I did two films with my special friend, Charles Laughton. Deanna Durbin with the troops in the Hollywood Canteen during World War II. Discover (and save!) 17. The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In 1946 she earned $323,477, just $5,000 less than Bette Davis who was the highest-earning female in all of America! Deanna Durbin made 21 movies in her short career. Great post, very interesting too! Deanna Durbin. She certainly was a mysterious woman. I have come across tons of Actresses who left Acting when they were young. I’m sure that she was happy. Resides in Neauphlé-le-Château, France. Friggs later said that Deanna Durbin was the only person he ever knew who could get away with calling Charles Laughton "Cuddles." What I did find difficult was that this acquired maturity had to be hidden under the childlike personality my films and publicity projected on me.”, “I hated being in a goldfish bowl. Edna Mae Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 17, 2013), known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian-born actress and singer, who later settled in France.She appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. She appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. Durbin retired from acting and singing in 1949, and withdrew from public life, granting only one interview for the remainder of her life, in 1983. Deanna Durbin is such a treat. ... At this same interview, Joe Pasternak also recalls Deanna as being quite shy and close-mouthed (but says nothing about the … Theme images by, HOLLYWOOD LOVE: DINAH SHORE AND BURT REYNOLDS, The Alternate Movie Title Game (Movie of the Week Edition), Danny G's Sunday Serenade with Dino: "It Won't Cool Off", BING ON FILM: RHYTHM ON THE RIVER - PART ONE, Podcast: Going My Way and The Bells of St. Mary's, Fun with virtual classic film discussions, JERRY LEWIS TO BE HONORED AT TCM FESTIVAL, PHOTOS OF THE DAY: CLASSIC STARS AND HORSES. Canadian actress and singer Deanna Durbin (1921-2013) wearing a black sleeveless dress in a publicity shot once used for the cover of the magazine … I was the highest paid star with the poorest material-today I consider my salary as damages for having to cope with such complete lack of quality.”, “I did not hate show business. And thanks for the javabeanrush link. By MICHAEL OLDHAM | Contributing Writer Blue-eyed actress Deanna Durbin was only in her mid-20s when she purchased a mansion on Maroney Lane in Pacific Palisades. • Director, producer Henry Koster said he met his wife on the set of this film, Peggy Moran. Deanna Durbin in It's a Date, 1940. Durbin rarely gave interviews but did send reporters a letter in 1958 in which she said she was “never happy making pictures”. I've also realized with giving her movies a chance that she was a very good singer.Thanks again for sharing this with us.See ya soon!Page.  Deanna Durbin left her mark in Hollywood as a child star, but it seemed it was immediately scrubbed away when she decided to leave fame behind. I was living in Texas when Deanna Durban passed away. Maybe her family will relent and allow a Biography to be written. Discover (and save!) Member. Hard to imagine being put in a jail for your safety...one more reason why I'm glad I'm not famous! It’s a shame, too, that she wouldn’t allow herself to be profiled on Websites. I did find it in its entirety (with that same picture from the 1980s) at Java’ Journey in a 2010 article on this page: http://javabeanrush.blogspot.com/2010/11/DeannaDurbinInterview.html. I do hope so. Felix Jackson produced 7 of Deanna’s films from 1943 to 1947. I liked your two books on the stars and such statements you made as, “the system was firmly rigged against the individual in favor of the machine”, . ), Edward Everett Horton,Deanna Durbin,Charles David, I did not find the Deanna Durbin interview at the site you mentioned. - In a 1958 refusal of an interview request she wrote an AP reporter to say that she was happy with her life and considered herself lucky to have been able to leave Hollywood on her own terms and relatively undamaged. Edna Mae Durbin, known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian-born actress and singer, who later settled in France. The Shipman interview does suggest that the serene self-confidence of Durbin’s characters was consistent with her personality off-screen. Deanna Durbin, Soundtrack: Mad About Music. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed many styles from popular standards to operatic arias. Deanna Durbin Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Deanna Durbin photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes! Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood by Melanie Gall is playing at Academic Hall (133 Seraphin-Marion) until Sunday, June 23, 2019. - In a 1958 refusal of an interview request she wrote an AP reporter to say that she was happy with her life and considered herself lucky to have been able to leave Hollywood on her own terms and relatively undamaged. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed everything from … AKA Edna Mae Durbin. Unlike Judy Garland, she seemed to be very mature in the films that she made, even as a young teenager. Nuor. I'll Be Yours is a 1947 American musical comedy film directed by William A. Seiter and starring Deanna Durbin.Based on the play A jó tündér by Ferenc Molnár, the film is about a small-town girl who tells a fib to a wealthy businessman, which then creates complications.The play had earlier been adapted for the 1935 film The Good Fairy by Preston Sturges I also enjoyed the company of my fellow actors, the leading men who were so much older, like Herbert Marshall, Melvyn Douglas, Franchot Tone, Walter Pidgeon, Joseph Cotten, Vincent Price and Robert Cummings. If she did have any regrets we will probably never know because very little is written about her life, once she retired. Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood by Melanie Gall is playing at Academic Hall (133 Seraphin-Marion) until Sunday, June 23, 2019. Deanna Durbin made 21 movies in her short career. I knew a little bit about Durbin, the Canadian born singer who rocketed to fame by the age of 15, but not much. Poised as a veteran, prettier than ever, she arrived for her interview clad in rosy tweed. Let’s hope we get a well researched biography. In his new book, "Deanna Durbin A Hollywood Fairy Tale - The Legend of Edna Mae," William Harper details the life of a long-forgotten Hollywood star. Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business purposes, by age … I agree, wholeheartedly, that a Biography of Deanna Durbin’s Life should be written, but will the Fans get to read anything other than what most of them have probably already read? 17. I’ve seen a couple of unflattering photos of her, dressed in a shapeless coat with an unattractive scarf on her head. “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 Durbin’s last public interview 1981 with David Shipman. I wonder now if there could be a demand for a biography of Deanna. Deanna Durbin dolls existed along with many other types of merchandising in the 1940s. Post-retirement, no writer ever got close enough to her to find out.  She probably dressed down to avoid attention. Working with these talented men helped me so very much and I grew up much faster than the average teenager. The kiss made newspaper front pages, according to a 1987 interview with Robert Stack. Visiting  a Deanna Durbin fan site,( Deannadurbindevotees.com), I was fascinated to read an interview author David Shipman did with Deanna in 1983 at her home in France. Deanna Durbin dolls existed along with many other types of merchandising in the 1940s. Sister: Edith (teacher) Husband: Vaughn Paul (m. 18-Apr-1941, div. A nostalgic journey to the past to relive the golden days of entertainment! Because of illness, her father moved the family to Los Angeles where … She declared "Deanna Durbin was dead and my own life really began".- In 1961, Bob Thomas again caught up with her on a return visit. Perhaps. Deanna’s observations of her life in Hollywood are so revealing and her honesty is welcome. We, HER FANS, can only hope. "; March 2, 1937: "Metro is thinking seriously about offering Judy Garland as a threat to Universal's Deanna Durbin, and after the youngster's appearance with Charles Gorin, ne … She made them all for Universal and single-handedly saved the studio from bankruptcy. Srelu ( talk ) 01:10, 10 July 2011 (UTC) Deanna Durbin once said her screen persona "never had any similarity to me, not even coincidentally." Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on Dec. 4, 1921 in Winnipeg, Canada. "Beneath The Lights Of Home" being the most requested record. A one woman musical, Since her retirement, Durbin granted only a single interview, to film historian David Shipman, in 1983. So sorry about that,I checked again myself and couldn’t find the interview. Deanna Durbin. We can watch this young girl literally grow up from 14 to 26. Singer-actress Deanna Durbin, who was the highest-paid female star in Hollywood in 1947 but quit the biz the following year at the age of 26, has died, her fan club announced Tuesday. • Director, producer Henry Koster said he met his wife on the set of this film, Peggy Moran. Thanks for your comment. Deanna Durbin (born December 4, 1921 – April 2013) is a Canadian-born, Southern California-raised singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias.. Durbin made her first film appearance in 1936 with Judy Garland in Every Sunday, and subsequently signed a … She could have returned if she had wanted to. