Deborah Kerr

Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921, she was the daughter of a soldier who had been gassed in World War I. A shy, insecure child, she found an outlet for expressing her feelings in acting. Her aunt, a radio star, got her some stage work when she was a teenager, and she came to the attention of British film producer Gabriel Pascal, who cast her in his film of George Bernard Shaw's "Major Barbara" (Major Barbara (1941)) and Love on the Dole (1941). She quickly became a star of the British cinema, playing such diverse roles as the three women in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943) and the nun in Black Narcissus (1947). In 1947 she "crossed the pond" and came to MGM, where she found success in films like The Hucksters (1947), Edward, My Son (1949) and Quo Vadis (1951). After a while, however, she tired of playing prim-and-proper English ladies, so she made the most of the role of the adulteress who romps on the beach with Burt Lancaster in From Here to Eternity (1953). The film was a success, and Kerr received her second Oscar nomination. She also achieved success on the Broadway stage in "Tea and Sympathy," reprising her role in the 1956 film version (Tea and Sympathy (1956)). That same year she played one of her best-remembered screen roles, "Mrs. Anna" in The King and I (1956). More success followed in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), An Affair to Remember (1957), Separate Tables (1958), The Sundowners (1960), The Innocents (1961) and The Night of ...

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Casino Royale (1967)

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

Sir James Bond is called back out of retirement to stop SMERSH. In order to trick SMERSH, James thinks up the ultimate plan - that every agent will be named 'James Bond'. One of the Bonds, whose real name is Evelyn Tremble is sent to take on Le Chiffre in a game of ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston  •  Joseph McGrath  •  Ken Hughes  •  Val Guest  •  Robert Parrish
CAST:  David Niven  •  Peter Sellers  •  Ursula Andress  •  Orson Welles

An Affair to Remember (1957)

RomanticClassicEnjoyableTear-jerker

Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leo McCarey
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Richard Denning  •  Neva Patterson

Nickie Ferrante's return to New York to marry a rich heiress is well publicized as are his many antics and affairs. He meets a nightclub singer Terry McKay who is also on her way home to her longtime boyfriend. She sees him as just another playboy and he sees her ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Leo McCarey
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Richard Denning  •  Neva Patterson

Black Narcissus (1947)

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A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Farrar  •  Flora Robson  •  Kathleen Byron

A group of Anglican nuns, led by Sister Clodagh, are sent to a mountain in the Himalayas. The climate in the region is hostile and the nuns are housed in an odd old palace. They work to establish a school and a hospital, but slowly their focus shifts. Sister Ruth ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Farrar  •  Flora Robson  •  Kathleen Byron

Eye of the Devil (1967)

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Sharon Tate  •  David Hemmings

A French nobleman deserts his wife because of an ancient family secret.  (more)

DIRECTION:  J. Lee Thompson
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Sharon Tate  •  David Hemmings

From Here to Eternity (1953)

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Donna Reed

In 1941 Hawaii, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second in command are falling in love.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Burt Lancaster  •  Montgomery Clift  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Donna Reed

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum

In 1944, in South Pacific, the castaway Marine Corporal Allison drifts in a raft to the Tuasiva Island, where he meets Sister Angela. She tells him that she is the only person in the island and was left behind by the runaway boat to Fiji Island while seeking the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Huston
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum

Major Barbara (1941)

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Wendy Hiller  •  Rex Harrison  •  Robert Morley  •  Robert Newton

A young and idealistic woman, who has adopted the Salvation Army and whose father is an armament industrialist, will save more souls directing her father's business. A comedy with social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gabriel Pascal
CAST:  Wendy Hiller  •  Rex Harrison  •  Robert Morley  •  Robert Newton

Quo Vadis (1951)

EpicPowerfulBrilliantClassic

Set against the back drop of Rome in crisis, General Marcus Vinicius returns to the city from the battle fields and falls in love with a Christian woman, Lygia. Caught in the grip of insanity, Nero's atrocities become more extreme and he burns Rome, laying the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy  •  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Leo Genn  •  Peter Ustinov

Set against the back drop of Rome in crisis, General Marcus Vinicius returns to the city from the battle fields and falls in love with a Christian woman, Lygia. Caught in the grip of insanity, Nero's atrocities become more extreme and he burns Rome, laying the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mervyn LeRoy  •  Anthony Mann
CAST:  Robert Taylor  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Leo Genn  •  Peter Ustinov

