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.