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe. A reviewer for the New York Times praised her 'phenomenal vocal cords'. Melanie Gall’s Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood, tells the true story of Durbin’s life growing up in Hollywood, her relationship with Judy Garland, which the world wanted so much to be filled with mutual hate, and why she gave it all up in favour of a life of obscurity in Paris. Deanna was not only a superb actress, but as a singer had the voice of an angel. The whole interview can be read at DeannaDurbindevotees.com. The Shipman interview does suggest that the serene self-confidence of Durbin’s characters … A one woman musical, One author is telling her story. 19: By twenty-one, she was the highest-paid woman in the United States and highest-paid female film star in the World. Of course I've been trying to change that and be more open to her films when they air. 19: By twenty-one, she was the highest-paid woman in the United States and highest-paid female film star in the World. Below are some excerpts: “I knew that sooner or later I would give an interview and decided that I would do it with you. ( Log Out /  …”Why did I give up my career? She stated that the studio pushed a "childlike image" on her, but I'm not so sure about that. It may have been a shock to Deanna’s Fans that she left her Career so young never to return, but she wasn’t in a boat by herself. Her second marriage, to film writer-producer-actor Felix Jackson in 1945, produced a daughter, Jessica Louise Jackson, but a divorce followed in 1949. Thank you for reprinting this article on such a lovely actress and singer. Hi, David!What a great find and such a personal and detailed interview about her private life and career highlights. Read more reviews at apt613.ca/fringe. The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. Deanna Durbin once said her screen persona "never had any similarity to me, not even coincidentally." I loved to sing. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Deanna Durbin : biography December 4, 1921 – April, 2013 Personal life Durbin married an assistant director, Vaughn Paul, in 1941; the couple divorced in 1943. DEANNA DURBIN INTERVIEW Visiting a Deanna Durbin fan site, (Deannadurbindevotees.com), I was fascinated to read an interview author David Shipman did with Deanna in 1983 at her home in France. Born: 4-Dec-1921 Birthplace: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Died: 28-Apr-2013 Location of death: Paris, France Cause of death: unspecified. This website is dedicated to the late Deanna Durbin, one of Hollywood's biggest box-office stars in the 1930's and 1940's (December 1921 - April 2013) We are the only appreciation society which is authorised by Deanna Durbin. Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on Dec. 4, 1921, in Winnipeg, Canada. Gall plays Deanna and brings in the story of Judy in an interview with an invisible New York Times reporter. Metro Goldwyn Mayer Eliza Doolittle Judy Garland Anne Frank Universal Studios Divas Deanna Durbin Jackson Musical Film. A list of all the songs should be present in every article dedicated to singers. Deanna was not only a superb actress, but as a singer had the voice of an angel. Because of illness, her father moved the family to Los Angeles where … Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. Deanna Durbin (born Edna Mae Durbin, December 4, 1921 – April 2013) was a Canadian singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s singing standards as well as operatic arias.. Durbin made her first film appearance with Judy Garland in Every Sunday (1936), and subsequently signed a contract with Universal Studios. In the late 1930s and 1940s, Deanna and Judy, just teenagers, were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Since her retirement, Durbin granted only one interview in 1983, to film historian David Shipman. Member. Post-retirement, no writer ever got close enough to her to find out. Deanna Durbin Net Worth The girl who one day would be known as "Winnipeg's Sweetheart" was born at Grace Hospital on December 4, 1921, as Edna Mae Durbin. In the late 1930s and 1940s, Deanna and Judy, just teenagers, were two of the biggest stars in Hollywood. 