General Chat

Top tip - using the Genes Reunited community

Welcome to the Genes Reunited community boards!

  • The Genes Reunited community is made up of millions of people with similar interests. Discover your family history and make life long friends along the way.
  • You will find a close knit but welcoming group of keen genealogists all prepared to offer advice and help to new members.
  • And it's not all serious business. The boards are often a place to relax and be entertained by all kinds of subjects.
  • The Genes community will go out of their way to help you, so don’t be shy about asking for help.

Quick Search

Single word search

New Scottish Census

New Scottish census records

Do you have Scottish ancestors?

Perhaps you do and you just didn't know! Search our brand new Scottish census records today and discover if you have Scottish roots.

Search Scottish Census

Icons

  • New posts
  • No new posts
  • Thread closed
  • Stickied, new posts
  • Stickied, no new posts

Deanna Durbin, Great Actress and Singer

ProfilePosted byOptionsPost Date

Elizabethofseasons

Elizabethofseasons Report 1 May 2013 20:40

Dear All

Hello


For those of us who enjoy the old fashioned black and white films,
one of the last remaining Hollywood legends has passed away and
another chapter of Hollywood history has closed.


Miss Durbin's real name was Edna Mae Durbin and she was born in 1921 in Canada. Her parents moved from Lancashire 10 years previously in 1911.

She first found work on the radio and then was spotted by the MGM studios.

Her first film "Three Smart Girls was an immediate sensation
and her films for Universal Studios over the years are reputed to have
saved the studio from bankruptcy.

Her singing voice, beauty and image of the wholesome girl next door meant she was a huge favourite of the public.

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

In 1938 she was awarded a special miniature Oscar for her
"significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth."


The film "It Started with Eve" made in 1941, is considered by critics to be her
best film, a superior romantic comedy.

She made only one film in colour, which was "Can't help singing".

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Miss Durbin wanted more dramatic roles, and Robert Siodmak's Christmas Holiday (1944) is now regarded as a worthy film noir.

At the time it was hard for audiences to accept the wholesome Deanna
as a "hostess" in a sleazy road-house.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

At the height of her career and popularity, Miss Durbin decided to leave Hollywood
and her last film was "For the Love of Mary".

She remarried in 1950 and settled in France with her husband and children.

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

A few years ago, her films were shown on BBC2 and Channel 4 and received
high viewing ratings.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Her voice was unique and her renditions of "Danny Boy" and "Nessun Dorma" are incomparable.

She gave joy to millions with her films in the hard years of the 1930's and 1940's.


Rest in peace, Miss Durbin.


Take gentle care
Sincere wishes
EOS
xx



AnnCardiff

AnnCardiff Report 1 May 2013 20:42

RIP indeed - remember her

ButtercupFields

ButtercupFields Report 1 May 2013 20:52

I heard this on the radio, Elizabeth, and it brought me right back to my youth! I loved her films and her voice and I so wanted to be her! She lived to a ripe old age, bless <3

Mauatthecoast

Mauatthecoast Report 1 May 2013 21:47

ah she was beautiful and had a fabulous voice.

May she rest in peace

Brenda from Wales

Brenda from Wales Report 1 May 2013 22:28

I also liked her.
A few years ago I asked our Deanna if she was called after Deanna Durbin and she said she was.

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it

Shirley~I,m getting the hang of it Report 1 May 2013 22:54

A sweet lady with a beautiful voice . I remember seeing her in her young days in many lovely films and when she gave up films and settled with her 3nd hubby into family life in France.

Who was her first hubby, seem to remember he was a Vaughan
??

its seems yonks ago and difficult to equate her as being born in 1921 so was some 16 years older than me . she seemed just so young when i saw her in films..

May she now rest in peace,

Joeva

Joeva Report 2 May 2013 11:03

The lovely lady singing Nessun Dorma .................... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inV3RlOTOXM