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      Deanna Durbin

      Deanna Durbin

      Highest Rated: 88% 100 Men and a Girl (1937)

      Lowest Rated: 71% Lady on a Train (1945)

      Birthday: Dec 4, 1921

      Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

      Deanna Durbin once saved a major Hollywood studio from bankruptcy with a winning smile, an operatic singing voice and a can-do attitude. A MGM discovery, the 13-year-old Canadian émigré was dumped by the studio in favor of a young Judy Garland in one of Tinseltown's most notorious intra-office screw-ups. Taken in at Universal, Durbin was groomed as a rival to Fox's pint-sized headliner Shirley Temple. Her first picture, "Three Smart Girls" (1936), was an unexpected box office smash and a string of subsequent hits made Durbin Hollywood's highest paid female star and an honorary Academy Award winner. As her international fame grew, Durbin's fans came to include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. Shrewd investments and a share in a line of trademarked merchandise made the actress independently wealthy by the time she was 18 years old. Durbin walked out of the limelight in 1949, never to return to films despite lucrative offers from Hollywood and Broadway. Raising a family in France with her third husband, Durbin refused all but one interview over the subsequent decades, preferring peace and privacy to her lasting fame as Hollywood's "Little Miss Fix-It."

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      100 Men and a Girl
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      Three Smart Girls
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      Christmas Holiday
      Lady on a Train poster
      Lady on a Train

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      No Score Yet 40% Up in Central Park Rosie Moore (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 62% For the Love of Mary Mary Peppertree (Character) - 1948
      No Score Yet 60% Something in the Wind Mary Collins (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 57% I'll Be Yours Louise Ginglebusher (Character) - 1947
      No Score Yet 50% Because of Him Kim Walker (Character) - 1946
      71% 70% Lady on a Train Nikki Collins/Margo Martin (Character) - 1945
      78% 50% Christmas Holiday Jackie Lamont/Abigail Martin (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 48% Can't Help Singing Caroline Frost (Character) - 1944
      No Score Yet 57% Hers to Hold Penny Craig (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 64% His Butler's Sister Ann Carter (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 60% The Amazing Mrs. Holliday Ruth Kirke Holliday (Character) - 1943
      No Score Yet 83% It Started With Eve Anne Terry (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 75% Nice Girl? Jane Dana (Character) - 1941
      No Score Yet 86% Spring Parade Ilonka Tolnay (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 76% It's a Date Pamela Drake (Character) - 1940
      No Score Yet 70% Three Smart Girls Grow Up Penny Craig (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 75% First Love Constance Harding (Character) - 1939
      No Score Yet 75% Mad About Music Gloria Harkinson (Character) - 1938
      No Score Yet 50% That Certain Age Alice Fullerton (Character) - 1938
      88% 55% 100 Men and a Girl Patricia Cardwell (Character) - 1937
      86% 52% Three Smart Girls Penny Craig (Character) - 1936
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Sunday Edna (Character) - 1936