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[1939 comment on Deanna Durbin] When she sings, there is no sense of the footlights about it. She sings for music, not for show. She isn't one of those sopranos who expect the audience to pay out on the high notes. Her singing, which must have been magnificently taught to her, is still, praise heaven, cool, clean, and scholarly.
She abandoned film criticism in 1960 as a result of her intense dislike for Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho"; she counted Hitchcock as a friend, and was distressed that he should have had his greatest success with a film she thought unworthy of him.