This afternoon, the world is mourning the death of the great Deborah Kerr, who died Tuesday at the age of 86. Yes, she’ll always be remembered for her work as Karen Holmes with Burt Lancaster in "From Here To Eternity." That film included, says The New York Times, "one of the most sexually provocative scenes of the 1950’s," moments of passion on the beach that are oft imitated today in film and on TV.
But Kerr also made her mark with Yul Brenner in "The King & I." She didn’t sing her own songs in the film (Marni Nixon did). But The Times, in a review, lauded “her beauty, her spirit and her English style.” Kerr was nominated for six Oscars and won a special BAFTA (the English Oscar) Award in 1991. She received and honorary Oscar for her body of work in 1994.
According to IMDB, "Originally when filming began on Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957), her co-star Robert Mitchum worried that Kerr would be like the prim characters she frequently played. However, after she swore at director John Huston
during one take, Mitchum, who was in the water, almost drowned
laughing. The two stars went on to have an enduring friendship which
lasted until Mitchum’s death in 1997."
Kerr had a signature wit tinged with sadness, as is evidenced by this quote: "All the most successful people these seem to be neurotic. Perhaps we
should stop being sorry for them and start being sorry for me – for
being so confounded normal." I’ll be watching From Here To Eternity tonight. This great actress will very much be missed.