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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Deborah Kerr R.I.P.

Some very sad news: the wonderful British actress Deborah Kerr, star of The King and I, From Here to Eternity and The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, among many others, has died, aged 86. I'm not a huge fan of the honours system, but perhaps someone could explain why Deborah Kerr, easily the second greatest British actress of all time after Vivien Leigh, never became Dame Deborah?

1 comment:

burke peerage said...

Because she buggered off to Hollywood and stayed there for the vast majority of her career?

That sort of thing tends to be frowned upon in the honours-apportioning profession. Alfred Hitchcock had to wait until he was practically on his deathbed for his knighthood, and for much the same reason. And Kerr's former co-star Cary Grant never got one at all.