Family Life

Articles about Deborah's family life: Her youth, her marriages, her children and her passing.

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    Deborah Kerr choses freedom

    Translated from Spanish article from Fotogramas magazine – Feb. 12th 1960 For Deborah Kerr, 1960 marks the beginning of a new stage in her life. She will stay in London for about six months before making a final move to Switzerland. This summer, the actress will wed Peter Viertel, a writer. She’s made the decision to experience life in a different way and change her attitude toward her work. Deborah has returned to London from Australia where she just finished filming “The Sundowners”. We met with her in her flat in London-Square, Knightsbridge. In a room with high ceilings in which we talked about the past, the present and the…

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    Unknown magazine – Clippings series (Incomplete)

    Unknown magazine. 60’s. Part of the “clippings series”: Articles of which I only have found random pages and are incomplete. DEBORAH KERR, like Ingrid Bergman before her, won a place in the heart of the public as a ladylike, regal human being who would never in the world violate an Emily Post dictate, let alone one of the commandments. This star won this place by virtue of the movie roles which were given to her-nuns, society matrons, teachers. She always seemed above reproach in the movies. And the public accepted this image of the woman. Now there is growing disillusionment with Deborah, who is actually an attractive, statuesque, lady-like actress who has recently found herself bogged down in a marital scandal that, considering the real…

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    Confessions of a Saint and Sinner

    Movie Life – Somewhere in the 50’s. The saint or sinner question about Deborah Kerr was first raised when stories of her discovery conflicted. One account of her first meeting with Gabriel Pascal, who put her before her first movie audience in Major Barbara, has him saying, “You have a spiritual face-like a lovely Virgin!” The other has him exclaiming, “That hairdo! You look like a fallen woman!” A succession of sweet-and-pure parts — on both sides of the Atlantic — soon settled the matter for her growing public. She is, they figured, a saint. But one day a revolution struck. Deborah’s necking scenes in “From Here to Eternity” had a…

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    Kerr as in Star (Incomplete)

    Part of the “clippings series”: Articles of which I only have found random pages and are incomplete. [First page is missing] […] aristocratic features are dotfed with a hint of California freckles. When Clark Gable was originally introduced to her some months ago, he looked twice. He couldn’t believe her beauty the first time. “The most arresting thing about her,” he says, “is her constantly chang.ing ex­pression.” This, in part, is due to her great acting ability, an ability so apparent in her Brit­ish movies that American producers have been falling over themselves for the past two years in the rush to sign her. This year, M-G-M finally won the battle…

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    Tribute to a Hollywood mum

    By Mark Beaumont – October 26th, 2007: Bury Free Press She was a Hollywood legend to many, immortalised after roles in The King and I and her clinch in the surf with Burt Lancaster in From Here To Eternity, but to one Wattisfield woman, Golden Globe Award-winning actress Deborah Kerr was also known as mum. She had two daughters, Melanie Bartley and Francesca Shrapnel, and spent her last two years living close to Francesca’s Wattisfield home. “I always loved her in The Sundowners with Robert Mitchum. That was a great favourite of hers,” said Francesca. “She was just wonderful. She had already had five Academy nominations and she thought if she…

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    British Film Institute Display (2010)

    I’ve just realised that I never actually shared my pictures from the BFI retrospective on Deborah back in 2010. I was lucky enough to be able to fly to London and watch An Affair to Remember and The King and I on the big screen. Oh what a joy that was! Then, I could snap a few low quality pictures of the display they set up about Deborah. I am not a very good photographer, I’m afraid. But there were some personal items there that I can’t believe I forgot to share! Here you go:

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    Deborah models the 1942 utility dress.

    Vintage  fashion and beauty archive “Glamour Daze” found this article from 1942 in which a very young Deborah models the “utility dress” for the UK women. I’ve included the pictures here but you should visit their website for the whole article. It’s an interesting read.