: Ephemeral fame (photo: Deanna Durbin
in 1981) [See previous post: "Deanna Durbin: 'Sweet Monster.'"] Unlike Greta Garbo
, whose mystique remained basically intact following her retirement in 1941, Deanna Durbin
’s popularity faded away much like that of the vast majority of celebrities who were removed — or who chose to remove themselves — from public view. Despite the advent of home video and classic-movie cable channels, Durbin remains virtually unknown to the vast majority of those who weren’t around in her heyday in the ’30s and ’40s. Yet, although relatively few in number, she continues to have her ardent fans. There are a handful of websites devoted to Deanna Durbin
and her film and recording careers, chiefly among them the appropriately titled "Deanna Durbin Devotees." Fade Out Charles David
, Deanna Durbin
’s husband of 48 years, died in March 1999, at the age of 92; Institut Pasteur medical researcher Peter H.
David is their only son. Durbin also had a daughter,