Deborah Kerr

(Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer)

1921 - 2007

Deborah Kerr
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Deborah Kerr

Actress. Perceived as the quintessential English beauty, Deborah Kerr (pronounced 'Carr') was in fact a native of Helensburgh. The daughter of a civil engineer and architect, she moved south at the age of five and was educated in Bristol. She went on to train in ballet in London but soon became an actress. Kerr had a successful career in British movies before moving to Hollywood. Starring in films such as Black Narcissus (1946), The Hucksters (1947) and The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), she will be best remembered for her roles as the sizzling adulteress of From Here to Eternity (1953), as Anna the governess in The King and I (1956) and playing opposite Cary Grant in An Affair to Remember (1957).

With six Oscar nominations during her career, she was presented with an honorary Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1993 and a CBE in 1998.

Kerr died at her home in Suffolk (England).

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