Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. For more on Deanna Durbin, click over to The Hollywood Reporter. Shes wearing flowers at her midriff although its very early in her pregnancy. Cotton was the Southern smooth talking gentleman type, and as his book reveals, he knew how to maneuver around the women in his life. I like Deanna Durbins first two features, Three Smart Girls and 100 Men and a Girl and most of her other films including her basically non-singing murder mystery Lady on a Train. This has nothing to do with having a swelled ego or whether you earn money for your work or not. George Lloyd Murphy (July 4, 1902 - May 3, 1992) was an American dancer, actor, and politician. I agree that it is very sad that Deanna did not wish to continue her career after her early retirement. I loved your article about Deanna Durbin. I dont remember any such thing ever happening, do you? I laughed. Deanna Durbin, who as a plucky child movie star with a sweet soprano voice charmed American audiences during the Depression and saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy before she vanished from. Durbins first film, Three Smart Girls (1936), was a musical comedy in which she played one of three sisters trying to reunite their parents. Then he writes a paragraph that I dont fully understand; was he just angry at Hedda Hopper who next morning reported the supposed studio tryst? Below, Joseph Cotten. Even Greta Garbo didnt go that far! We know that from the Jeanette and Nelson story that wily Hopper knew much of the behind-the-scenes goings on and that included Jeanettes 1938 pregnancy and miscarriage. May 3, 2013 @ When a teenage Deanna Durbin appeared on screen in the 1930s, wearing a decorous white dress with her hands clasped together, singing with a bell-like purity, audiences . The fact was that Joseph Cotten was married to Lenore Kipp and remained married to her until Kipps death in 1960. It was taken at the Federation of Music Clubs event held at the Hollywood Bowl where these gals won medals for their movie singing. I met Brownie at a Deanna Durbin film festival in the early 1970s in Hollywood. The two moved to France and had a son. This article was written by fellow blogger and writer Ed Sum. (And as an author I speak from experience.). She is an adorable baby with her bee-stung lips. Mr. David once said that he and Ms. Durbin had made a deal that he would protect her from spiders, mosquitoes and reporters., Ms. Durbin, who gave almost no interviews after she left Hollywood, did send reporters a letter in 1958 that read in part: I was a typical 13-year-old American girl. Thats why it was such a shock to learn the actual timeline of her marriage to Felix Jackson and her pregnancy during that time. No other details were given. David died in 1999. What I particularly like about Durbins voice is its range, and her ability to adapt her voice to the song hearing her sing, for instance, You wanna keep your baby looking right, or, better yet, Spring will be a little late this year, one couldnt imagine that this woman could sing grand opera so many opera singers have tried to sing popular songs and always sound like an opera singer singing a popular song, but not Durbin. But, like many young stars, Durbin struggled to make the transition from sprightly teen singer to more serious actress with a broader range. Now they will be my treasures. Charles David directed only two films in Hollywood, both in 1945 - Lady On A Train and Fairy Tale Murder (with Gloria Jean). She was 91. I was happy on the set. It was a shotgun wedding and appears, in retrospect, to be more about ensuring her child was born legitimate rather than for love. That Jackson would just leave Deanna six months after baby Jessicas birth and walk away from his without even fighting for joint custody well, that was very telling. I was away from home a lot. So if the above indeed was her thinking, such casting and plot revision would have been unworkable for her. As an ardent Deanna Durbin fan I found your article informative and enjoyed it immensely. Former child star Deanna Durbin has died at the age of 91, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Whether you are a singer, actor, writer, painter or any other kind of artist, there is a communication that you share with your audience. She released more than 50 recordings including Kiss Me Again, My Hero, Annie Laurie, Loves Sweet Song and God Bless America. Part of HuffPost Entertainment. They were best buds and socialized together well. Her son Peter H. David told the Deanna Durbin Society newsletter that his mother had died several days ago, but did not give further details and thanked her fans for respecting her privacy. Durbin had previously been married to assistant . Her son, Peter H David, made the announcement in a newsletter to her fans, saying. Note: I sat down to write a simple obituary of Deanna Durbin but decided to look into her life a little deepercant help it, its the film historian in meand ended up researching and writing this lengthy article which shows up how little known (by the general public) she really was as a person. Joanne, that is awesome that you corresponded with her. This marriage was happy and they were together 50 years until Charles David died in 1999. I am reminded of what a magical moment it was when Charlie Chaplin returned to America to receive an honorary Oscar in 1972. He, too, was spoiled and an only child. In the mid to late 1940s Pat lived in the Los Angeles area with her mother, who was dating a Hollywood undercover vice squad policeman. 8 Comments, God made me a singer, and I just sang. Deanna Durbin. