Deborah Kerr getting ready before being interviewed for Girl Magazine.
A number of film stars had a lot of time between shots and all agreed they wouldn’t mind being interviewed. Actors get bored out of their minds because they have a lot of time with nothing to do, so they were delighted to have some young girl asking them questions on set. Every week this vivacious young presenter would interview and be photographed with a well-known film star or actor on different subjects. The girls were so proud to be sitting with ‘so and so’ and they could boast to their schoolmates. The first one was with Deborah Kerr and Van Johnson. And so Girl Magazine became very popular.
Adrian Flowers, photographer for Girl Magazine
I’m teaching myself lettering and calligraphy. This is a digitally-enhanced version of my first try. Getting my hands dirty with felt-tip pens again feels fantastic!
Yul Brynner & Deborah Kerr filming The King and I, 1956
Deborah Kerr, Greer Garson and director of photography Joseph Ruttenberg on the set of Julius Caesar - 1953
“I hate to fight. I can’t believe anyone would do anything harmful to me on purpose. I let people walk over me and take advantage of me. I know what they’re doing, and yet I don’t make a move. Finally, though, when the thing comes to a head, I take a stand. I won’t budge.” (Deborah Kerr)
Bonjour Tristesse (1958)
"Otto [Preminger] didn’t have to say anything to Deborah Kerr: she was wonderful in the role, and she was generous, beautiful and sexy too.” (Geoffrey Horne)
"On her dressing room door, during the recent filming of Separate Tables, Deborah one day wickedly tacked up a photograph of herself as the girl she plays in the movie, a dowdy, inhibited young Englishwoman, wearing heavy-rimmed glasses that made her out the drabbest kind of ugly duckling. She tacked up this portrait of herself, and above it, hand letter a legend that showed who she thought was responsible for making nice girls unhappy. The legend read: ‘I BLAME MEN!’" (1950s press)
Deborah Kerr in The King and I, 1956
During the making of King Solomon’s Mines, Deborah had to trudge over miles and miles of hottest Africa, in Kenya, Tanganyika and the Belgian Congo, where the temperature often reached 152 degrees at noon, where mosquitoes and tsetse flies swarmed and stung, where lions came to inspect the company’s nightly garbage and snakes spat venom from behind trees.
She had to carry her own equipment after the tsetse flies killed off the horses and mules. Deprived of basic things like drinking water, she “used bottled water, wine or ginger ale, brushing my teeth with a light Belgian wine.”
“There were times when I wanted to sit and cry, and felt I could not continue for another minute. Somehow we all managed to keep going, but I can truthfully say that I wouldn’t dream of trying again.” (Deborah Kerr)
"I love to be other people. I’m not very good at being myself because I don’t quite know what myself is." (Deborah Kerr)
The Innocents (1961)
“The Innocents is a very good movie, and maybe Deborah Kerr’s performance should really be called great.
A good strong, determined woman, so tortured by fears and visions that all her passion goes into making others look her fear in the face, is about as complexly dreadful a demon as any horror story can encompass.” (Pauline Kael)