Creator: Deborah Kerr
Deborah Kerr (rhymes with "star", but this doesn't stop people in Britain saying it so it rhymes with the "err" sound in "ferry") was a Scottish-born actress who specialized in playing high-souled ladies of quality and one of Hollywood's favorite redheads from the 1940s through the 1960s. She's best known for From Here to Eternity (where she had [implied] sex on the beach with Burt Lancaster); An Affair to Remember (where she fell in love with Cary Grant); and The King and I. Her first leading role was the triple one of the three women loved by the title character of Michael Powell and Emmeric Pressburger's The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, but she really shot to stardom in Powell and Pressburger's Black Narcissus, about nuns who struggle with, er, "carnal desires" in a former harem in India.Kerr was the queen of Oscar snubs, as she was nominated six times and never won.She was a precursor to Meryl Streep, as she never gave a bad performance. One of Hollywood's most underrated stars.
Some films in which Deborah Kerr appeared include:
- George Bernard Shaw's Major Barbara (1941)
- Love on the Dole (1941)
- Penn of Pennsylvania (1942)
- Hatter's Castle (1942)
- A Battle for a Bottle (1942)
- The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
- Perfect Strangers (1945)
- I See a Dark Stranger (1946)
- Black Narcissus (1947)
- The Hucksters (1947)
- King Solomon's Mines (1950)
- Quo Vadis? (1951)
- The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
- Young Bess (1953)
- Julius Caesar (1953)
- From Here to Eternity (1953)
- The End of the Affair (1955)
- The King and I (1956)
- Tea and Sympathy (1956)
- Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
- An Affair to Remember (1957)
- Separate Tables (1958)
- Beloved Infidel (1959)
- The Sundowners (1960)
- The Innocents (1961)
- Award Snub: Six times she was nominated for an Oscar and never won. In the 90s they presented her with an honorary Oscar for her contribution to film.
- I Am Very British: Her voice was naturally this, which was probably the reason she did so many period movies.
- Playing Against Type: See Type Casting below for what her type was but From Here to Eternity had her playing a Fake American trophy wife unhappy in her marriage that has an affair with a Pearl Harbor soldier. Also The Innocents plays with her type as Miss Giddens is quite possibly going mad and has a questionable relationship with young Miles.
- Rapunzel Hair: Sported a lot of this in many of her period films - The Innocents, The King and I, King Solomon's Mines (at first anyway).
- Prim and Proper Bun: What it was usually up in considering the type of characters she played.
- Those Two Actors: She was the favorite leading lady of Robert Mitchum, who co-starred with her in four movies: Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), The Sundowners (1960), The Grass is Greener (1960), and Reunion at Fairborough (1985).
- Type Casting: Initially as the English Rose Proper Lady in her early films. She also played a lot of: