longest ever acceptance speech after receiving the award for Best Actress for her role as Mrs Miniver at the 1942 Academy Awards.

Greer, whose grandfather David Greer was a police sergeant in Castlewellan, spoke for five minutes 30 seconds as the audience got more and more restless. Nowadays, largely because of Greer being too loquacious, the winners at the Oscars are limited to 45 seconds before the orchestra takes over.

Officially Greer was born in London, but there were Co Down folk who claimed she first saw the light in Castlewellan when her mother Nancy was home on holiday.

She received several Oscar nominations but Mrs Miniver was her only Oscar win.

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