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Kerr, Deborah

Born: 1921 AD
Currently alive, at 97 years of age.
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1921- She was born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer on the 30th day of September this year in Helensburg, Scotland, United Kingdom.


1938 – She was originally trained as a ballet dancer, first appearing on stage at Sadler’s Wells in this year. After changing careers, she soon found success as an actress.


1940 – Her debut in the British film Contraband in this year was left on the cutting room floor. However, that was followed by a series of other films, including the triple role of the hero’s loves in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp.


1945 – She married Andrew Bartley this year. They were separated in 1959.


1947 – It was her role as a troubled nun in Powell and Pressburger’s Black Narcissus in this year, which brought her to the attention of Hollywood producers.


1949 – She was first nominated in the movie “Edward, My Son”.


1953 – As a stage actress, she made her Broadway debut in this year in Robert Anderson’s Tea and Sympathy, for which she received a Tony award nomination. She also departed from typecasting with her performance as Karen in “From Here to Eternity”, for which she received an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. The American Film Institute acknowledged the iconic status of the scene from that film in which she and Burt Lancaster make love on a Hawaii beach amidst the crashing waves.


1955 – She won the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance in Chicago during a national tour of the play.


1956 – Her first notable role as Anna Leonowens in “The King and I”.


1957 – She won Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy at the Golden Globe Award for the movie “The King and I”.


1960 – She tied knot with Peter Viertel this year.


1969 – Pressure of competition from younger, upcoming actresses made her agree to appear nude in John Frankenheimer’s The Gypsy Moths. This would be the only nude scene in Kerr’s career.


1975 – She returned to Broadway, originating the role of Nancy in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer Prizewinning play, Seascape.


1986 – Her last TV appearance was “Hold the Dream”.


1993 – Deborah Kerr was awarded an Honorary Oscar at the Academy Awards for this year in recognition of the "perfection, discipline and elegance" of her screen work.


1998 – The Queen appointed Deborah Kerr a CBE, after an intensive lobbying effort and letter writing campaign by screenwriter, Michael Russnow. Deborah Kerr suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Although she long resided in Switzerland and Spain, she has since moved back to Britain to be closer to her children.

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