From Here To Eternity, to waltzing with Yul Brynner in The King and I, to generating laughs with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin in Marriage on the Rocks, this leading lady led an exciting life. Today I am remembering Deborah Kerr.
Of Scottish descent, her last name, Kerr, is pronounced "car". It was mispronounced so often that MGM Studios began billing her as, "Kerr rhymes with star!"
Deborah Kerr was married twice. Her first marriage was to Royal Air Force Squadron Leader Anthony Bartley. This marriage lasted 14 years. Her second marriage was to author Peter Viertel and this union lasted until her death in 2007. Coincidentally, just 3 weeks after Deborah died, a victim of Parkinson's Disease, her husband Peter died, as well, from his bout with Cancer.
There were rumors of off-screen romances between Deborah and both Burt Lancaster and Stewart Granger, although there are no facts to corroborate either of the actor's claims.
If you haven't yet had the opportunity to see one of Deborah Kerr's fabulous movies, I would suggest you start with my favorite, The King and I, pictured here.
And to read more about this fascinating actress, I am offering at FleaPirates Plunder the following vintage issue of Architectural Digest December 1979 which highlights a visit and interview with Deborah Kerr.