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Deborah Kerr (September 30, 1921 – October 16, 2007) was one of the most honored and awarded actresses in the history of film.
Kerr was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress: “Edward, My Son” (1949), “From Here to Eternity” (1953), “The King and I” (1956), “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” (1957), “Separate Tables” (1958) and “The Sundowners” (1960). Although she never won, in 1994, Kerr was awarded the Academy Honorary Award, cited by the Academy as “an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance”.
Kerr was also nominated four times for the BAFTA Award for Best British Actress: “The End of the Affair” (1955), “Tea and Sympathy” (1956), “The Sundowners” (1961) and “The Chalk Garden” (1964).
She won a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy” for The King and I in 1957 and a Henrietta Award for “World Film Favorite – Female”. Kerr was also nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama for “Edward, My Son” (1949), “Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison” (1957) and “Separate Tables” (1958).
Kerr was the first performer to win the New York Film Critics Circle Award for “Best Actress” three times (1947, 1957 and 1960).
In 1985 Kerr received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or a Special for “A Woman of Substance”.
Deborah Kerr was made a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 1998, but was unable to accept the honor in person because of ill health.
She was also honored in Hollywood where for her contributions to the motion picture industry she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, at 1709 Vine Street.