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Suffolk, England, UK
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From Here to Eternity
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A cultured actress renowned for her elegance and dignity, Deborah Kerr was one of the leading ladies of Hollywood`s Golden Age. Born Deborah Kerr-Trimmer in Helensburgh, Scotland, on September 30, 1921, she was first trained as a dancer at her aunt`s drama school in Bristol, England. After winning a scholarship to the Sadlers Wells Ballet School, Kerr made her London stage debut at age 17 in Prometheus. Meanwhile, she developed an interest in acting and began getting bit parts and walk-ons in Shakespeare productions. While continuing to appear in various London stage plays, Kerr debuted onscreen in 1940 and went on to roles in a number of British films over the next seven years, often playing cool, reserved, well-bred young ladies.
Her portrayal of a nun in Black Narcissus (1947) earned a New York Film Critics Best Actress award and led to an invitation from Hollywood to co-star opposite Clark Gable in The Hucksters. She remained in Hollywood, playing long-suffering, prim, proper, ladylike types until 1953, when she broke her typecast mold by portraying a passionate adulteress in From Here to Eternity, a part for which she had fought. Kerr`s range of roles broadened further after that, and she began to appear in British films again. In 1953, Kerr debuted on Broadway to great acclaim in Tea and Sympathy, later reprising her role in the play`s 1956 screen version. That same year, she starred as an English governess sent to tutor the children of the King of Siam in one of the most popular films of her career, The King and I.
Kerr retired from the screen in 1969, having received six Best Actress Oscar nominations without an award, although she did receive an honorary Oscar in 1994. She had been honored with a special BAFTA award three years earlier in Britain, and, in 1998, she was further honored in her native land with a Companion of the Order of the British Empire. Kerr, who graced the screen one last time in the The Assam Garden (1985), died of complications related to Parkinson`s Disease in October 2007. She was 86.
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Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol, England
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Deborah Jane Trimmer
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David Niven, Jean Simmons, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Peter Ustinov, Fred Zinnemann, Frank Sinatra, Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift
Deborah Kerr CBE (; born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer; 30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007) was a Scottish film, theatre and television actress. During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion picture The King and I (1956) and the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as "Laura Reynolds" in the play Tea and Sympathy (a role she originated on Broadway). She was also a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.
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passed away on 16th Oct 2007 aged 86. |||
Deborah Kerr passed away on 16th Oct 2007 aged 86.
Deborah Kerr was previously married to Peter Viertel (1960 - 2007) and Anthony Bartley (1945 - 1959).
She was also in relationships with Stewart Granger (1950), Michael Powell and David Niven.
Deborah Kerr is rumoured to have hooked up with Burt Lancaster (1953).
Deborah Kerr had 2 children, Francesca Ann and Melanie Jane (68).
Deborah Kerr is a 86 year old Scottish Actress. Born Deborah Jane Trimmer on 30th September, 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland and educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol, England, she is famous for From Here to Eternity in a career that spans 1940–1986. Her zodiac sign is Libra.
Deborah Kerr was in 10 on-screen matchups, notably with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953), Clark Gable in The Hucksters (1947), Cary Grant in Dream Wife (1953), David Niven in Bonjour tristesse (1958) and Stewart Granger in King Solomon's Mines (1950).
Deborah Kerr is a member of the following lists:
Donaldson Award winners,
20th-century Scottish actresses and
20th-century British actresses.
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