Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr
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Deborah Kerr
Film: West side of the 1700 block of Vine Street
Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer on Sept. 30, 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
Died Oct. 16, 2007 of Parkinson's related in Botesdale, United Kingdom

Deborah Kerr, the acclaimed British actress, had a versatile talent and refined screen persona that made her one of Hollywood's top leading ladies in the 1950s in films such as "From Here to Eternity," "The King and I" and "An Affair to Remember."

In a screen career that was launched in the early 1940s, Kerr received six Academy Award nominations as best actress for her roles in "Edward, My Son" (1949), "From Here to Eternity" (1953), "The King and I" (1956), "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison" (1957), "Separate Tables" (1958) and "The Sundowners" (1960).

Kerr received an honorary Oscar in 1994 for her body of work in films that also included "Tea and Sympathy," "Beloved Infidel" and "The Night of the Iguana." For many movie fans, particularly women, Kerr may be best remembered for what is considered one of the all-time great romantic tear-jerkers: "An Affair to Remember," the 1957 film about a shipboard romance, costarring Cary Grant.

Kerr's onscreen reputation for being chaste was memorably shattered in 1953 with "From Here to Eternity," in which she played an American Army officer's adulterous wife who has an affair with a sergeant played by Burt Lancaster.

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    Academy Awards

    Year Category Work
    1949 Best Actress Edward My Son Nomination
    1953 Best Actress From Here to Eternity Nomination
    1956 Best Actress The King and I Nomination
    1957 Best Actress Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Nomination
    1958 Best Actress Separate Tables Nomination
    1960 Best Actress The Sundowners Nomination
    1993 Honorary Award Win

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