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An award-winning actress whose surname was often mispronounced, Deborah Kerr (sounds like "car") was born in Helensburgh, Scotland, on Sept. 30, 1921. Although she trained as a ballerina, Kerr ultimately chose the theater and then went on to star in a series of Hollywood classics across the pond.

Her most memorable roles include a determined nun working to establish a school in the Himalayas in Black Narcissus (1947), an errant wife who finds romance on the sand in From Here to Eternity (1953) and a widowed schoolmarm in The King and I (1956), for which she won a Golden Globe Award. She also garnered an Emmy nomination for her work in "A Woman of Substance" (1984).

Kerr holds the record among leading actresses for the most consecutive Oscar nominations without a win -- six -- although she did eventually earn an honorary statuette in 1994. She died on Oct. 16, 2007, at the age of 86.

Deborah Kerr in From Here to Eternity

From Here to Eternity

1953 NR

This gripping adaptation of James Jones's novel about Army life in Hawaii in the idyllic days just before Dec. 7, 1941, follows the stories of three soldiers and the women who love them.

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  • Deborah Kerr in King Solomon's Mines King Solomon's Mines
  • Deborah Kerr in The King and I The King and I
  • Deborah Kerr in Casino Royale Casino Royale
  • Deborah Kerr in The Night of the Iguana The Night of the Iguana
  • Deborah Kerr in Quo Vadis Quo Vadis
  • Deborah Kerr in Julius Caesar Julius Caesar
  • Deborah Kerr in Marriage on the Rocks Marriage on the Rocks
  • Deborah Kerr in Black Narcissus Black Narcissus
  • Deborah Kerr in The Innocents The Innocents
  • Deborah Kerr in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
  • Deborah Kerr in Major Barbara Major Barbara
  • Deborah Kerr in The King and I: Bonus Material The King and I: Bonus Material
  • Deborah Kerr in The Arrangement The Arrangement
  • Deborah Kerr in A Woman of Substance A Woman of Substance
  • Deborah Kerr in Hold the Dream Hold the Dream
  • Deborah Kerr in The Noel Coward Collection The Noel Coward Collection