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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
DEBORAH KERR IS DEAD AT 86

ETERNITY BECKONS
By Roger B. Harris
Published October 18 2007

  Deborah Kerr

Scottish-born Debroah Kerr has died at 86, according to The London Telegraph. Kerr, is quite possibly best-known to American audiences for her steamy beach scene with Burt Lancaster in the 1952 movie From Here to Eternity( Reportedly, membership in beach clubs jumped 64%, after the release of that movie).

Kerr started her career as a dancer with Sadler's Wells. Early on, she appeared on the British stage in G.B Shaw's Heartbreak House. Later in her career, her British stage appearances included parts in The Day After the Fair, Overheard and The Corn is Green. On television, she was in A Song at Twilight, Witness for the Prosecution the miniseries A Woman of Substance.

She appeared on the Broadway stage in Tea and Sympathy and Seascape.

Her film roles were numerous and well-received: Oscar nominations for The King and I, Edward, My Son, From Here to Eternity, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, The Sundowners and Separate Tables. She never won, but was given an honorary Oscar in 1993.

Other film roles included Tea and Sympathy, An Affair to Remember, The Chalk Garden, The Night of the Iguana, Major Barbara, Julius Caesar, Black Narcissus and Casino Royale. And, who will ever forget her in Quo Vadis, starring opposite Robert Taylor and Buddy Baer....rumor has it she tried to buy up all the prints of that movie...or are we confusing it with Paul Newman and The Silver Chalice.

Kerr is survived by her husband, Peter Viertel, and two daughters, Melanie and Francesca, from her marriage to Anthony Bartley.

 


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