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Deborah Kerr Biography

Birth Name:
Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer
Birth Place:
Helensburgh, Scotland
Profession
Actor

Fast Facts

  • Abandoned ballet dancing to focus on an acting career
  • Made her screen debut in a bit part in 1940's Contraband; first big breakout role was 1947's Black Narcissus
  • Perhaps best known for her iconic beach scene with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953)
  • Her singing role was famously dubbed by Marni Nixon in The King and I
  • Honored as a Commander of the British Empire in 1998

Awards

  • 1985Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Special: nominated
  • 1962BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: nominated
  • 1960New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1960Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1959Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1958Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama: nominated
  • 1958Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1958BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: nominated
  • 1957Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1957Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1957Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy: winner
  • 1957New York Film Critics Circle-Best Actress: winner
  • 1956Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1956BAFTA Film Awards-Best British Actress: nominated
  • 1953Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1950Golden Globe-Actress in a Leading Role: nominated
  • 1949Oscar-Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: nominated

Relationships

  • Phyllis Smale -- Aunt
  • Edmund "Teddy" Trimmer -- Brother
  • Francesca Ann Shrapnel -- Daughter
  • Melanie Jane Bartley -- Daughter
  • Anthony Bartley -- Ex-husband
  • Arthur Kerr-Trimmer -- Father
  • Peter Viertel -- Husband
  • Kathleen "Colleen" Trimmer -- Mother