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Deanna Durbin

Biography

Actress and vocalist who also many remember on her behalf functions in musicals want Three Smart Ladies and Can’t Help Performing. When she was 17 she received an Academy Juvenile Award. Her parents acknowledged her vocal skill in early stages and started sending her to some vocal trainer at age group 10. She auditioned for the tone of voice of Snow White colored in Show White colored as well as the Seven Dwarves, but her tone of voice was deemed as well mature-sounding by Walt Disney. She was wedded to Charles David for 48 years. She distributed a particular Academy Juvenille Honor with Mickey Rooney in 1938.

Quick Facts


Full Name Deanna Durbin
Date Of Birth December 4, 1921
Died April 20, 2013, Neauphle-le-Château, France
Place Of Birth Winnipeg, Canada
Profession Movie Actress
Nationality Canadian, American
Spouse Charles David, Felix Jackson, Vaughn Paul
Children Jessica Louise Jackson, Peter David
Parents James Allen Durbin, Ada Durbin
Siblings Edith
Awards Academy Juvenile Award
Movies Three Smart Girls, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Lady on a Train, It Started with Eve, Christmas Holiday, First Love, Mad About Music, His Butler's Sister, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, Every Sunday, Spring Parade, That Certain Age, It's a Date, Nice Girl?, The Amazing Mrs. Holliday, Can't Help Singing, For the Love of Mary, Something in the Wind, Hers to Hold, Because of Him, I'll Be Yours, Up in Central Park, Show Business at War, Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1930s, Love Is All
Star Sign Sagittarius

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#Fact
1She was cremated.
2Retired to France.
3As a young girl, she broke her left arm and it didn't heal very well, so she wasn't able to extend it as far as her right arm.
4Son, Peter David born on June 20, 1951.
5When the reign of Universal's founder Carl Laemmle ended abruptly in the Spring of 1936, the new studio head, Charles R. Rogers quickly signed the 15-year old when producer Joe Pasternak told him her MGM contract had expired. Deanna rapidly became 'New Universal's' biggest star. She literally single-handedly saved the studio from bankruptcy in the last years of the 1930s.
6Salary for 1939, $195,000.
7In Italy, all her films were dubbed by either Rosetta Calavetta or Lidia Simoneschi.
8She was Prime Minister Winston Churchill's favorite movie star. He reportedly insisted that he be permitted to screen her films privately before they were released to the public in Britain, and would often screen her film One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937) to celebrate British victories during World War II. He considered her "a formidable talent."
9In 1941, Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini published an open letter to Durbin in his official newspaper, "Il Popolo", asking her to intercede with President Franklin D. Roosevelt on behalf of American youth to dissuade him from becoming involved in Word War II. She didn't.
10She was Holocaust victim Anne Frank's favorite movie star. There are two pictures of Durbin on Anne's "Movie Wall" in the secret annex in Amsterdam where Frank and her family hid from the Nazis.
11She was the number one female box office star in Britain for the years 1939- 1942 inclusive. She was so popular that in 1942 a seven day "Deanna Durbin Festival" was held during which her films were screened exclusively on the Odeon Theatre Circuit throughout Britain, a feat that has never been duplicated for any other star. According to reports from the BBC over the past three decades, it receives more requests from the public for Durbin's films and recordings, than for those of any other star of Hollywood's Golden Age.
12She was sought for the female leads of the original Broadway productions of both Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II's "Oklahoma!" (1943) and Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe's "My Fair Lady" (1956). Universal refused to loan her for Oklahoma! and she turned down the lead in My Fair Lady (after Lerner personally came to her home to audition the songs for her) because, as she said later, "I had my ticket for Paris in my pocket."
13In 1980, she submitted a recent photo of herself to Life Magazine in order to silence rumors she was overweight
14Daughter, Jessica Louise Jackson, born on February 7, 1946.
15Has an older sister, Edith, a teacher.
16Tried for the voice of Snow White in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) but Disney himself rejected her, claiming she sounded "too mature." She was 14 at the time.
17Universal Pictures top star in the 1940s where she was paid $400,000 per film. She is reported as the star who saved the company.
18Deanna Durbin dolls existed along with many other types of merchandising in the 1940s.
19By twenty-one, she was the highest-paid woman in the United States and highest-paid female film star in the World.
20She was an option to perform as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but the role ultimately went to Judy Garland.


Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Because of Him1946performer: "Lover", "Danny Boy", "Good Bye!"
Can't Help Singing1944"CAN'T HELP SINGING" / performer: "CAN'T HELP SINGING", "ANY MOMENT NOW", "MORE AND MORE", "CALIFORN-I-AY"
Christmas Holiday1944performer: "Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year", "Always Reprise", "Always"
The Shining Future1944Short performer: "Begin the Beguine" - uncredited
His Butler's Sister1943performer: "In the Spirit of the Moment", "When You're Away" uncredited, "Medley of Russian Songs" uncredited, "None Shall Sleep Nessun Dorma" uncredited
Hers to Hold1943performer: "The Seguidilla" uncredited, "Begin the Beguine", "Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There", "Kashmiri Love Song" uncredited, "Say a Prayer for the Boys Over There Reprise"
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday1943performer: "The Old Refrain", "Mighty Lak' a Rose", "Rock-a-bye Baby", "Visi d'Arte" - uncredited
It Started with Eve1941performer: "When I Sing", "Clavelitos", "Goin' Home", "Piano Concerto No. 1" - uncredited
Nice Girl?1941"Beneath the Lights of Home" / performer: "Perhaps", "The Old Folks at Home", "Love at Last", "Beneath the Lights of Home", "Thank You America", "There'll Always Be An England"
Spring Parade1940performer: "Waltzing in the Clouds", "It's Foolish But It's Fun", "When April Sings", "Blue Danube Dream" uncredited
It's a Date1940performer: "Love is All" 1940, "The Bonnie Banks O' Loch Lomond" uncredited, "Musetta's Waltz from 'La bohème'" 1896 uncredited, "Ave Maria Op.52 No.1" 1825 uncredited, "Loch Lomond" uncredited
First Love1939performer: "Amapola Pretty Little Poppy", "Un bel di One Fine Day", "Home, Sweet, Home", "Spring in My Heart"
That Certain Age1938performer: "My Own", "Les Filles de Cadiz" uncredited, "Aria from 'Romeo et Juliette'" uncredited
Mad About Music1938performer: "A Serenade to the Stars", "Chapel Bells", "I Love to Whistle", "Ave Maria" uncredited, "I Love to Whistle Reprise" uncredited, "A Serenade to the Stars Reprise" uncredited
One Hundred Men and a Girl1937performer: "It's Raining Sunbeams" 1937, "A Heart That's Free" 1936 uncredited, "Alleluja: from the motet 'Exultate, jubilate' K.165" 1773, "Libiamo ne' lieti calici Drinking Song: from 'La traviata'" 1853
Three Smart Girls1936"Someone to Care for Me" 1936, uncredited / performer: "My Heart Is Singing" 1936, "Il bacio" 1860 - uncredited
Every Sunday1936Short "Americana" / performer: "Il Bacio"
Danny Boy: The Ballad That Bewitched the World2013TV Movie documentary performer: "Danny Boy" - uncredited
Capitalism: A Love Story2009Documentary performer: "The Last Rose Of Summer"
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1940s: Stars, Stripes and Singing2009Video documentary performer: "A Friend Indeed" - uncredited
Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis2006Documentary performer: "Amapola"
That's Entertainment!1974performer: "Americana" 1936 - uncredited
Up in Central Park1948performer: "Oh Say, Can You See What I See", "Carousel in the Park", "Pace, Pace Mio Dio" - uncredited
Something in the Wind1947performer: "You Wanna Keep Your Baby Looking Right", "The Turntable Song", "Happy Go Lucky and Free", "It's Only Love", "Something in the Wind", "Miserere" uncredited
I'll Be Yours1947performer: "Cobbleskill School Song" uncredited, "Granada", "It's Dream Time", "Love's Own Sweet Song Sari Waltz"

Actress

Actress

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For the Love of Mary1948Mary Peppertree
Up in Central Park1948Rosie Moore
Something in the Wind1947Mary Collins
I'll Be Yours1947Louise Ginglebusher
Because of Him1946Kim Walker
Lady on a Train1945Nikki Collins Margo Martin
Can't Help Singing1944Caroline Frost
Christmas Holiday1944Jackie Lamont / Abigail Martin
The Shining Future1944ShortDeanna Durbin
His Butler's Sister1943Ann Carter
Hers to Hold1943Penny Craig
The Amazing Mrs. Holliday1943Ruth Kirke Holliday
It Started with Eve1941Anne Terry
Nice Girl?1941Jane Dana
Spring Parade1940Ilonka Tolnay
It's a Date1940Pamela Drake
First Love1939Constance Harding
Three Smart Girls Grow Up1939Penny Craig
That Certain Age1938Alice Fullerton
Mad About Music1938Gloria Harkinson
One Hundred Men and a Girl1937Patricia Cardwell
Three Smart Girls1936'Penny'
Every Sunday1936ShortEdna

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Edición Especial Coleccionista2013TV Series in memory of - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Show-Business at War1943Documentary shortHerself
For Auld Lang Syne1939Documentary shortHerself
Screen Snapshots Series 17, No. 91938Short documentaryHerself - Oscar Winner

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 86th Annual Academy Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Actress (In Memoriam)
The EE British Academy Film Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - Memorial Tribute
20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2014TV SpecialHerself - In Memoriam
Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History - The 1930s: Dancing Away the Great Depression2009Video documentaryHerself
Cinema's Exiles: From Hitler to Hollywood2009TV Movie documentaryHerself
Marlene Dietrich: Her Own Song2001DocumentaryHerself (uncredited)
Love Is All2000ShortSnowqueen
Biography1997TV Series documentaryHerself
Great Performances1993TV SeriesPatsy Cardwell
Entertaining the Troops1988DocumentaryHerself
Hollywood's Children1982TV Movie documentaryHerself
That's Entertainment!1974Clip from 'Every Sunday'
NET Festival1970TV Series documentaryPatricia Cardwell
Christmas Hymns1954Short
Gems of Song1949ShortVocalist
The Cavalcade of Academy Awards from 1928-19391940Documentary short

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1960Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameMotion PictureOn 8 February 1960. At 1724 Vine Street.
1939Juvenile AwardAcademy Awards, USA· Mickey Rooney

TitleSalary
It Started with Eve (1941)$400,000

#Quote
1[in 1959, reflecting on her career] Just as Hollywood pin-up represents sex to dissatisfied erotics, so I represented the ideal daughter millions of fathers and mothers wished they had.
2I couldn't go on forever being Little Miss Fixit who burst into song.


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