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Deborah Kerr Overview:

Legendary actress, Deborah Kerr, was born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer on Sep 30, 1921 in Helensburgh, UK. Kerr died at the age of 86 on Oct 16, 2007 in Botesdale, Suffolk .

HONORS and AWARDS:

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Although Kerr was nominated for six Oscars, she never won a competitive Academy Award. However she won one Honorary Oscar Award in 1993 in appreciation for a full career's worth of elegant and beautifully crafted performances .

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1949Best ActressEdward, My Son (1949)Evelyn BoultNominated
1953Best ActressFrom Here to Eternity (1953)Karen HolmesNominated
1956Best ActressThe King and I (1956)AnnaNominated
1957Best ActressHeaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)Sister AngelaNominated
1958Best ActressSeparate Tables (1958)Sibyl Railton-BellNominated
1960Best ActressThe Sundowners (1960)Ida CarmodyNominated

Academy Awards (Honorary Oscars)

YearAwardDescription
1993Honorary Awardin appreciation for a full career's worth of elegant and beautifully crafted performances

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She was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures. Deborah Kerr's handprints and footprints were 'set in stone' at Grauman's Chinese Theater during imprint ceremony #112 on Mar 22, 1956.

BlogHub Articles:

THE BLOGATHON: Reunion at Fairborough (1985)

on Sep 30, 2018 From Caftan Woman

Maddy Loves Her Classic Films and is celebrating on the occasion of her birthdate, September 30th, with a blogathon. Click HERE for the tributes to the actress whose name rhymes with star. There is joy in watching experts in their field. Skill and talent can be inspirational. There is ... Read full article


10 Things You May Not Know About

By Stephen Reginald on Oct 5, 2017 From Classic Movie Man

10 Things You May Not Know About (1921 – 2007) is perhaps best remembered as portraying proper British ladies on the screen, but she had quite a range as an actress. She appeared in comedies, dramas, and musicals with ease. 1. Kerr first trained to be a ballet d... Read full article


I See a Dark Stranger (1946) with and Trevor Howard

By Orson De Welles on Jul 7, 2016 From Classic Film Freak

Share This! Some could say that 1946’s I See a Dark Stranger (released in the US as The Adventuress) is a gem in the rough.  And perhaps in some ways they’d be right, especially if they’re talking about the earlier portions of the film. Gluing the experience together is starring as Brid... Read full article


The Making of an Anti-Damsel: in "Vacation from Marriage"

By Caftan Woman on Aug 16, 2015 From Caftan Woman

Movies Silently and The Last Drive-In urge us to think of the "anti-damsel", empowered ladies of silent and classic film. Here is where all the inspiring females hang out. It is not enough to say that Robert and Catherine Wilson, the lead characters in 1945s Vacation from Marriage, directed by Al... Read full article


and Cary Grant

By Amanda Garrett on Feb 27, 2015 From Old Hollywood Films

Cary Grant and are one of old Hollywood's best screen teams thanks to their performances in the romantic classic, An Affair to Remember (1957). The duo made two other films together The Dream Wife (1953) and The Grass is Greener (1960). Cary Grant and 's first onscreen... Read full article


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Deborah Kerr Quotes:

Hannah Jelkes: Who wouldn't like to atone for the sins of themselves, and the world, if it could be done in a hammock with ropes, instead of on a Cross, with nails? On a green hilltop, instead of Golgotha, the Place of the Skulls? Isn't that a comparatively comfortable, almost voluptuous Crucifixion to suffer for the sins of the world, Mr. Shannon?


Hannah Jelkes: Nothing human disgusts me, Mr. Shannon, unless it's unkind, violent.


Lady Thiang: They think you dress like that because you shaped like that!
Anna: Well I most certainly am not!


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Her last public appearance was in 1994 when she was awarded an honorary Oscar after six failed nominations over the years. Miss Kerr, along with Thelma Ritter, is one of the few actresses to have received six nominations and not to have won an Oscar. On Oscar evening, Glenn Close presented a special tribute to her work, the Oscar audience watched clips of her films to music. Miss Kerr then appeared from behind the screen, obviously frail, in a blue pastel trouser suit and received a standing ovation from her peers. A life-long shy woman, Miss Kerr said, "I have never been so terrified in my life, but I feel better now because I know that I am among friends. Thank you for giving me a happy life." Following this, there was another standing ovation and Miss Kerr left the stage, which was to become her last official goodbye to Hollywood.

Lived in Switzerland and Spain after retiring from acting, but returned to England to be with her family when her Parkinson's disease worsened.

Received one of the longest standing ovations of all Honorary Oscar-recipients when she was awarded with an Honorary Oscar for her body of work in 1994.

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