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.
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
She was cremated.
Retired to France.
As 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.
Son, Peter David born on June 20, 1951.
When 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.
She 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."
In 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.
She 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.
She 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.
She 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."
In 1980, she submitted a recent photo of herself to Life Magazine in order to silence rumors she was overweight
Daughter, Jessica Louise Jackson, born on February 7, 1946.