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Deanna Durbin (1921–2013)


The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business purposes, by age 21 she was the most highly paid ... See full bio »

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Known For

Can't Help Singing
Can't Help Singing Caroline Frost
(1944)
One Hundred Men and a Girl
One Hundred Men and a Girl Patricia Cardwell
(1937)
First Love
First Love Constance Harding
(1939)
Christmas Holiday
Christmas Holiday Jackie Lamont / Abigail Martin
(1944)

Filmography

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 2013 Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World (TV Movie documentary) (performer: "Danny Boy" - uncredited)
 2009 Capitalism: A Love Story (Documentary) (performer: "The Last Rose Of Summer")
 2009 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing (Video documentary) (performer: "A Friend Indeed" - uncredited)
 2006 Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis (Documentary) (performer: "Amapola")
 1974 That's Entertainment! (Documentary) (performer: "Americana" (1936) - uncredited)
 1948 Up in Central Park (performer: "Oh Say, Can You See (What I See)", "Carousel in the Park", "Pace, Pace Mio Dio" - uncredited)
 1947 Something in the Wind (performer: "You Wanna Keep Your Baby Looking Right", "The Turntable Song", "Happy Go Lucky and Free", "It's Only Love", "Something in the Wind", "Miserere" (uncredited))
 1947 I'll Be Yours (performer: "Cobbleskill School Song" (uncredited), "Granada", "It's Dream Time", "Love's Own Sweet Song (Sari Waltz)")
 1946 Because of Him (performer: "Lover", "Danny Boy", "Good Bye!")
 1944 Can't Help Singing ("CAN'T HELP SINGING") / (performer: "CAN'T HELP SINGING", "ANY MOMENT NOW", "MORE AND MORE", "CALIFORN-I-AY")
 1944 Christmas Holiday (performer: "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year", "Always (Reprise)", "Always")
 1944 The Shining Future (Short) (performer: "Begin the Beguine" - uncredited)
 1943 His Butler's Sister (performer: "In the Spirit of the Moment", "When You're Away" (uncredited), "Medley of Russian Songs" (uncredited), "None Shall Sleep (Nessun Dorma)" (uncredited))
 1943 Hers to Hold (performer: "The Seguidilla" (uncredited), "Begin the Beguine", "Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There", "Kashmiri Love Song" (uncredited), "Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There (Reprise)")
 1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (performer: "The Old Refrain", "Mighty Lak' a Rose", "Rock-a-bye Baby", "Visi d'Arte" - uncredited)
 1941 It Started with Eve (performer: "When I Sing", "Clavelitos", "Goin' Home", "Piano Concerto No. 1" - uncredited)
 1941 Nice Girl? ("Beneath the Lights of Home") / (performer: "Perhaps", "The Old Folks at Home", "Love at Last", "Beneath the Lights of Home", "Thank You America", "There'll Always Be An England")
 1940 Spring Parade (performer: "Waltzing in the Clouds", "It's Foolish But It's Fun", "When April Sings", "Blue Danube Dream" (uncredited))
 1940 It's a Date (performer: "Love is All" (1940), "The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond" (uncredited), "Musetta's Waltz from 'La bohème'" (1896) (uncredited), "Ave Maria (Op.52 No.1)" (1825) (uncredited), "Loch Lomond" (uncredited))
 1939 First Love (performer: "Amapola (Pretty Little Poppy)", "Un bel di (One Fine Day)", "Home, Sweet, Home", "Spring in My Heart")
 1938 That Certain Age (performer: "My Own", "Les Filles de Cadiz" (uncredited), "Aria from 'Romeo et Juliette'" (uncredited))
 1938 Mad About Music (performer: "A Serenade to the Stars", "Chapel Bells", "I Love to Whistle", "Ave Maria" (uncredited), "I Love to Whistle (Reprise)" (uncredited), "A Serenade to the Stars (Reprise)" (uncredited))
 1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl (performer: "It's Raining Sunbeams" (1937), "A Heart That's Free" (1936) (uncredited), "Alleluja: from the motet 'Exultate, jubilate' (K.165)" (1773), "Libiamo ne' lieti calici (Drinking Song): from 'La traviata'" (1853))
 1936 Three Smart Girls ("Someone to Care for Me" (1936), uncredited) / (performer: "My Heart Is Singing" (1936), "Il bacio" (1860) - uncredited)
 1936 Every Sunday (Short) ("Americana") / (performer: "Il Bacio")
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Personal Details

Other Works:

(2/7/44) Radio: Appeared (as "Ann Carter") in a "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast of "Her Butler's Sister".

Publicity Listings:

2 Portrayals | 5 Articles | 2 Pictorials | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

Height:

5' 3½" (1.61 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[in 1959, reflecting on her career] Just as Hollywood pin-up represents sex to dissatisfied erotics, so I represented the ideal daughter millions of fathers and mothers wished they had. See more »

Trivia:

She was sought for the female leads of the original Broadway productions of both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" (1943) and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's "My Fair Lady" (1956). Universal refused to loan her for Oklahoma! and she turned down the lead in My Fair Lady (after Lerner personally came to her home to audition the songs for her) because, as she said later, "... See more »

Nickname:

The mortgage lifter

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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