'King and I' Star Deborah Kerr Dies
Kerr, who suffered from Parkinson's disease, died on Tuesday, Oct. 16 in Suffolk, England, says her agent, Anne Hutton, according to news reports.
Kerr was born in Helensburgh, Scotland on September 30, 1921 to a naval architect and his wife. She originally trained as a ballet dancer before switching to acting and appearing in regional British productions and entertaining the troops during
She began her film career in the 1940s in films such as "Major Barbara," "Hatter's Castle," "The Adventures of Colonel Blimp" and "Black Narcissus," which earned her the attention of major Hollywood producers.
Thus began her more illustrious career, starring in the Allan Quartermain adventure "King Solomon's Mines," the historical film "Quo Vadis," the screen adaptation of "The Prisoner of Zenda," "Julius Caesar," the film that had her kissing on a beach with
In her film career, she received six Academy Award nominations, and eventually snagged an honorary Oscar in 1993 for her body of work. She also received a CBE and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Later in her career, she switched to TV and theater work.
Kerr is survived by her husband Peter Viertel and two daughters, Melanie Jane and Francesca Ann, from her first marriage to Anthony Bartleby, and three grandchildren.