Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr

Highest Rated: 100% Black Narcissus (1947)

Lowest Rated: 8% The Arrangement (1969)

Birthday: Sep 30, 1921

Birthplace: Helensburgh, Scotland, UK

Known as "The English Rose," lovely, red-haired Deborah Kerr - "It Rhymes with Star!" as MGM memorably proclaimed in her introduction to American audiences - was the distinguished Scotland native who perfectly embodied the attributes of genteel grace and beauty for generations of moviegoers. Following a brief career in ballet and some repertory work in various productions of Shakespeare, she first gained attention in "Major Barbara" (1941) and demonstrated the screen presence of a natural star in Michael Powell's Technicolor masterpieces "The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp" (1943) and "Black Narcissus" (1947). Lured to Hollywood, Kerr graced event movies like "King Solomon's Mines" (1950) and "Quo Vadis" (1951), but it was her dramatic work in "Julius Caesar" (1953) and unexpected display of anger and sensuality in "From Here to Eternity" (1953) that confirmed her full range as a performer. While she sometimes bristled at being cast so often as the prim and proper lady, audiences loved her as those characters, never more so than in the musical "The King and I" (1956), one of her most enduringly popular vehicles, along with the romance perennial "An Affair to Remember" (1957). Admired in the industry for her talent and professionalism, and able to excel at playing everything from nuns to slaves, Kerr emerged as one of the finest and classiest leading ladies of her day.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Assam Garden Helen (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough Sally Wells Grant (Character) - 1985
No Score Yet 64% Witness for the Prosecution Nurse Plimsoll (Character) - 1982
No Score Yet 45% The Gypsy Moths Elizabeth Brandon (Character) - 1969
8% 65% The Arrangement Florence Anderson (Character) - 1969
No Score Yet 46% Prudence and the Pill Prudence Hardcastle (Character) - 1968
No Score Yet 60% Eye of the Devil Catherine de Montfaucon (Character) - 1967
25% 34% Casino Royale Agent Mimi/Lady Fiona McTarry (Character) - 1967
No Score Yet 51% Marriage on the Rocks Valerie Edwards (Character) - 1965
67% 76% The Chalk Garden Miss Madrigal (Character) - 1964
71% 85% The Night of the Iguana Hannah Jelkes (Character) - 1964
94% 86% The Innocents Miss Giddens (Character) - 1961
No Score Yet 60% The Naked Edge Martha Radcliffe (Character) - 1961
75% 62% The Sundowners Ida Carmody (Character) - 1960
88% 64% The Grass Is Greener Hilary Rhyall (Character) - 1960
No Score Yet 56% Beloved Infidel Sheilah Graham (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet 78% The Journey Diana Ashmore (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Count Your Blessings Grace Allingham (Character) - 1959
69% 76% Separate Tables Sibyl Railton-Bell (Character) - 1958
86% 68% Bonjour Tristesse Anne Larson (Character) - 1958
88% 81% Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Sister Angela (Character) - 1957
65% 87% An Affair to Remember Terry McKay (Character) - 1957
96% 83% The King and I Anna Leonowens (Character) - 1956
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Proud and Profane Lee Ashley (Character) - 1956
80% 76% Tea and Sympathy Laura Reynolds (Character) - 1956
80% 58% The End of the Affair Sarah Miles (Character) - 1955
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thunder in the East Joan Willoughby (Character) - 1953
92% 84% From Here to Eternity Karen Holmes (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 59% Dream Wife Effie (Character) - 1953
95% 81% Julius Caesar Portia (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 53% Young Bess Catherine Parr (Character) - 1953
No Score Yet 61% The Prisoner of Zenda Princess Flavia (Character) - 1952
88% 73% Quo Vadis? Lygia (Character) - 1951
No Score Yet No Score Yet Please Believe Me Alison Kirbe (Character) - 1950
92% 59% King Solomon's Mines Elizabeth Curtis (Character) - 1950
No Score Yet 42% Edward, My Son Evelyn Boult (Character) - 1949
No Score Yet 53% If Winter Comes Nona Tybar (Character) - 1948
No Score Yet 52% The Hucksters Kay Dorrance (Character) - 1947
100% 88% Black Narcissus Sister Clodagh (Character) - 1947
80% 77% The Adventuress Bridie Quilty (Character) - 1946
No Score Yet 65% Vacation From Marriage Catherine Wilson (Character) - 1945
96% 91% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp Edith Hunter/Barbara Wynne/Johnny Cannon (Character) - 1943
No Score Yet 40% The Day Will Dawn Kari Alstad (Character) - 1942
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hatters Castle Mary Brodie (Character) - 1941
93% 55% Major Barbara Jenny Hill (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet No Score Yet Courageous Mr. Penn Gulielma Maria Springett (Character) - 1941
No Score Yet 67% Love on the Dole Sally (Character) - 1941

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Talking Pictures Guest 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet A Woman of Substance Unknown (Character) 1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1953

QUOTES FROM Deborah Kerr CHARACTERS

Anna Leonowens says: How do you explain the fact, Your Majesty, that many men remain faithful to one wife?

King Mongkut of Siam says: They're sick.

Sister Clodagh says: We all need discipline. You said it yourself they're like children. Without discipline we should all behave like children.

Mr. Dean says: Don't you like children, sister?

Sister Clodagh says: [to Mr. Dean] You are objectionable when you are sober and abominable when drunk!

Alain de Montfaucon says: I want to see Papa. I miss him.

Catherine de Montfaucon says: I don't get it. He's never done this before.

Jean-Claude Ibert says: He must be asleep. Shh! Don't wake him.

Miss Madrigal says: Do you usually interview applicants at the door?

Laura Reynolds says: Years from now, when you talk about this -- and you will -- be kind.

Terry McKay says: Oh, it was nobody's fault but my own. I was looking up. It was the nearest thing to heaven. You were there.