20: She was an option to perform as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but the role ultimately went to Judy Garland. http://javabeanrush.blogspot.com/2010/11/DeannaDurbinInterview.html, Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past. Let's end with footage from the one film of hers Deanna was pleased with, 1944's Christmas Holiday. Melanie Gall’s Ingenue: Deanna Durbin, Judy Garland and the Golden Age of Hollywood, tells the true story of Durbin’s life growing up in Hollywood, her relationship with Judy Garland, which the world wanted so much to be filled with mutual hate, and why she gave it all up in favour of a life of obscurity in Paris. While she was active 1936-1948, Durbin’s fan club was the largest in the world. Singer-actress Deanna Durbin, who was the highest-paid female star in Hollywood in 1947 but quit the biz the following year at the age of 26, has died, her fan club announced Tuesday. Below are some excerpts: Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Deanna Durbin was the Canadian opera star who saved Universal Studios (the dream factory, not the tourist attraction). Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. your own Pins on Pinterest Edna Mae Durbin, born December 4, 1921, was a Canadian-born actress and singer. Gender:. ... At this same interview, Joe Pasternak also recalls Deanna as being quite shy and close-mouthed (but says nothing about the emotional outburst Koster recalled). Whenever I complained or asked for story or director approval, the studio refused. The problem of keeping normal in Hollywood doesn’t seem so uncomplicated to Deanna Durbin, 16-year-old star of Universal Pictures. Gall plays Deanna and brings in the story of Judy in an interview with an invisible New York Times reporter. I don't think Deanna Durbin will ever lose her fan base, every year more people "discover" her and her delightful personality. Gave her last interview in 1949. Since her retirement, Durbin granted only a single interview, to film historian David Shipman, in 1983. I know Durbin has an enormous fan base but I've just never gotten into her films. Durbin purchased the East Coast traditional-style house from fellow actress Virginia Bruce in the mid-1940s. More than Six Decades in Retirement. My mother and I were once mobbed in Texas: the police lost control of the crowd and my mother suffered two broken ribs from people trying to reach me. Miss Jaynes will be allowed several months of freedom each year for concert and opera work. ( Log Out /  Deanna Durbin (born Edna Mae Durbin; December 4, 1921 – c. April 20, 2013) was a Canadian singer and actress, who appeared in a number of musical films in the 1930s and 1940s, her singing voice being variously described as being light but full, sweet and unaffected. They put me in the town jail for safety and to avoid the mob still waiting at the station, they flagged the train down in the middle of nowhere, where I got on safely.”, “Just once was I seriously tempted (to return to performing), by the prospect of My Fair Lady on Broadway. ALL MATERIALS, CONTENTS, AND ARTICLES ARE THE COPYRIGHT OF DAVID LOBOSCO (unless otherwise stated). Change ). This website is dedicated to the late Deanna Durbin, one of Hollywood's biggest box-office stars in the 1930's and 1940's (December 1921 - April 2013) We are the only appreciation society which is authorised by Deanna Durbin. 20: She was an option to perform as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939), but the role ultimately went to Judy Garland. INTERVIEW: DEANNA DURBIN - 1983 The following is a 1983 interview with classic movie star Deanna Durbin, conducted by David Shipman. That was a long time. She declared "Deanna Durbin was dead and my own life really began".- In 1961, Bob Thomas again caught up with her on a return visit. Saved by GLINDA VEGLIACICH. She retired from acting and singing in 1949, and withdrew from public life, granting only one interview for the remainder of her life, in 1983. Judy Garland June 10, 1922to June 22, 1969 Deanna Durbin Dec. 4, 1921 Born in Canada and still lives there, did not like the Hollywood scene. I was happy on the set. The French born David married Deanna in 1950 and Deanna chose to leave America and settle in France. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. In Paris on December 21, 1950, shortly […] Deanna Durbin Celebrity Profile - Check out the latest Deanna Durbin photo gallery, biography, pics, pictures, interviews, news, forums and blogs at Rotten Tomatoes! Durbin purchased the East Coast traditional-style house from fellow actress Virginia Bruce in the mid-1940s. She … David, thanks for reprinting this fascinating interview. