Saturday, September 27, 2014

Stars & Their Hobbies ~ Greer Garson


Greer Garson, racehorses

“All of a sudden I found myself in a race to get the sports pages in the morning.” – Greer Garson

In 1948 Greer Garson met Buddy Fogelson, a man of many trades including horse and cattle breeding. They married in 1949 and were together until Fogelson’s death in 1987. They operated Forked Lightning Ranch where they bred thoroughbred racehorses. They purchased Ack Ack, a champion thoroughbred, for $500k. Ack Ack was in many races including Withers Stakes, Hollywood Gold Cup and Arlington Classic, won several awards and was recognized as an American Thoroughbred Hall of Fame racehorse.

“Ack Ack was a national treasure” – Greer Garson

It’s very clear that Garson’s love of racehorses was influenced by her husband Fogelson. She said,

“living with Buddy has broadened my life… I’ve shared the excitement of sitting up with him all night waiting for a gusher to come in answering fan mail for a horse.” (Source )


Garson enjoyed betting on races. She'd pick the horse with the longest tail and bet on it. This never proved to be an effective tactic.

Buddy Fogelson and Greer Garson receiving the 1971 Eclipse Award
for Outstanding Older Horse (Ack Ack) from Mervyn LeRoy
My series Stars & Their Hobbies explores how notable actors and actresses from Hollywood history spent their free time. Click here to view a complete list of entries.

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