Deborah Kerr: A Biography

Overview

Blessed with a natural beauty, Scotland-born actress Deborah Kerr (1921-2007) provided the cinema with memorable studies of English gentility. A star in British pictures before she was 21 and a Hollywood fixture from 1946 on, she projected a cool reserve and stoic nobility, often hinting at passion and insecurity beneath the surface. Frequently portraying selfless, sympathetic women, she was brilliant in such roles as Anna Leonowens in The King and I (1956). And in a fascinating departure from her normal range, ...

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Overview

Blessed with a natural beauty, Scotland-born actress Deborah Kerr (1921-2007) provided the cinema with memorable studies of English gentility. A star in British pictures before she was 21 and a Hollywood fixture from 1946 on, she projected a cool reserve and stoic nobility, often hinting at passion and insecurity beneath the surface. Frequently portraying selfless, sympathetic women, she was brilliant in such roles as Anna Leonowens in The King and I (1956). And in a fascinating departure from her normal range, her portrayal of the sexually frustrated Army wife in From Here to Eternity (1953) resulted in the screen's most famous "clinch"—the beach scene with Burt Lancaster. Though she never won an Academy Award despite six nominations, Deborah Kerr received an honorary Oscar in 1994.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786458820
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 828,575
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Michelangelo Capua is a correspondent for an Italian film magazine and the author of several McFarland biographies of Hollywood film stars. He lives in London.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1

1 A Lonely Childhood 3

2 Stage and Screen Debuts 11

3 A Time of Love and War 20

4 The Dream Factory 40

5 Hollywood's Most Elegant Redhead 54

6 A Turning Point to Eternity 68

7 The King and I 82

8 Bob, Cary & Niv 95

9 Peter Viertel: A Love Affair to Remember 113

10 The Sundowners 123

11 Iguana 137

12 Memorable Years, Not So Memorable Roles 145

13 Stage Comeback 156

14 A Gentle Fadeout 164

Filmography 175

Television Appearances 187

Stage Appearances 189

Radio Programs 193

Chapter Notes 195

Bibliography 203

Index 211

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