Deanna Durbin (born Edna Mae Durbin; December 4, 1921 – c. April 20, 2013) was an American singer and actress, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, her singing voice being variously described as being light but full, sweet and unaffected. With the technical...Wikipedia
Age: 91 (age at death)
Born: 4th December, 1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Died: 30th April, 2013, Neauphle-le-Chateau, Yvelines, France
Height: 5' 1" (155 cm)
Claim to Fame: Three Smart Girls
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She was the number one female box office star in Britain for the years 1939- 1942 inclusive. She was so popular that in 1942 a seven day "Deanna Durbin Festival" was held during which her films were screened exclusively on the Odeon Theatre Circuit throughout Britain, a feat that has never been duplicated for any other star. According to reports from the BBC over the past three decades, it receives more requests from the public for Durbin`s films and recordings, than for those of any other star of Hollywood`s Golden Age.
She was sought for the female leads of the original Broadway productions of both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II`s "Oklahoma!" (1943) and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe`s "My Fair Lady" (1956). Universal refused to loan her for Oklahoma! and she turned down the lead in My Fair Lady (after Lerner personally came to her home to audition the songs for her) because, as she said later, "I had my ticket for Paris in my pocket."
Deanna Durbin, who as a plucky child movie star with a sweet soprano voice charmed American audiences during the Depression and saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy before she vanished from public view 64 years ago, has died, a fan club announced on Tuesday. She was 91.
In a newsletter, the Deanna Durbin Society said Ms. Durbin died “a few days ago,” quoting her son, Peter H. David, who thanked her admirers for respecting her privacy. No other details were given.
Ms. Durbin had remained determinedly out of public view since 1949, when she retired to a... Read More
Posted by vlad1369 1 year ago
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LOS ANGELES – Kathryn Grayson, whose beauty and lilting soprano voice brightened such popular MGM musicals of the 1940s and 1950s as "Anchors Aweigh," "Show Boat" and "Kiss Me Kate," has died at age 88.
Grayson died Wednesday at her Los Angeles home, the actress` longtime secretary and companion, Sally Sherman, told The Associated Press.
"She just went to sleep and didn`t wake up," Sherman said Thursday.
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Posted by crown022002 4 years ago
Young girl gets a job at the White House as a switchboard operator and gets mixed up in politics.
"Just as Hollywood pin-up represents sex to dissatisfied erotics, so I represented the ideal daughter millions of fathers and mothers wished they had."
"I couldn`t go on forever being Little Miss Fixit who burst into song."