Kerr, Deborah

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Deborah Kerr
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Kerr, Deborah Gender: F
Kerr-Trimmer, Deborah Jane
born on 30 September 1921 at 07:40 (= 07:40 AM )
Place Helensburg, Scotland, 56n01, 4w44
Timezone GDT h1e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 06°33' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 19°33 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 09°06'


Scottish-American actress, nominated six times for an Academy Award in leading roles including "From Here To Eternity," "Beloved Infidel," "Dream Wife," "An Affair To Remember," "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" and "The King and I." She co-starred with Cary Grant in "An Affair To Remember,"1957, which became a classic.

Kerr was the daughter of a military Captain and was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. Training as a ballet dancer from youth, she made her ballet debut in 1938 then switched to acting, performing at the Open Air Theatre in London and with the Oxford Repertory in 1939-1940. The following year she made her film debut in "Major Barbara." Her first appearance on the West End stage was in "Heartbreak House" in 1943. Success in British films continued with "The Death of Colonel Blimp," 1943 and "Black Narcissus," 1947 which brought her a Hollywood contract. Her publicity slogan began as "Deborah Kerr- it rhymes with star!"

Called a "rare piece of fragile porcelain" by MGM, Kerr was often cast in well-bred, lady-like roles of governesses and nuns. Bored with her righteous image, she strayed magnificently in her performance of a philandering alco-nymphomaniac wife in the film "From Here To Eternity" in 1953. Returning to propriety, Kerr became a household name as missionary schoolteacher Anna Leonowens in the film "The King and I" in 1956 starring opposite Yul Brynner.

Kerr retired from the screen in 1969, returning to the theater in the '70s and back to film in "The Assam Garden," 1985. She received an honorary Academy Award in 1994 for Lifetime Achievement.

Kerr's marriage to Royal Air Force pilot Tony Bartley in 1945 ended in divorce 14 years later. They had two daughters, Melanie, born 1948 and Francesca in 1952 , who has given Kerr three grandsons. She made a second marriage to novelist Peter Viertel in 1960, a writer who is also proud of his cooking. They are a couple who are comfortable with each other. After retiring, she took up painting at her home in Klosters, Switzerland. "I'm sort of a Grandma Moses of the mountains. Would you believe I've had my pictures stolen? I've never felt so important in my life! They were fools. They left a Picasso drawing and took mine!" The couple maintained a second home in Marbella, Spain.

The elegant and talented actress died in Suffolk, England on October 16, 2007. She was 86 and had suffered from Parkinson’s disease.

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  • Work : New Career 1938 (Debut as a ballerina)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1957 (Film, "An Affair To Remember")
  • Social : Joined group 1939 (Performed with Oxford Repertory)
  • Social : Left group 1940 (Oxford Repertory)
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1943 (Play, "Heartbreak House")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1943 (Film, "The Death of Colonel Blimp")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1947 (Film, "Black Narcissus")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1956 (Film, "The King and I")
  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1985 (Film, "The Assam Garden")
  • Work : Retired 1969 (Retired from the screen)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1945 (First marriage, Tony Bartley)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1948 (Daughter born)
  • Family : Change in family responsibilities 1952 (Daughter born)
  • Relationship : Marriage 1960 (Second marriage, Peter Viertel)
  • Death by Disease 16 October 2007 (Parkinson's disease, age 86, in Suffolk, England)
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Source Notes

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  • Vocation : Entertainment : Actor/ Actress (Film, vocalist)
  • Vocation : Entertainment : Live Stage (Legitimate theater)
  • Lifestyle : Home : Expatriate (Homes internationally)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Dancer/ Teacher (Ballerina when young)
  • Notable : Book Collection : Profiles Of Women
  • Traits : Personality : Gracious/ sociable (Lovely, sweet lady)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Marriages (Two)
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession
  • Lifestyle : Work : Work in team/ Tandem (Dance and theatre companies)
  • Notable : Awards : Oscar (Lifetime Achievement, six other nominations)
  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids 1-3 (Two daughters)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage - Compatible (Comfortable with second husband)
  • Lifestyle : Social Life : Hobbies, games (Painting)
  • Family : Relationship : Marriage more than 15 Yrs (Second marriage)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Alzheimer's/Senility ("For some time" in 2000)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (86)
  • Personal : Death : Illness/ Disease (Parkinson's disease)
  • Diagnoses : Major Diseases : Parkinson's