The Grass Is Greener (1960)

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Jean Simmons

Victor and Hillary are down on their luck to the point that they allow tourists to take guided tours of their castle. But Charles Delacro, a millionaire oil tycoon, visits, and takes a liking to more than the house. Soon, Hattie Durant gets involved and they have a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Donen
CAST:  Cary Grant  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Jean Simmons

The Innocents (1961)

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Clayton
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Peter Wyngarde  •  Megs Jenkins  •  Michael Redgrave

A young governess for two children becomes convinced that the house and grounds are haunted.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Clayton
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Peter Wyngarde  •  Megs Jenkins  •  Michael Redgrave

The King and I (1956)

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Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the King have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Yul Brynner  •  Rita Moreno  •  Martin Benson

Widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam. Anna and the King have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Walter Lang
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Yul Brynner  •  Rita Moreno  •  Martin Benson

The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)

General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Roger Livesey  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Adolf Wohlbrück  •  Roland Culver

General Candy, who's overseeing an English squad in 1943, is a veteran leader who doesn't have the respect of the men he's training and is considered out-of-touch with what's needed to win the war. But it wasn't always this way. Flashing back to his early career in ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Powell  •  Emeric Pressburger
CAST:  Roger Livesey  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Adolf Wohlbrück  •  Roland Culver

The Sundowners (1960)

In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family--Paddy, Ida and their teenage son Sean--are sheep drovers, always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Glynis Johns

In the Australian Outback, the Carmody family--Paddy, Ida and their teenage son Sean--are sheep drovers, always on the move. Ida and Sean want to settle down and buy a farm. Paddy wants to keep moving. A sheep-shearing contest, the birth of a child, drinking, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred Zinnemann
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Mitchum  •  Peter Ustinov  •  Glynis Johns

Edward, My Son (1949)

Following the death of his only son, a ruthless businessman reflects on his life, his unhappy marriage and his questionable parenting skills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Ian Hunter  •  James Donald

Following the death of his only son, a ruthless businessman reflects on his life, his unhappy marriage and his questionable parenting skills.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Cukor
CAST:  Spencer Tracy  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Ian Hunter  •  James Donald

Young Bess (1953)

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Stewart Granger  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Charles Laughton

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Sidney
CAST:  Jean Simmons  •  Stewart Granger  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Charles Laughton

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father, Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Jean Seberg  •  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Mylène Demongeot

Cecile is a decadent young girl who lives with her rich playboy father, Raymond. When Anne, Raymond's old love interest, comes to Raymond's villa, Cecile is afraid for her way of life.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Otto Preminger
CAST:  Jean Seberg  •  Deborah Kerr  •  David Niven  •  Mylène Demongeot

Perfect Strangers (1945)

After World War II service changes them, a married couple dread their postwar reunion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Korda
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Glynis Johns  •  Ann Todd

After World War II service changes them, a married couple dread their postwar reunion.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alexander Korda
CAST:  Robert Donat  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Glynis Johns  •  Ann Todd

The Hucksters (1947)

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Sydney Greenstreet  •  Adolphe Menjou

A World War II veteran wants to return to advertising on his own terms, but finds it difficult to be successful and maintain his integrity.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Conway
CAST:  Clark Gable  •  Deborah Kerr  •  Sydney Greenstreet  •  Adolphe Menjou

The Chalk Garden (1964)

A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week! When an applicant with a mysterious past manages to get the job, Laurel vows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Hayley Mills  •  John Mills  •  Edith Evans

A grandmother seeks a governess for her 16 year old granddaughter, Laurel, who manages to drive away each and every one so far by exposing their past, with a record of three in one week! When an applicant with a mysterious past manages to get the job, Laurel vows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ronald Neame
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Hayley Mills  •  John Mills  •  Edith Evans

Please Believe Me (1950)

A woman in London unexpectedly inherits a Texas ranching fortune, and takes a transatlantic voyage to collect her fortune, not suspecting two men aboard both plan on winning her hand before she reaches America. One is a gambler interested in her money, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Taurog
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Walker  •  Mark Stevens  •  Peter Lawford

A woman in London unexpectedly inherits a Texas ranching fortune, and takes a transatlantic voyage to collect her fortune, not suspecting two men aboard both plan on winning her hand before she reaches America. One is a gambler interested in her money, and the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Norman Taurog
CAST:  Deborah Kerr  •  Robert Walker  •  Mark Stevens  •  Peter Lawford
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