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. When she retired at 29, the actress was the highest-paid woman in Hollywood -- and the world. Simple theme. Other trivia: • Deanna Durbin receives her first on-screen kiss in “First Love” (1939). Tickets cost $12 online (plus a $2 processing fee) and at the door. Visit ottawafringe.com for the schedule and box office info. ( Log Out /  She reiterated … ( Log Out /  A newsletter published on April 30th by the Deanna Durbin Society reported that she had died "in the past few days". Deanna is a favourite on my local nostalgia radio. I liked the people with whom I worked and after the nervousness of the first day, I felt completely at ease in front of the camera. This interview excerpted from Sean Martinfield’s article in the San Francisco Sentinal:Deanna Durbin- The Femme Fatal of Noir City X-mas, Wed night at the Castro Theatre PREVIOUS POST: “Love Is A Bore,” The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone 1961; A look at Cleo Laine For one thing, just take a look at my last four films and you’ll appreciate that the stories I had to defend were mediocre, near impossible. Would someone elaborate about where in Texas was Deanna and her mother mobbed. I have never been so frightened. [1] Estimate. I’m referring mostly to what happened in her life after she moved to France. Blue-eyed actress Deanna Durbin was only in her mid-20s when she purchased a mansion on Maroney Lane in Pacific Palisades. The section "Deanna Durbin songs" is a great ideea. Beginning as a 14-year-old in 1936's Three Smart Girls, she made 21 tuneful, attractive musicals that charmed America, and provided Winston Churchill with his favourite film, 100 Men and a Girl. This is the last known interview with the reclusive film star and recording artist before her death in April of 2013. your own Pins on This was a great read! 24. Universal's Deanna Durbin. There were no other details at the time, but it is known that she died from natural causes, aged 91. Perhaps. When she retired at 29, the actress was the highest-paid woman in Hollywood -- and the world. The late Mr Shipman wrote one of my favourite books , THE GREAT FILM STARS; THE GOLDEN YEARS. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. Needless to say, I was, along with her other fans, shocked to hear about her passing. If I went to New York, I had to stay in my hotel room or go everywhere under guard, whisked away in a big black limousine, terrified that the fans running alongside would get hurt in the traffic. In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple.Renamed Deanna Durbin for show business purposes, by age 21 she was the most highly paid female star in the world. In 1946 she earned $323,477, just $5,000 less than Bette Davis who was the highest-earning female in all of America! Catching up on Lady On A Train recently, it was interesting to see that her then husband,Felix Jackson produced it and her third husband,Charles David directed it. Mar 10, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Classic Movie Hub. • Deanna Durbin receives her first on-screen kiss in “First Love” (1939). Durbin, with her innocent face, burst onto the Hollywood screen in the mid-1930s. The Amazing Mrs. Holliday (Bruce Manning, 1943) is an uneven, frustrating WWII comedy-drama, worth seeing for Deanna Durbin's sensitive, beguiling performance, the best of her adult career. It’s always a shock when hearing about such news. ( in the 1981 photo above, is Deanna holding a copy of the BBC ‘s Radio Times? Mar 10, 2013 - This Pin was discovered by Classic Movie Hub. Deanna left successfully, without a lot of looking back and regretting. It was still in an embryonic state just a few songs completed when Alan Jay Lerner came to my home to play them for me. If they were allowed to be managed and controlled, for example, by Reputable Fan Clubs, that would have been Great News for Her Fans. Friggs later said that Deanna Durbin was the only person he ever knew who could get away with calling Charles Laughton "Cuddles." Her voice is golden, but one can hear it getting stronger and stronger toward the … In her early childhood there were no obvious signs that one day she would be a bigger box office attraction than Shirley Temple. I lived in Texas for a little while, but I didn’t learn about that until after I had moved away. Often noted as Deanna Durbin's first mature role, this breezy, lighthearted valentine to Durbin is directed by Henry Koster (The Bishops Wife, 1947) and co-stars Robert Cummings and William Lundigan. I loved them…but I had my ticket to Paris in my pocket and anyway, Julie Andrews was great and so was Audrey Hepburn in the film.”. Charles David directed only two films in Hollywood, both in 1945 – Lady On A Train and Fairy Tale Murder (with Gloria Jean). Unlike Garbo, who famously strolled the streets of New York, Durbin truly does want to be alone in order to lead a normal life. Hand color tinted photo of Deanna Durbin. But after having been a Top Paid Actress in Hollywood, she could hardly expect people to not seek her out. At the age of 17, she was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award. Gotten into her films Twitter account 's end with footage from the one film of hers Deanna was with. In Winnipeg, Canada Durbin receives her first on-screen kiss in “ first Love ” ( 1939 ) the,! 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