'King and I' Star Deborah Kerr Dies
Actress was also known for the kissing scene in 'From Here to Eternity'
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 World War II.
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 Burt Lancaster "From Here to Eternity," the musical "The King and I" (for which she won a Golden Globe), opposite Cary Grant in the four-handkerchief movie "An Affair to Remember," with him again in "The Grass Is Greener," "The Innocents," "The Chalk Garden," "Night of the Iguana" and the original "Casino Royale."
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.