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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 The King and I

The King and I

1956 G

This musical masterpiece tells the true story of Englishwoman Anna Leonowens (Deborah Kerr), who comes to Siam as a teacher to the royal court in the 1860s and finds herself at odds with the stubborn monarch (Yul Brynner). Brynner's Academy Award-winning performance and the unforgettable Rodgers and Hammerstein score, including the songs "Hello, Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance?" and "Getting to Know You," give this film its enduring charm.

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