She was born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Helensburg, Scotland, UK ninety years ago, on this day. Her father was a former soldier who had been gassed in the Great War. Deborah as a child was said to have been quiet and shy, but acting was an outlet for her - as was the case with many actresses. Her aunt, a radio actress, got her some work as a teenager. She was discovered by a British producer and from then on, a brilliant career took off.
5 Things for Deborah
(or five items pertaining to the both of us!):
5. I remember when she died. This is rare, but I do. It was at the end of the national news and they played a clip of Deborah - the famous kissing scene from "From Here to Eternity." I was just getting into classic film but was yet to know who Deborah was; both of my parents recognized her.
4. I was excited when Lucy appeared on "What's My Line?" as a mystery guest the same day Deborah was on the panel. They did not get around for Deborah to guess, but Arelene [Francis] leaned over when she had just figured it out, and said, "Miss Kerr, do you know who this is?" To which the fellow redhead said, "It must be Lucy!"
3. I get annoyed when someone says Deborah Kurrh instead of Deborah Car, like it should really be pronounced.
2. My favorite Deborah movie is "An Affair to Remember."
1. I bonded with one of my teachers over the latter film -- it is is her favorite, and that launched a conversation about classic film that got our minds off math. For a little while, anyway.
I liked "The Grass is Greener", with Deborah and Cary (as well as Jean Simmons and Robert Mitchum) too - but not as much. I just found it impossible that someone would cheat on Cary Grant. And since they were so wonderful and romantic in "An Affair to Remember", I wanted them to be that way again! ("Dream Wife" was fun, too).
"The English Rose"
The Deborah films I most want to see are "The Night of the Iguana" (Ava Gardner, and Deborah - will make up for Richard Burton's presence in the film) and "Black Narcissus."
Here is Deborah's own appearance on "What's My Line?". I think she's quite adorable in this, don't you?
Thank you, Sophie, for hosting this! Blogathons are always fun. I wish I could have written something more original for Deborah and I know she's deserving of something better - but I hope it will do.
Be sure and go over to Sophie's blog to see the other participating posters. Happy 90th birthday, Deborah!