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Also Known As: Edna Mae Durbin Died: April 20, 2013
Born: December 4, 1921 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Winnipeg, Manitoba, CA Profession: singer, actor

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Though her name was little-remembered by anyone under the age of 50, Deanna Durbin once saved a major Hollywood studio from bankruptcy with a winning smile, an operatic singing voice and a can-do attitude. A MGM discovery, the 13 year-old Canadian émigré was dumped by the studio in favor of a young Judy Garland in one of Tinseltown's most notorious intra-office screw-ups. Taken in at Universal, Durbin was groomed as a rival to Fox's pint-sized headliner Shirley Temple. Her first picture, "Three Smart Girls" (1936), was an unexpected box office smash and a string of subsequent hits made Durbin Hollywood's highest paid female star and an honorary Academy Award winner. As her international fame grew, Durbin's fans came to include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. Shrewd investments and a share in a line of trademarked merchandise made the actress independently wealthy by the time she was 18 years old. With the end of the Great Depression and America's entry into World War II, Durbin's trademark sparkle faded somewhat, eclipsed by the rising stock of Judy Garland at MGM. Unhappy in her final roles for Universal, Durbin walked out of the limelight in 1949, never to...

Though her name was little-remembered by anyone under the age of 50, Deanna Durbin once saved a major Hollywood studio from bankruptcy with a winning smile, an operatic singing voice and a can-do attitude. A MGM discovery, the 13 year-old Canadian émigré was dumped by the studio in favor of a young Judy Garland in one of Tinseltown's most notorious intra-office screw-ups. Taken in at Universal, Durbin was groomed as a rival to Fox's pint-sized headliner Shirley Temple. Her first picture, "Three Smart Girls" (1936), was an unexpected box office smash and a string of subsequent hits made Durbin Hollywood's highest paid female star and an honorary Academy Award winner. As her international fame grew, Durbin's fans came to include British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Holocaust diarist Anne Frank. Shrewd investments and a share in a line of trademarked merchandise made the actress independently wealthy by the time she was 18 years old. With the end of the Great Depression and America's entry into World War II, Durbin's trademark sparkle faded somewhat, eclipsed by the rising stock of Judy Garland at MGM. Unhappy in her final roles for Universal, Durbin walked out of the limelight in 1949, never to return to films despite lucrative offers from Hollywood and Broadway. Raising a family in France with her third husband, Durbin refused all but one interview over the subsequent decades, preferring peace and privacy to her lasting fame as Hollywood's "Little Miss Fix-It."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 For the Love of Mary (1948) Mary Peppertree
2.
 Up in Central Park (1948) Rosie Moore
3.
 I'll Be Yours (1947) Louise Ginglebusher
4.
 Something in the Wind (1947) Mary Collins
5.
 Because of Him (1946) Kim Walker
6.
 Lady on a Train (1945) Nicki Collins, also known as Margo Martin
7.
 Can't Help Singing (1944) Caroline [Frost]
8.
 Christmas Holiday (1944) Jackie Lamont/Abigail Martin [Manette]
9.
 His Butler's Sister (1943) Ann Carter
10.
 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (1943) Ruth Kirke [Holliday]
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1936:
Singing debut on the "Eddie Cantor Radio Hour"
1936:
Short film acting debut in "Every Sunday"
1937:
Feature film debut in "Three Smart Girls"
1939:
Considerable publicity attended the release of "First Love", in which the young Robert Stack gave the 18-year-old Durbin her first screen kiss
:
Screen image began to adjust to more adult roles in "The Amazing Mrs. Holliday" (1942) and the rather more successful film noir, "Christmas Holiday" (1944)
1948:
Last film, "Up in Central Park"
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Education

Bret Harte Junior High School: -
Manchester Grammar School: Fallowfield , Manchester -

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husband:
Vaughn Paul. Married on April 18, 1941; divorced on December 14, 1943.
companion:
Joseph Cotten. Actor. Reportedly had bried affair in 1943 during filming of "Hers to Hold".
husband:
Felix Jackson. Married on June 13, 1945; divorced on October 27, 1949.
husband:
Charles Henri David. Director. Married on December 21, 1950; directed Durbin in delightful comic film noir, "Lady on a Train" (1945).
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father:
James Durbin. Became US citizen when he moved to California.
mother:
Ada Durbin. Became US citizen when she moved to California.
sister:
Edith Durbin. Older.
daughter:
Jessica Jackson.
son:
Peter David.
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Contributions

luna ( 2007-05-27 )

Source: Everything you read about her.

On Deanna Durbin's biography, you have "Up in Central Park" as her last picture - it was "For the Love of Mary".

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