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Deborah Kerr

Highest Rated:   100% The Grass Is Greener (1960)
Lowest Rated:   14% The Arrangement (1969)
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Birthplace:   Helensburgh, Scotland, UK
A cultured actress renowned for her elegance and dignity, Deborah Kerr was one of the leading ladies of Hollywood's Golden Age. Born Deborah Kerr-Trimmer in Helensburgh, Scotland, on September 30, 1921, she was first trained as a dancer at her aunt's drama school in Bristol, England. After winning a scholarship to the Sadlers Wells Ballet School, Kerr made her London stage debut at age 17 in Prometheus. Meanwhile, she developed an interest in acting and began getting bit parts and walk-ons in Shakespeare productions. While continuing to appear in various London stage plays, Kerr debuted onscreen in 1940 and went on to roles in a number of British films over the next seven years, often playing cool, reserved, well-bred young ladies. Her portrayal of a nun in Black Narcissus (1947) earned a New York Film Critics Best Actress award and led to an invitation from Hollywood to co-star opposite Clark Gable in The Hucksters. She remained in Hollywood, playing long-suffering, prim, proper, ladylike types until 1953, when she broke her typecast mold by portraying a passionate adulteress in From Here to Eternity, a part for which she had fought. Kerr's range of roles broadened further after that, and she began to appear in British films again. In 1953, Kerr debuted on Broadway to great acclaim in Tea and Sympathy, later reprising her role in the play's 1956 screen version. That same year, she starred as an English governess sent to tutor the children of the King of Siam in one of the most popular films of her career, The King and I. Kerr retired from the screen in 1969, having received six Best Actress Oscar nominations without an award, although she did receive an honorary Oscar in 1994. She had been honored with a special BAFTA award three years earlier in Britain, and, in 1998, she was further honored in her native land with a Companion of the Order of the British Empire. Kerr, who graced the screen one last time in the The Assam Garden (1985), died of complications related to Parkinson's Disease in October 2007. She was 86.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Hatter's Castle (A.J. Cronin's Hatter's Castle)
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet The Chalk Garden
  • Ms. Madrigal
1998
No Score Yet Hold the Dream
  • Emma Harte
1986
No Score Yet The Assam Garden
  • Helen
1985
No Score Yet Reunion at Fairborough
  • Sally Wells
1985
No Score Yet A Woman of Substance
  • Emma Harte
1984
No Score Yet America at the Movies
  • Actor
1976
14% The Arrangement
  • Florence Anderson
1969
No Score Yet The Gypsy Moths
  • Elizabeth Brandon
1969
No Score Yet Prudence and the Pill
  • Prudence Hardcastle
1968
29% Casino Royale
  • Agent Mimi, Lady Fiona McTarry
1967
No Score Yet Eye of the Devil
  • Catherine de Montfaucon
1966
No Score Yet Marriage on the Rocks
  • Valerie Edwards
1965
71% The Night of the Iguana
  • Hannah Jelkes
1964
96% The Innocents
  • Miss Giddens
1961
No Score Yet The Naked Edge
  • Martha Radcliffe
1961
78% The Sundowners
  • Ida
1960
100% The Grass Is Greener
  • Lady Hilary Rhyall
1960
No Score Yet Beloved Infidel
  • Sheilah Graham
1959
No Score Yet The Journey
  • Diana Ashmore
1959
77% Separate Tables
  • Sibyl Railton-Bell
1958
86% Bonjour Tristesse
  • Anne Larson
1958
No Score Yet Kiss Them for Me
  • Gwinneth Livingston
1957
62% An Affair to Remember
  • Terry McKay
1957
No Score Yet Tea and Sympathy
  • Laura Reynolds
1957
88% Heaven Knows Mr. Allison
  • Sister Angela
1957
96% The King and I
  • Anna Leonowens
1956
No Score Yet The End of the Affair
  • Sarah Miles
1954
92% From Here to Eternity
  • Karen Holmes
1953
95% Julius Caesar
  • Portia
1953
No Score Yet Young Bess
  • Catherine Parr
1953
No Score Yet Dream Wife
  • Effie
1953
No Score Yet The Prisoner of Zenda
  • Princess Flavia
1952
88% Quo Vadis?
  • Lygia
1951
92% King Solomon's Mines
  • Elizabeth Curtis
1950
No Score Yet Edward, My Son
  • Evelyn Boult
1949
100% Black Narcissus
  • Sister Clodagh
1947
No Score Yet I See a Dark Stranger (The Adventuress)
  • Birdie Quilty
1947
No Score Yet The Hucksters
  • Kay Dorrance
1947
No Score Yet If Winter Comes
  • Nona Tybar
1947
No Score Yet Vacation from Marriage
  • Catherine Wilson
1945
96% The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp
  • Barbara Wynne/Edith Hunter/Johnny Cannon
1943
No Score Yet The Day Will Dawn
  • Kari Alstad
1942
No Score Yet Love on the Dole
  • Sally
1941
86% Major Barbara
  • Jenny Hill
1941
No Score Yet Courageous Mr. Penn
  • Guglielma Springelt
1941
100% Contraband
  • Bit Part (uncredited)
1940

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