Deborah Kerr

British film and television actress (1921–2007) / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Deborah Jane Trimmer[1] CBE (30 September 1921  16 October 2007), known professionally as Deborah Kerr (/kɑːr/), was a British actress. She was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, becoming the first person from Scotland to be nominated for any acting Oscar.

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Deborah Kerr

Kerr in 1973, by Allan Warren
Deborah Jane Trimmer[1]

(1921-09-30)30 September 1921
Hillhead, Glasgow, Scotland
Died16 October 2007(2007-10-16) (aged 86)
Botesdale, Suffolk, England
Resting placeAlfold Cemetery, Alfold, near Guildford, Surrey, England
Years active1937–1986
Known forThe King and I
From Here to Eternity
An Affair to Remember
Tea and Sympathy
Separate Tables
Black Narcissus
The Innocents
The Sundowners
The Night of the Iguana
(m. 1945; div. 1959)
(m. 1960)
RelativesLex Shrapnel (grandson)

During her international film career, Kerr won a Golden Globe Award for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the musical film The King and I (1956). Her other major and best known films and performances are The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943), Black Narcissus (1947), Quo Vadis (1951), From Here to Eternity (1953), Tea and Sympathy (1956), An Affair to Remember (1957), Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), Bonjour Tristesse (1958), Separate Tables (1958), The Sundowners (1960), The Innocents (1961), The Grass Is Greener (1960), and The Night of the Iguana (1964).

In 1994, having already received honorary awards from the Cannes Film Festival and BAFTA, Kerr received an Academy Honorary Award with a citation recognizing her as "an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance".[2]