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Deborah Kerr (I) (1921–2007)


Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory Company 1939-40. Her first appearance on the West ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 6 Oscars. Another 14 wins & 20 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

The King and I
The King and I Anna Leonowens
(1956)
An Affair to Remember
An Affair to Remember Terry McKay
(1957)
From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity Karen Holmes
(1953)
Black Narcissus
Black Narcissus Sister Clodagh
(1947)

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 1986 Hold the Dream (TV Movie)
Emma Harte
 1986 Ann and Debbie (TV Movie)
Ann
 1985 The Assam Garden
Helen
 1985 Reunion at Fairborough (TV Movie)
Sally Wells Grant
 1985 A Woman of Substance (TV Mini-Series)
Emma Harte
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Emma Harte
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Emma Harte (credit only)
- Episode #1.1 (1985) ... Emma Harte
 1969 The Arrangement
Florence Anderson
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Elizabeth Brandon
 1968 Prudence and the Pill
Prudence Hardcastle
 1966 Eye of the Devil
Catherine de Montfaucon
 1963 ITV Play of the Week (TV Series)
Moira
- Three Roads to Rome (1963) ... Moira
 1961 The Naked Edge
Martha Radcliffe
 1960 The Grass Is Greener
Lady Hilary Rhyall
 1959 Count Your Blessings
Grace Allingham
 1959 The Journey
Diana Ashmore
 1956 The Proud and Profane
Lee Ashley
 1953 Dream Wife
Effie
 1951 Thunder in the East
Joan Willoughby
 1951 Quo Vadis
Lygia
 1943 The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
Edith Hunter / Barbara Wynne / Johnny Cannon
 1942 The Avengers
Kari Alstad
 1942 Courageous Mr. Penn
Gulielma Maria Springett
 1940 Blackout
Cigarette Girl (scenes deleted)
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Other Works:

Stage: Toured France starring in "Gaslight" to entertain Allied troops. See more »

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3 Print Biographies | 14 Articles | 5 Pictorials | 2 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 6" (1.68 m)
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[speaking in 1969] When I was under contract to MGM, with people like poor Robert Taylor and so many others, the cinema's job was solely entertainment. It filled a public need then. Now the cinema serves so many other purposes; it functions as psychiatrist, politician, message-maker, money maker and, incidentally, entertainer. But it's no good regretting that things are different. Times have to ... See more »

Trivia:

Suffered a miscarriage in February 1961 while two months pregnant with her husband Peter Viertel's baby. See more »

Trademark:

Refined and repressed characters who go through harrowing emotional experiences See more »

Nickname:

The English Rose

Star Sign:

Libra

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