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed many styles from popular standards to operatic arias. David died in 1999, a few months before their 50th wedding anniversary. Unlike Greta Garbo, whose mystique remained basically intact following her Deanna Durbin dies at 91: One of the top stars of Hollywoods studio era (photo: Deanna Durbin in Ill Be Yours) According to Hollywood lore, teen star Deanna Durbin saved Universal Pictures from Deanna Durbin, a star whose songs and smile made her one of the biggest box office draws of Hollywoods Golden Age with fans that included Winston Churchill, has died. Read Less, Her son Peter H. David was quoted as telling The Deanna Durbin Society newslett Read More, Her son Peter H. David was quoted as telling The Deanna Durbin Society newsletter that the actress died "a few days ago", thanking her admirers for respecting her privacy. No other details were given. She had a lovely voice and her parents, then living in Los Angeles, trained her with a vocal coach. Ms. Durbin was quickly handed to Joe Pasternak, who produced her first 10 movies, and to Henry Koster, who directed six of them: Three Smart Girls, One Hundred Men and a Girl, Three Smart Girls Grow Up, First Love, Spring Parade and It Started With Eve.. 9:04 pm. . Now, this brings me to another interview I did in the 1980s with one of our club members, a retired Navy nurse, Pat Hudson. Cate, thank you for your comments here. (Getty Images), /celebs/international/reclusive-hollywood-actress-deanna-durbin-dies-at-91/eventshow/19820944.cms, Capitalising on her fame, Universal cast Durbin in a series of musical movies including "That Certain Age" and "Mad About Music" which made the actress with the sweet soprano voice into one of Hollywood's most popular stars. We were on a first name basis. She broke into the movies in 1936, aged 14, when she appeared in "Every Sunday" with Judy Garland, according to her biography on the IMDb film website. Or who exactly was he angry with and why? Invalid memorial. maceddy In 1947, she was the highest paid star in Hollywood, known for movies such as Three Smart Girls, Spring Parade and Mad about Music. Could it be her disregard for the proper way she was brought up? She was given the stage name Deana Durbin when she signed a contract with Universal Studios in 1936 at age 14. May 3, 2013 @ There are dieticians who make a business of compiling menus.. No specific details were given. 4:21 pm. ", "The character I was forced into had little or nothing in common with myself or with other youth of my generation, for that matter.". Deanna later publicly blamed their divorce on their mutual utter boredom. No date. I hope their life together was more than just contented. Thats where I would place the Jeanette Gene marriage, for the most part. She broke into the movies in 1936, aged 14, when she appeared in "Every Sunday" with Judy Garland, according to her biography on the IMDb film website. Deanna reportedly did not want to vocally be compared to Jeanette MacDonald and she also didnt want to viewed as a Deanna Durbin and Nelson Eddy team. Still, early that year snarky gossip columnist Louella Parsons wrote: Eighteen-year-old Deanna Durbin is putting on weight. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed everything from popular standards to . Hot, hot anger that finally, when it reached its zenith, was transformed into icicles. He indicated that she died "a few days ago," but provided no other details. Last time I saw Deanna she didnt look too plump but I havent seen her since I returned and they tell me she has gained at least five pounds. In essence, these two got married after Deanna learned she was pregnant and they separated six months after the child was born. He called the arm withered. I later read press reports stating that she broke her arm at a young age and it healed incorrectly. Her last film was 1948s Up in Central Park, and she left film-making in 1949, turning down roles in Bing Crosbys Topo' the Morning and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court at Paramount studios. Both stars returned to the studio that particular night, for different reasons. Signed by the studio at 13, Ms. Durbin, who already possessed a mature coloratura soprano, soon appeared in a one-reel short, Every Sunday, with another recently signed 13-year-old, Judy Garland, who sang swing while Ms. Durbin sang classical music. I was a young, healthy, full-blooded American and had achieved a certain amount of fame, which of course made it easier. Seems like youve made some very wise observations and in particular, gotten a sense of what Deannas mood was during the making of her films. Vale Deanna Durbin December 4, 1921 - April 20, 2013. See below for a candid of the two girls on the MGM lot and a shot from that film. Embarrassment expanded to humiliation, and humiliation exploded into anger. First, she told me that her mothers boyfriend, the cop, had also discussed with them the time he caught a couple carrying on in a parked car one night on Mulholland Drive. Edna Mae Durbin was born Dec. 4, 1921, (some sources say 1922) in Winnipeg, Canada, but the family soon moved to Southern California because of her fathers health. I really venture to say that I believe one of the major reasons for Deanna to move to France was to protect her daughter and family from scandal. The child-star persona affected her personal life as well. The actress had remained out of the public eye ever since. Read Less, The actress was born Edna Mae Durbin in Winnipeg, Canada, but moved to Californ Read More, The actress was born Edna Mae Durbin in Winnipeg, Canada, but moved to California with her British-born parents when she was young. In the real world there would have been a lot of anger and rage over the circumstances. Hedda Hopper couldnt openly discuss it so she did the next best thing, had a picture taken of herself sitting at ailing Jeanettes bedside, with the caption stating that Hedda heard that Jeanette was going to have a baby Jeanette just laughed and said she wished it was true but it wasnt. I could never believe that my contemporaries were my fans. Which memorial do you think is a duplicate of Charles David (109793226)? She was 91. Her son Peter H. David was quoted as telling The Deanna Durbin Society newsletter that the actress died 'a few days ago', thanking her admirers for respecting her privacy. Deanna Durbin, a Winnipeg-born screen star of the 1930s and 1940s, has died, according to her son Peter H. David. Veteran Canadian actress/singer Deanna Durbin has died at the age of 91. If you have not seen that clip before you can watch it here at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3Pl-qvA1X8. Did being on location make it easier to carry on their affair? A nostalgic journey to the past to relive the golden days of entertainment! maceddy Even if they were involved in 1943 the year Deanna divorced her first husband, she did not get pregnant until the spring of 1945. The actress' son, Peter H. David, was quoted in a Deanna . I, too, always wondered how Loretta could keep that secret. He was the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1944 to 1946, and was awarded an honorary Oscar in 1951. 