The actress welcomes us to her house in Marbella, accompanied by her husband, the Austrian born script writter Peter Viertel to whom she got married on July 24th, 1964. Deborah is a sweet lady with a gentle humanty. Something you can see glowing in her face and through her tender stare, and is proven with her always ponderated words. A great lady who has displayed her British elegance around the world, receiveing the admiration of millions in return. A great satisfaction to which she now can add obtaining Hollywood’s most precious recognition.
– Do you feel this award compensates for all the waiting?
– We, the Spaniards, feel quite happy with the Oscar that “Belle Epoque” was awarded, but we are also delighted with yours…
– How long have you been living in Marbella and why did you choose this place?
– It’s been over twenty years – says Peter with a smile – We used to live in Switzerland, that’s where our kids were brought up. Deborah fell in love with Spain inmediately. We wanted a home to spend the summers at, and we found one in Biarritz. But one day we crossed over the border and met the wonderful people of this land, and we decided to stay.
– Our life in our little private paradise is quite easy – replies Deborah – One of my biggest pleasures in going for a walk with my three cats. I also enoy reading and watching the television. At the moment, I am not contemplating resuming my career at the movies, I am quite busy right now answering the hundreds of letters I am gtting from all the world over. Anyway, if I were offered a script that I felt interested in, I would naturally consider it.
The actress from “Bonjour Tristesse” is a happy woman in her Marbellan home, surrounded by pictures of her beloved daughters and grandchildren. She is cherished and cared of by her husband who is to her like “a guardian angel”. The actress, who was first married to English pilot Tony Bartley, and with whom she had two children, met Peter during the shooting of “The Journey” in Vienna. It was almost love at first sight and she knew she had found the man of her life.
– Are you still as much in love as the first day?
– Peter has to ravel a lot because of his work and I find his absences dreadful, but there is always the joy of his return, which compensates it all. I feel really proud of his success as a novelist and screen writer.
– Ours was a special relationship – Peter adds, – I have never been jealous of Deborah’s fame or her work. And she’s never been of mine. We have always felt proud of what th other accomplished. This is not easy to take when you are young, but we learned to deal with it.
– I have always been myself, that was my secret. When I left the studio, everything related to Deborah, the actress, was left behind those doors. I never mixed my profession with my personal life. When I got home, I was just a wife, a mother for my children.
– How would you like to be remembered by your fans?
– I’d love to be remembered as a good actress, but, above all, as a good human being. To be loved, one has to always keep in mind the others, think of all the other people with love.