Deanna Durbin

Deanna Durbin


12/4/1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada



Birth Name

Edna Mae Durbin


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Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Her mature singing voice captured first MGM and then Universal who would sign her on. Her name would be changed to Deanna for film purposes. At 25 years old, she was the second highest paid woman in…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Deanna was rejected for the role of Snow White in the film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs because she sounded too mature.

    • Deanna has one daughter named Jessica.

    • Deanna is the grandmother of singer Lisa Kelly.

    • Deanna was originally optioned by Louis Mayer of MGM Studios to play Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz (1939).

    • Deanna's likeness was used on many dolls manufactured from 1938 through the 1940s.

    • Deanna appeared in a 1938 magazine advertisement for Wrigley's Doublemint Gum.

    • Deanna sent a recent picture of herself to Life Magazine in 1980 to dispel rumors in newspapers and magazines that she had become grossly overweight.

    • Deanna was honored on February 7, 1938 at Grauman's Chinese Theater by having her feet and hand-prints added to the cement in the forecourt, along with those of other celebrities such as Douglas Fairbanks and Shirley Temple.

    • Deanna's movies, Three Smart Girls (1936) and One Hundred Men And A Girl (1937) were credited as saving Universal Pictures from bankruptcy.

    • Deanna's picture was one Anne Frank kept on the wall of her room in the tenement where she and her family were hiding from the Nazis during World War II.

    • Deanna has a star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame at 1722 Vine Street.

    • Deanna was asked in 1941 in an open letter by Fascist Italy's ruler, Benito Mussolini, published in the state newspaper, Il Popolo, to confer with President Roosevelt on behalf of America's youth to persuade him not to become involved in World War II. She chose not to respond.

    • Deanna was given a special Juvenile Oscar om 1938, a shorter-size version of the statue given to adult performers.

    • Deanna was the highest paid female film star in the world in 1938, making close to $250,000 a year.

    • Deanna's first film appearance was in the short film Every Sunday (1936), in which she co-starred with Judy Garland.

  • Quotes

    • Deanna: Just as a Hollywood pin-up represents sex to dissatisfied erotics, so I represented the ideal daughter millions of fathers and mothers wished they had.

    • Deanna: I couldn't go on forever being Little Miss Fixit who burst into song.