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Friday, September 30, 2011

Darling Deborah || Happy Birthday, Deborah Kerr!

This is my contribution to Waitin on A Sunny Day's Darling Deborah Blogathon in celebration of Deborah Kerr's 90th birthday. Be sure and go on over to check out all the wonderful posts!

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).

So stylish!

"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! 


Sophie said...

Thanks for such a sweet post for the blogathon! I really enjoyed reading it! <3

Rianna said...

Aw, thank you, Sophie! :) I wish I could have written something better... and I just corrected that totally embarrassing mistake about The Night of the Iguana... I don't know where my head was yesterday! :/


I loved your list (well, I love lists!) and it was the post who called my atention first in the blogathon. A piece of advice: if you haven't watched Black Narcissus yet, run and do it, it's great! And thanks for teaching me how to say Deborah's last name!

Rianna said...

Aw, thank you! I love lists, too. Yeah, I plan to watch Black Narcissus quite soon. Glad to know you liked it!

Ohh, haha, you're welcome :) I'm glad you liked the post, I thought it was quite dull compared to everyone's else's, though.

Thanks for stopping by! :)

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