1:28 am. The third marriage was a success: in 1950, at 28, she married Charles David, the 44-year-old French director of Lady on a Train. After starring in 21 feature films, she retired to a French farmhouse. Her son Peter H.. At 25, Durbin was the second highest-paid woman in America behind her fellow actress Bette Davis, according to the New York Times, and her fan club ranked as the world's largest during her active years. Perhaps now I have a better understanding of Deanna Durbins courage in chucking it all and walking away while she was still young enough to create a new second act in her life. Audience Relations, CBC P.O. The marriage lasted two years. Like Greta Garbo, she wanted to be left alone. She was one of the irreplaceable, I am thankful for the gift of her voice, and kindness. I could see the wariness in Naughty Marietta and the closeness of Sweethearts and so forth. At 25, Durbin was the second highest-paid woman in America behind her fellow actress Bette Davis, according to the New York Times, and her fan club ranked as the world's largest during her active years. By Warren Boroson April 30, 2010, 6:22 pm. Durbin's death was initially reported by her son, Peter H. David, in the Deanna Durbin. Others might have used such a disability as a reason for failure in Hollywood but not Deanna Durbin. Welcome to Hollywood, folks! There was estrangement between mother and daughter because of Lorettas refusal to be honest with Judy about her parentage till near the end of her life. joanne tew She broke into the movies in 1936, aged 14, when she appeared in "Every Sunday" with Judy Garland, according to her biography on the IMDb film website. May 3, 2013 @ At the last minute Karloff was replaced by Claude Rains and Nelson was wooed over to Universal with promises that hed get to sing lots of opera plus there was never any question that he would get top billing. I am also a devoted fan of Jeanette and Nelson. Your culture and entertainment cheat-sheet. Third husband of singer and actress Deanna Durbin. She was discovered by an MGM casting director searching Los Angeles singing schools for someone to portray the opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink as a child. 3:15 pm. 1930s child star Deanna Durbin has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter.She was 91. Box 500 Station A Toronto, ON Canada, M5W 1E6. As a young teenager, Durbin was mentored by producer Joe Pasternak, who helped her develop the screen persona that worked so well for her and for Universal, where she made all of her feature films. 1930s child star Deanna Durbin has died, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His notable comic book work includes an award-winning 12-year run on The Incredible Hulk, as well as runs on Aquaman, Young Justice, Supergirl, Fallen Angel, Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2099, Captain Marvel and X-Factor. In the 1944 film noir Christmas Holiday, she played an unhappy honky-tonk singer opposite Gene Kelly, but the movie was seen as a disappointment. At 25, Durbin was the second highest-paid woman in America behind her fellow actress Bette Davis, according to the New York Times, and her fan club ranked as the world's largest during her active years. I do hope we are able to learn more about what went on with Deannas life. She retired from the movies at an early age, and has resisted all efforts to bring her back "" including a possible offer to sing in "My Fair Lady.". May 4, 2013 @ Mr. David once said that he and Ms. Durbin had made a deal that he would protect her from spiders, mosquitoes and reporters., Ms. Durbin, who gave almost no interviews after she left Hollywood, did send reporters a letter in 1958 that read in part: I was a typical 13-year-old American girl. Jeanette & Nelson by Sharon Rich, R.I.P. Deanna Durbin, who attained worldwide popularity as a child star in the 1930s while starring in a series of musicals, has died. All of her films were shown and he was one of the guest speakers. Jeanette MacDonald's funeral. Or even true, for that matter. He was also found guilty of fathering a child out of wedlock when blood tests proved he was not the father. Deanna Durbin, who attained worldwide popularity as a child star in the 1930s while starring in a series of musicals, has died. This movie is mostly famous as Deanna Durbin's final film before she retired from show business at the age of 26. Shortly afterward she moved to Universal, shepherded there by Rufus Le Maire, a former MGM executive who had switched his allegiance to the rival studio. suggested she lose some weight, she suggested he let out her dresses. Soon after, she signed a contract with Universal, changed her name to Deanna, and was cast in a series of musical comedies, reports Variety. In fact that night when she was supposed to have the tryst with Cotton, she had earlier driven Vaughn to his ship. No comments were ever recorded after that, but I presume they settled into a contented life together. By the time she was making Hers to Hold, Vaughn was off to the war as a Naval officer. No other details were given. I do my own shopping, bring up my two children and sing an hour every day., According to her Wikipedia entry (at this writing), in her later years Durbin made it known that she did not like the Hollywood studio system. Deanna Durbin, one of Hollywood's biggest box-office stars in the 1930s and early '40s, has died aged 91.