Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr


9/30/1921, Helensburgh, Scotland, UK



Birth Name

Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer



Also Known As

Deborah Kerr-Viertel, Deborah Kerr-Trimmer
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A refined actress renowned for her sophistication and dignity, Deborah Kerr was one of the leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age. Born Deborah Kerr-Trimmer on September 30, 1921, in Helensburgh, Scotland, she was first trained as a dancer at her aunt's drama school in Bristol, England. After being…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Deborah Kerr was awarded a Golden Globe Henrietta Award for World Film Favorite - Female in 1959.

    • Deborah Kerr was awarded a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in 1960 for her role in the "The Sundowners".

    • Deborah Kerr was awarded a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in 1957 for her role in the "Heaven knows, Mr Allison".

    • Deborah Kerr voiced the title role in NBC University Theater's radio adaptation of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre airing on April 3, 1949.

    • Deborah Kerr was awarded a New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress in 1947 for her role in the "Black Narcissus".

    • Deborah Kerr was awarded a Golden Globe Award for Best Actress (Musical or Comedy) in 1956 for her role in the "The King and I".

    • Deborah Kerr has equaled Thelma Ritter for the distinction of receiving the most nominations for an actress for an acting Academy Award, without actually winning. It should be noted that her nominations were all for Best Actress, while Ritter's were all for Best Supporting Actress.

    • Deborah Kerr has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine Street, for her contributions to the motion picture industry.

    • Deborah Kerr was nominated six times in the category of Best Actress:

      * 1949 - Edward, My Son.
      * 1953 - From Here to Eternity.
      * 1956 - The King and I.
      * 1957 - Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison.
      * 1958 - Separate Tables.
      * 1960 - The Sundowners.

    • Deborah Kerr was awarded a CBE (Commander of the order of the British Empire) in the 1997/8 New Years Honours List.

    • Deborah's singing voice in "The King And I" was dubbed by Marni Nixon.

  • Quotes

    • Deborah Kerr: Autobiographies are all the same--it's always rags-to-riches or I-slept-with-so-and-so. Damned if I'm going to say that.

    • Deborah Kerr: I suppose the part nearest me is Laura Reynolds in Tea and Sympathy. Of course playwright Bob Anderson didn't know that, but he wrote Laura Reynolds and Laura Reynolds happened to be me. It was the coming together of a part and an actress - the same attitude to life, a certain shyness in life, a deep compassion for people who are being persecuted for anything.

    • Deborah Kerr: I respect anyone who has to fight and howl for his decency.

    • Deborah Kerr: I adore not being me. I'm not very good at being me. That's why I adore acting so much.

    • Deborah Kerr: For Karen Holmes (in From Here to Eternity), I studied voice for three months to get rid of my English accent. I changed my hair to blonde. I knew I could be sexy if I had to.

    • Deborah Kerr: (Speaking about Hollywood) I came over here to act, but it turned out all I had to do was to be high-minded, long suffering, white-gloved and decorative.

    • Deborah Kerr: I am really rather like a beautiful Jersey cow, I have the same pathetic droop to the corners of my eyes.

    • Deborah Kerr: Personally, I think if a women hasn't met the right man by the time she's 24, she may be lucky.

    • Deborah Kerr: All the most successful people these days seem to be neurotic. Perhaps we should stop being sorry for them and start being sorry for me - for being so confounded normal.