Deanna Durbin

Actress / Musician / Film Actress / Acting | * 12/04/1921 († 91, 04/20/2013) | Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Edna Mae Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 17, 2013), known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian-born actress and singer, later settled in France, who appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed many styles from popular standards to operatic arias. Durbin made her first film appearance with Judy Garland in Every Sunday (1936), and subsequently signed a contract with Universal Studios. Her success as the ideal teenaged daughter in films such as Three Smart Girls (1936) was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. In 1938, at the age of 17, Durbin was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award. As she matured, Durbin grew dissatisfied with the girl-next-door roles assigned to her, and attempted to portray a more womanly and sophisticated style. The film noir Christmas Holiday (1944) and the whodunit Lady on a Train (1945) were, however, not as well recei... ()
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The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business purposes, by age 21 she was the most highly paid female star in the world. Her major motion pictures were Three Smart Girls (1936), Mad About Music (1938) and That Certain Age (1938). By the time she was 18 her income was $250,000 a year. Her voice was often described as "natural and beautiful" and her version of "One Fine Day" from Madame Butterfly, became a classic. Deanna was a Hollywood star in every way. There were Deanna Durbin dolls and dresses. An engineering firm named its so-called dream home in her honor. Her first screen kiss was described in a headline story across the continent. What makes Deanna Durbin's story different is that she was never comfortable with adulation. When she was at the top of her career as Hollywood's leading actress and singer, she turned her back on that world for a life of seclusion. Her first two marriages had failed, and before she married her third husband, director Charles David, she set one condition: he had to promise that she could have what she yearned for - "the life of nobody". Her seclusion is incomplete. She lives in the French village of Neauphlé-le-Château, and for over 35 years has resisted every approach from film companies. Her husband has told journalists that "Mario Lanza pleaded with her for years to make a film with him. But she will never go back to that life." She granted only one interview since 1949 to film historian David Shipman in 1983.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Music | Romance / Love

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Awards & Nominations for Deanna Durbin

Academy Juvenile Award

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Movies with Deanna Durbin as Actress(29)

as Self (Archive Footage)2020 Hollywood’s Children
as Snowqueen (Singing Voice)1999 Love is All
as Clip from 'Every Sunday' (archive footage)1974 That's Entertainment!
as Rosie Moore1948 Up in Central Park
as Mary Peppertree1948 For the Love of Mary
as Louise Ginglebusher1947 I'll Be Yours
as Mary Collins1947 Something in the Wind
as Kim Walker1946 Because of Him
as Nikki Collins / Margo Martin1945 Lady on a Train
as Jackie Lamont / Abigail Martin1944 Christmas Holiday
as herself1944 The Shining Future
as Caroline Frost1944 Can't Help Singing
as Ruth Kirke Holliday1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
as herself1943 Show-Business at War
as Ann Carter1943 His Butler's Sister
as Penelope “Penny” Craig1943 Hers to Hold
as Anne Terry1941 It Started with Eve
as Jane 'Pinky' Dana1941 Nice Girl?
as Pamela Drake1940 It's a Date
as (archive footage)1940 Cavalcade of the Academy Awards
as Ilonka Tolnay1940 Spring Parade
as Constance (Connie) Harding1939 First Love
as Penny Craig1939 Three Smart Girls Grow Up
as Gloria Harkinson1938 Mad About Music
as Alice Fullerton1938 That Certain Age
as Patricia Cardwell1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl
as Penny Craig1936 Three Smart Girls
as Edna1936 Every Sunday

Full Name: Deanna Durbin
Citizenship: Canada
Born: Sunday, 12/04 1921 (December) in Winnipeg
Died: Saturday, 04/20 2013 (April) in Paris (aged: 91)
Zodiac sign: Sagittarius (Chinese zodiac sign: Rooster)
Languages: English (EN), French (FR)
Record Label: Decca
Spouses (current/former): Felix Jackson
Other names for Deanna Durbin (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Edna Mae Durbin"
Deanna Durbin frequently works together with these people:
Joe Pasternak (10x, Crew)
Bess Flowers (7x, Actress)
Ted J. Kent (6x, Crew)
Bruce Manning (6x, Crew)
Henry Koster (6x, Crew)
Elwood Bredell (6x, Crew)
Charles Coleman (5x, Actor)
Samuel S. Hinds (5x, Actor)
Felix Jackson (5x, Crew)
Vera West (4x, Crew)
Frank Ryan (4x, Crew)
WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:52949, Added: 05/17/2018, Last updated: 07/26/2020