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Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr is a Hollywood film actress. She was born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Helensburgh, Scotland, in 1921, and originally trained as a ballet dancer, first appearing on stage at Sadler's Wells in 1938. Having switched career, she found immediate success as an actress, following up her debut in the British film, Contraband, in 1940. It was her role as a troubled nun in Michael Powell's Black Narcissus in 1947 which brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers. Her English accent and manner led to a succession of roles, of which the only real departure was from stereotype was in From Here to Eternity (1953). However, her most famous role was as the governess, Anna Leonowens, in the film version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, The King and I. An un-successful six-time nominee for an Academy Award, she finally voted a special Oscar honoring her screen work.

Deborah Kerr's Academy Award-nominated performances (all for Best Actress): Edward, my son, From here to eternity, The king and I, Heaven knows, Mr. Allison, Separate tables and The sundowners.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.

Deborah Kerr Facts

Birth NameDeborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer
BirthdaySeptember 30, 1921
BirthplaceHelensburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Date of deathOctober 16, 2007 (age 86)
Height5' 7" (1m70)  How tall is Deborah Kerr compared to you?
Awards1994 Academy Awards: Honorary Award
1957 Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical (for The King and I)

Selected Filmography

The King and I
An Affair to Remember
Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
Julius Caesar
The Rodgers & Hammerstein Collection
Quo Vadis
From Here to Eternity
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