Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Happy Birthday Deborah Kerr

It's the amazing actress Deborah Kerr's birthday and to celebrate the life of such a wonderful lady here are 5 things you may or may not have known about her.

1. Her surname is pronounced "car", not "kerr".

2. When she was a young girl, she had a strict "Victorian" grandmother who made her lie on her back, on the floor, for long periods of time, in order to "straighten her back" and ensure good posture.

3. Joan Crawford was originally meant to play her role in From Here to Eternity, but when she insisted on shooting the film with her own cameraman, the studio balked. They decided to take a chance and cast Ms. Kerr, who then was struggling with her ladylike stereotype, to play the adulterous military wife who has an affair with Burt Lancaster. The casting worked and Ms. Kerr's career thereafter enjoyed a new, sexier versatility.

4. Originally when filming began on Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, her co-star Robert Mitchum worried that Kerr would be like the prim characters she frequently played. However, after she swore at director John Huston during one take, Mitchum, who was in the water, almost drowned laughing. The two stars went on to have an enduring friendship which lasted until Mitchum's death in 1997.

5. Deborah Kerr, her husband Peter Viertel and her biographer Eric Braun all died within the space of five weeks in the fall of 2007. All were aged 86.

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