Deborah Kerr: The English Rose

The great Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25th, 1803-April 27th, 1882) stated that the “love of beauty is taste and the creation of beauty is art”; well that’s how I genuinely feel when I think of the immaculate cinematic artistry from the individual that I’m paying a profound level of respect to: The English Rose of the silver screen and the critically acclaimed Scottish-born Oscar nominated theatre, film & television actress from Hollywood’s Golden Era Deborah Kerr (b. Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer on September 30th, 1921 in Glascow Scotland-d. October 16th, 2007). In a film/television career that’s lasted more than 4 decades (1940-86), Deborah Kerr’s breathtaking, compelling and multi-faceted performances have earned her 6 Oscar nods but not a single win yet like her fellow contemporary Barbara Stanwyck, Kerr’s prolific and awe-inspiring depictions of picturesque inspiration didn’t go unnoticed for during the 66th Annual Academy Awards held on Monday March 21st 1994 she was deeply rewarded with not only the Honorary Oscar for her respected masterful body of classic film work, she also received one of the longest standing actions in all of the Honorary Oscar recipients’ history during the Academy Awards. Deborah Kerr gave a unique, seductive versatility and vitality with her Oscar nominated portrayal of Karen Holmes, the disaffected wife who becomes involved in a sensous love affair with Burt Lancaster in Fred Zinnemann’s iconic drama From Here to Eternity (1953). Kerr became close friends with actor Robert Mitchum on the set of Heaven Knows Mr. Allison (1957), sustaining a long indelible friendship that lasted until Mitchum’s passing in 1997. Words are indescribable when I talk about the legacy and film career of Deborah Kerr; I’m a big fan of her classic films and I feel that she was vastly underrated as a talented actress. Kerr emulated such incredible passion, refinement and vulnerability with her sensitive performances; in more ways than one, she reminded me of the love, passion and appreciation that comes from knowing your craft. To be able to selflessly express an aura of warmth, compassion, delicacy, tenderness, poise, refinement, spirit & appeal the way that she does is unparalleled to say the least because I’m very grateful to everything that she’s contributed. One of the great actresses who embodied an even greater warmth to her beauty, a stellar example of her masterful versatility and sheer brilliance of a consummate actress was when she portrayed the suppressed awkward daughter of the unforgettable yet overbearing Gladys Cooper in the superb underrated classic Separate Tables, which won her good friend David Niven an Oscar for Best Actor. Niven once said about his good friend the English Rose: “She’s a marvelous person with such a tremendous sense of humour. That’s what I look for in a woman – femininity and humour.” Actor Robert Mitchum, who co-starred with Kerr in 4 films once said “the best, my favorite. Life would be kind if I could live it with Deborah around.” For me, she became a favorite of mine for a reason; every performance from her film career embodied a touching depth…as if she was giving a life story through each of the characters that she portrays. I don’t think that there was a performance which I didn’t enjoy her in; if anything, I’ve deeply enjoyed her in all of them with some considered to be my personal favorites. Thank you again for helping me to celebrate the life and film career of the iconic masterful actress Deborah Kerr who embodied elegance, sophistication, poise, allure, devotion with a refined ambiance of sublime brilliance & magic!

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