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Deborah Kerr

PUBLISHED: 13:56 29 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:14 04 April 2017

Deborah Kerr in the Prisoner Of Zenda trailer.

Deborah Kerr in the Prisoner Of Zenda trailer.


The Weston Mercury and Weston Town Council are giving you the chance to nominate which blue plaques will be installed in Weston-super-Mare first. Read these biographies and then cast your votes for your favourites.

Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer :: Actress

September 30, 1921 to October 16, 2007

When Deborah Kerr first stepped onto the stage at Weston-super-Mare’s Knightstone Pavilion in 1937, could she have ever dreamed it would lead to roles in star-studded films and six Academy Award nominations?

And yet, following on from one of her first performances in Weston, young Deborah built a career out of spectacular performances in films and on TV.

Deborah was born in Scotland in 1921, but her family moved to Weston in 1938.

She studied drama and ballet, and, with her aunt’s help, became a radio actress and got her first taste of the big stage in the play Harlequin And Columbine, at the Knightstone Pavilion.

Her big break came in 1939 when she was spotted by a talent scout at an open air theatre in Regent’s Park, London.

She was cast in George Bernard Shaw’s Major Barbara and she became a star of British cinema before Hollywood came calling.

In 1957, she was named ‘the world’s most famous actress’ by Photoplay magazine.

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