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Deborah Kerr is a Actor British born on 30 september 1921 at Helensburgh (United-kingdom)

Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr
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Birth name Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer (prononcé [Kar])
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 30 september 1921 at Helensburgh (United-kingdom)
Death 16 october 2007 (at 86 years) at Suffolk (United-kingdom)
Awards Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire

Deborah Kerr CBE (/kɑr/; born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer; 30 September 1921 – 16 October 2007) was a Scottish film, theatre and television actress. During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion picture The King and I and the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as "Laura Reynolds" in the play Tea and Sympathy (a role she originated on Broadway). She was also a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.

Kerr was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, more than any other actress, but never won. In 1994, however, having already received honorary awards from the Cannes Film Festival and BAFTA, she received an Academy Honorary Award with a citation recognising her as "an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance". As well as The King and I, her films include An Affair to Remember; From Here to Eternity; Quo Vadis; The Innocents; Black Narcissus; Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison; King Solomon's Mines; The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp; The Sundowners and Separate Tables.


Kerr's first marriage was to Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Anthony Bartley on 29 November 1945. They had two daughters, Melanie Jane (born 27 December 1947) and Francesca Ann (born 20 December 1951 and subsequently married to the actor John Shrapnel). The marriage was troubled, owing to Bartley's jealousy of his wife's fame and financial success and because her career often took her away from home. They divorced in 1959.

Her second marriage was to author Peter Viertel on 23 July 1960. In marrying Viertel, she became stepmother to Viertel's daughter, Christine Viertel. Although she long resided in Klosters, Switzerland and Marbella, Spain, she moved back to Britain to be closer to her own children as her health began to deteriorate. Her husband, however, continued to live in Marbella.

Best films

From Here to Eternity (1953)
The King and I (1956)
The Night of the Iguana (1964)
King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Separate Tables (1958)
Quo Vadis (1952)

Usually with

John Huston
John Huston
(4 films)
Felix Aylmer
Felix Aylmer
(6 films)
Cary Grant
Cary Grant
(5 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Deborah Kerr (51 films)

