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Deanna Durbin, one of Hollywood's biggest stars in '30s & '40s, has died aged 91

Discussion in 'Off The Beaten Track' started by dardar1126, May 1, 2013.

  1. dardar1126

    dardar1126 Well-Known Member

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    Although she was well before my time, I remember watching reruns of her films. She was a sweet ingenue, with a glorious soprano voice. She and Judy Garland were in a film together...Deanna singing opera and Judy singing pop.
     
  2. MacMadame

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    I didn't realize she was still alive.
     
  3. my little pony

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    i love her. i especially love "three smart girls."
     
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  4. Maofan7

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    Huge fan of hers and am very sad to hear that she has passed away. Here is her obituary from the Guardian

    The film short your referring to is Every Sunday

    Just by way of a tribute, here are some links to some of her films:-

    100 Men and a Girl
    That Certain Age (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    Spring Parade
    It's A Date (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11)
    Nice Girl? (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    It Started With Eve (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
    His Butler's Sister (2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10)
     
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  5. dardar1126

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    Thanks for that link! :)
     
  6. kittyjake5

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    Sad to hear this news. I became a fan of hers watching her movies on TCM.
    RIP Ms. Durbin.
     
  7. Alixana

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    My granny and I used to watch all her movies when I was a kid. When dementia set in, Deanna Durbin was one of the few people granny remembered and watching a Deanna Durbin movie was a sure way of calming her down. Thank you Deanna Durbin and rest in peace.
     
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    My mom adored Deanna Durbin, and as soon as she could, collected the VHS tapes of her movies. We would sit and watch them together.

    RIP Deanna, and thanks for the memories.
     
  9. Buzz

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    Thanks for the memories. R.I.P.
     
  10. skatesindreams

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  11. skateboy

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    I hadn't realized she was still living up to this point. Sorry to hear this, RIP.
     
  12. snoopysnake

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    As a young woman, my mother was often told she looked like Deanna Durbin, who was about two years younger. My father hated Deanna Durbin's singing!
     
  13. duane

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    This was considered both girl's screen test--designed to test their audience appeal. Afterwards, Deanna's contract lapsed (tho it's still unclear if MGM dropped her or neglected to pick up her option), but she was quickly signed by Universal. The producer of Three Smart Girls loved both Deanna and Judy in the film short, but wanted Judy since Girls was written for a swing singer. MGM refused to loan her, so the part was rewritten for Deanna's operatic voice and demure personality. The film made her an international star.
     
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    Loved her in Three Smart Girls. Didn"t know she was still alive either... preferred her to Judy, actually.

    Watched her movies on Saturday nights with my mom when i was young... good memories...

    RIP
     
  15. Garden Kitty

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    I also remember watching Deanna Durbin movies with my Mom when I was a kid. I recall one scene where she's trying to sneak somewhere, and the feather on her hat keeps sticking up and giving her away.
     
  16. manleywoman

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    :( RIP

    Who is left besides Mickey Rooney and Olivia DeHavilland?
     
  17. skatesindreams

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    ^^^
    Indeed, they are among the few iconic performers of the "Golden Age" who are still living.
     
  18. Maofan7

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    That was from the film, 100 Men and a Girl (5 mins 5 secs in).
     
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  19. Maofan7

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    WW2 fundraiser called, The Shining Future. Deanna Durbin appears at 8 mins 35 secs in. She sings Begin The Beguine, and the clip originally came from her film, Hers to Hold. Hers to Hold was actually the second sequel to Three Smart Girls. The first was Three Smart Girls Grow Up.
     
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  20. duane

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    Joan Fontaine is going to hunt you down!!
     
  21. Maofan7

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    As well as Olivia de Havilland's sister, Joan Fontaine, there is also Luise Rainer who recently turned 103. She won two consecutive Oscars for best actress in 1936 (The Great Ziegfeld) and 1937 (The Good Earth). She lives in London.

    Here is a link to Deanna's last ever interview - in 1983 with David Shipman
     
  22. skatesindreams

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    Thank you!
    That interview was fabulous.
     
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    My Grandma was an opera singer back in Deanna's time, and she would practice with her songs. I don't think I'll tell her about her passing, though.
     
  24. Maofan7

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    Came across this article which looks at how Durbin helped to raise morale during World War 2. It reads:-

    And here is another very good article
     
  25. skatesindreams

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    Thanks again, Maofan.
    I hadn't seen either one of those.
     
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