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'King and I' star Deborah Kerr dies

19 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Deborah Kerr, whose remarkable body of work brought her six Academy Award nominations for best actress but no Oscar wins, has died. She was 86.

Kerr, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died Tuesday in Suffolk in eastern England, her agent, Anne Hutton, said Thursday.

Kerr, whose embrace with Burt Lancaster on the beach in From Here to Eternity is one of the most indelible romantic movie scenes in history, holds the record for most Academy Award nominations without winning. However, in 1994, she was presented with an honorary Oscar for being "an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance."

She received her Oscar nominations for Edward, My Son (1949), From Here to Eternity (1953), The King and I (1956), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), Separate Tables (1958) and The Sundowners (1960).

Kerr received another burst of fame when 1957's An Affair to Remember was celebrated as the ultimate "chick flick" in 1993 film Sleepless in Seattle. Affair was remade as Love Affair in 1994 with Annette Bening and Warren Beatty reprising the parts played by Kerr and Cary Grant.

The epitome of the cultured and proper lady, Kerr blossomed best when the fires of passions erupted from her restrained character's surfaces. Her most memorable roles were in steamy romances. Her best-remembered movie line was also in a romance: In 1956's Tea and Sympathy, she played an older woman who had a disastrous affair with a younger man: "Years from now when you talk about this, and you will, be kind."

Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer was born on Sept. 30, 1921, in Helensburgh, Scotland. As a child, she expressed interest in drama and played in many local productions. »

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O'Donnell: "I Used To Drink and Drive"

9 May 2007 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Rosie O'Donnell can empathize with Paris Hilton because she used to drink and drive. The Sleepless In Seattle star, 45, yesterday admitted she sometimes drove under the influence in her younger years - although there is no excuse for doing so. Talking on TV show The View, O'Donnell said, "Many people drive drunk. If you asked people in this audience how many have ever driven when they've had too much to drink, nearly everybody would raise their hand. It doesn't make it the right thing to do, and hopefully as you get to be an adult... I remember being 21 years old coming home from gigs, totally not in any capacity to drive. Thanks God I didn't kill anyone or anyone else." »

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Higgins to vp publicity post at WB

27 March 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Veteran marketing and publicity executive Dennis Higgins has been named vp national publicity at Warner Bros. Pictures.

Higgins will head one of the department's three publicity teams, reporting to Juli Goodwin, who was recently promoted to senior vp national publicity.

"Dennis Higgins brings more than 20 years' experience in entertainment publicity and marketing to our publicity group," Warners domestic theatrical marketing president Dawn Taubin said. "He has worked on films of every genre, both large and small, and has earned the respect and admiration of both his colleagues and the media."

Higgins moves to Warners from Bauer Martinez Entertainment, the production and distribution company that has been downsizing quickly in recent months. He had been the company's senior vp publicity since 2005.

Before that, Higgins had been at Intermedia Entertainment, where he was senior vp marketing and corporate communications for two years. He joined Intermedia from Miramax, where from 2001-02 he worked on a variety of projects, including the Oscar-winning Chicago and In the Bedroom.

From 1989-2001, Higgins was senior vp publicity at Columbia Pictures, where he was involved in the campaigns of As Good as It Gets, Jerry Maguire and Philadelphia. He also worked on such blockbusters as Charlie's Angels, Men in Black, Air Force One, My Best Friend's Wedding, Sleepless in Seattle and Basic Instinct.

Higgins also had stints at 20th Century Fox and MGM/UA. »

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