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Actress, Singer

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)
Nationality: Canadian
Claim to Fame: Three Smart Girls

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In 1941, Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini published an open letter to Durbin in his official newspaper, "Il Popolo", asking her to intercede with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on behalf of American youth to dissuade him from becoming involved in Word War II. She didn`t.

 

She was Holocaust victim Anne Frank`s favorite movie star. There are two pictures of Durbin on Anne`s "Movie Wall" in the secret annex in Amsterdam where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.

For the Love of Mary

For the Love of Mary (1948)

Young girl gets a job at the White House as a switchboard operator and gets mixed up in politics.

Up in Central Park
I'll Be Yours
Something in the Wind
Because of Him
 

"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."

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khellar - she could dance like nobody's business (3 years ago)
ziegfeldgirl1941 - Lovely! Deanna was cute but sort of awkward when she first started out but she grew up to be so beautiful! So talented and has a wonderful voice! If you don`t have a cd of her singing, I highly suggest it. I do and it is great fun! (5 years ago)
Marge Avants - Hi Deanna: I have admired you since the 40`s. You were always my ideal. In fact I even had an appointment with Andre DiSegrola for a tryout. My goal was to be able to sing just like you. However I went into dancing and now I am teaching tap. Thanks for the memories. (6 years ago)

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