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Trumbo (2015)
, 2h4
Directed by Jay Roach
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography
Themes Films about writers, Political films
Actors Elle Fanning, Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Helen Mirren, Alan Tudyk
Roles Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
Rating74% 3.7476253.7476253.7476253.7476253.747625
In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) was Hollywood’s top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo (directed by Jay Roach) recounts how Dalton used words and wit to win two Academy Awards and expose the absurdity and injustice under the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger. The film also stars Diane Lane, John Goodman, Louis CK, Elle Fanning, and Michael Stuhlbarg.
L.A. Confidential, 2h18
Directed by Curtis Hanson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Noir, Crime
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about prostitution
Actors Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, Kim Basinger, Danny DeVito, James Cromwell
Roles Self (archive footage)
Rating81% 4.098784.098784.098784.098784.09878
In early 1950s Los Angeles, Detective Sergeant Edmund "Ed" Exley (Guy Pearce), the son of a legendary LAPD detective, is determined to live up to his father's reputation. His intelligence, insistence on following regulations and cold demeanor contribute to his isolation from other officers. He exacerbates this resentment by volunteering to testify in a police brutality case, insisting on a promotion to Detective Lieutenant against the advice of Captain Dudley Smith (James Cromwell). Exley's ambition is fueled by the murder of his father by an unknown assailant, to whom he refers as "Rollo Tomasi" to give him personality.
The Gypsy Moths, 1h47
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Adventure, Romance
Themes Transport films, Aviation films
Actors Burt Lancaster, Deborah Kerr, Gene Hackman, Scott Wilson, Bonnie Bedelia, Sheree North
Roles Elizabeth Brandon
Rating63% 3.199153.199153.199153.199153.19915
A skydiving team called the Gypsy Moths visits a small town in Kansas to put on a show. Their leader, Mike Rettig (Burt Lancaster]), is accompanied by his partners, Joe Browdy (Hackman) and Malcolm Webson (Scott Wilson).
The Arrangement, 2h1
Directed by Elia Kazan
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Films about suicide
Actors Kirk Douglas, Faye Dunaway, Deborah Kerr, Richard Boone, Hume Cronyn, Michael Higgins
Roles Florence Anderson
Rating64% 3.249473.249473.249473.249473.24947
Wealthy ad man Eddie Anderson makes a failed suicide attempt in his car. He is contemptuous of life and its "arrangements." His long marriage to Florence is now devoid of passion, and he has become the lover of Gwen, a research assistant at his Los Angeles advertising agency.
Prudence and the Pill, 1h32
Directed by Ronald Neame, Fielder Cook
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Children's films
Actors Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Joyce Redman, Robert Coote, Judy Geeson, Irina Demick
Roles Prudence Hardcastle
Rating57% 2.857922.857922.857922.857922.85792
The film portrays the conflicting and comical attempts by five couples to avoid pregnancy by using contraceptive pills. All of their efforts are ultimately unsuccessful, with the result that all five of the women give birth the following year.
Eye of the Devil, 1h32
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime
Actors Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Donald Pleasence, David Hemmings, Sharon Tate, Edward Mulhare
Roles Catherine de Montfaucon
Rating61% 3.050973.050973.050973.050973.05097
David Niven plays the owner of a vineyard, who is called back to the estate when it falls on hard times. Accompanied by his wife (Deborah Kerr), the couple are confronted by a beautiful witch (Sharon Tate), who also lives on the estate with her brother (David Hemmings). As time passes it becomes clear that a blood sacrifice is expected to return the vineyard to its former glory.
Casino Royale, 2h11
Directed by Robert Parrish, John Huston, Ken Hughes, Val Guest, Richard Talmadge, Joseph McGrath
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films about children, Spy films, Politique, Films about terrorism, Political films
Actors David Niven, Peter Sellers, Ursula Andress, Orson Welles, Woody Allen, William Holden
Roles Agent Mimi / Lady Fiona McTarry
Rating51% 2.5527352.5527352.5527352.5527352.552735
The story of Casino Royale is told in an episodic format. Val Guest oversaw the assembly of the sections, although he turned down the credit of "co-ordinating director".
Marriage on the Rocks, 1h49
Directed by Jack Donohue
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, John McGiver, Nancy Sinatra
Roles Valerie Edwards
Rating59% 2.952782.952782.952782.952782.95278
After nineteen years of marriage, Dan Edwards' wife Val is exasperated with his lack of attention to her and the amount of attention he pays to a Los Angeles advertising agency that he runs with his friend, Ernie Brewer, a laid-back second-in-command.
Marriage on the Rocks, 1h49
Directed by Jack Donohue, Richard Lang
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romance
Actors Frank Sinatra, Deborah Kerr, Dean Martin, Cesar Romero, Hermione Baddeley, Tony Bill
Roles Valerie Edwards
Rating59% 2.952782.952782.952782.952782.95278
Après plus de vingt ans de mariage Valérie se demande si elle ne va pas se séparer de Dan.... mais un juge prononce leur divorce par erreur. Valérie décide alors de reconquérir le cœur de Dan.
The Night of the Iguana, 2h5
Directed by John Huston
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, Théâtre, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, Adaptation d'une pièce de théâtre de Tennessee Williams, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Sue Lyon, Cyril Delevanti, Grayson Hall
Roles Hannah Jelkes
Rating75% 3.797473.797473.797473.797473.79747
The preface to the story shows Episcopal priest Reverend Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon (Richard Burton) having a "nervous breakdown" after being ostracized by his congregation for having an inappropriate relationship in Virginia with "a very young Sunday school teacher."
The Chalk Garden, 1h46
Directed by Ronald Neame
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama
Themes Théâtre, Films based on plays
Actors Deborah Kerr, Hayley Mills, John Mills, Edith Evans, Elizabeth Sellars, Felix Aylmer
Roles Miss Madrigal
Rating72% 3.6412953.6412953.6412953.6412953.641295
An elderly woman hires a governess with a mysterious past to look after her disturbed teenage granddaughter, who has seen off many previous governesses and who feels intense sexual jealousy and resentment of her beautiful mother.
The Innocents, 1h39
Directed by Jack Clayton
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Historical
Themes Ghost films, Children's films
Actors Deborah Kerr, Michael Redgrave, Peter Wyngarde, Megs Jenkins, Pamela Franklin, Isla Cameron
Roles Miss Giddens
Rating77% 3.8976153.8976153.8976153.8976153.897615
Miss Giddens (Deborah Kerr) applies for a job as a governess. It is to be her first position, but the wealthy bachelor interviewing her (Michael Redgrave) is unconcerned with her lack of experience. He values his freedom to travel and socialise and unabashedly confesses that he has "no room, mentally or emotionally" for his niece and nephew. They were orphaned and left in his care as infants, and he keeps them at Bly, his country estate. The previous governess, Miss Jessel, died suddenly less than a year ago. All he cares about is that Miss Giddens accept full responsibility for the children, never troubling him with whatever problems may arise.