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Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr

  • Born on
    • September 30th, 1921
  • Died on
    • October 16th, 2007
Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921, she was the daughter of a soldier who had been gassed in World War I. A shy, insecure child, she found an outlet for expressing her feelings in acting. Her aunt, a radio star, got her some stage work when she was a teenager, and she came to the attention of British film producer Gabriel Pascal, who cast her in his film of George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" (Major Barbara (1941)) and Love on the Dole (1941). She quickly became a star of the British cinema, playing such diverse roles as the three women in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and the nun in Black Narcissus (1947). In 1947 she "crossed the pond" and came to MGM, where she found success in films like The Hucksters (1947), Edward, My Son (1949) and Quo Vadis (1951). After a while, however, she tired of playing prim-and-proper English ladies, so she made the most of the role of the adulteress who romps on the beach with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953). The film was a success, and Kerr received her second Oscar nomination. She also achieved success on the Broadway stage in "Tea and Sympathy," reprising her role in the 1956 film version (Tea and Sympathy (1956)). That same year she played one of her best-remembered screen roles, "Mrs. Anna" in The King and I (1956). More success followed in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), An Affair to Remember (1957), Separate Tables (1958), The Sundowners (1960), The Innocents (1961) and The Night of the Iguana (1964). Then in 1968 she suddenly quit movies, appalled by the explicit sex and violence of the day. After some stage and TV work in the 1970s and 1980s and swan song performances in The Assam Garden (1985) and Hold the Dream (1986), she retired from acting altogether. Kerr holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations for Best Actress without a win (six), but that was made up for in 1994, when she was given an Honorary Oscar for her screen achievements. Date of Death 16 October 2007, Botesdale, Suffolk, England  (complications from Parkinson's disease)

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Filmography

Acting (40 Credits)

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2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2010Cameraman: The Life and Work of Jack Cardiff as Sister Clodagh (archive footage) (uncredited)
1984A Woman of Substance as Emma Harte
1982Witness for the Prosecution as Nurse Plimsoll
1969The Gypsy Moths as Elizabeth Brandon
1969The Arrangement as Florence Anderson
1967Casino Royale as Agent Mimi / Lady Fiona McTarry
1966Eye of the Devil as Catherine de Montfaucon
1965Marriage on the Rocks as Valerie Edwards
1964The Chalk Garden as Miss Madrigal
1964The Night of the Iguana as Hannah Jelkes
1961The Innocents as Miss Giddens
1961The Naked Edge as Martha Radcliffe
1960The Sundowners as Ida CarmodyWatch Free
1960The Grass Is Greener as Hilary Rhyall
1959The Journey as Diana Ashmore
1959Beloved Infidel as Sheilah Graham
1958Separate Tables as Sibyl Railton-Bell
1958Bonjour Tristesse as Anne Larson
1957Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison as Sister Angela
1957An Affair to Remember as Terry McKay
1956Tea and Sympathy as Laura Reynolds
1956The King and I as Anna Leonowens
1955The End of the Affair as Sarah Miles
1953Dream Wife as Effie
1953From Here to Eternity as Karen Holmes
1953Young Bess as Catherine Parr
1953Julius Caesar as Portia
1952The Prisoner of Zenda as Princess Flavia
1951Quo Vadis as Lygia
1950King Solomon's Mines as Elizabeth Curtis
1950Please Believe Me as Alison Kirbe
1949Edward, My Son as Evelyn Boult
1947Black Narcissus as Sister Clodagh
1947The Hucksters as Kay Dorrance
1947If Winter Comes as Nona Tybar
1946I See a Dark Stranger as Bridie Quilty
1945Vacation from Marriage as Catherine Wilson
1943The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp as Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Angela "Johnny" Cannon
1941Major Barbara as Jenny Hill

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