Deborah at the corrida (part II)
"Before starting on our drive back to Guethary, we went to visit him [bullfighter Luis Miguel]. He had even seen the tears that had come to Deborah’s eyes at the prolonged death of one of the animals that had been fought by another bullfighter.
'You don't have to come and see me again', he told her consolingly.
'But I want to', Deborah replied bravely, but then she was leaving for England in a few days.” (Peter Viertel)
“Deborah had a natural charm, at a time when people often did not have leisure to cultivate such graces any more… I admired her calm and total lack of pretension: she had style and elegance, and when we met again at a party recently she hadn’t changed at all.” (Isabel Jeans, co-star in the theatre in the 1940s)
“His nickname for Deborah was Hilda, as she had often enjoyed playing the part of a cockney char lady in their off-screen moments (…)
David’s fate was the most heartbreaking of anyone I have known. He, who had enjoyed words both as a raconteur and as a writer, whose playful mind perceived life to be more comical and absurd than anything else, was finally stricken by a disease that seemed to have come along for no reason and that locked him into a solitary confinement that his courageous spirit battled against hopelessly. In the end he was unable to speak or eat, and a few months before he was released from the torture chamber his body had become, he scrawled a final note to Deborah, his ‘Hilda’, that gave proof that he was still there, struggling to send a last message to his friend. Through her tears she managed to decipher the words and went off to her bedroom to weep. And I felt as if a heavy stone had fallen on my heart.” (Peter Viertel)
In his letter, David warned Deborah to beware of working too hard and taking on too much: “Dear old chum,” he wrote, “don’t stretch the elastic too far, because it snaps, and that is what has happened to me.”
David Niven (March 1, 1910 - July 29, 1983)
Deborah’s work ethics:
“I absolutely cannot work in disharmony with anyone, and consequently I will perhaps wrongly put up with jealousies and suffer fools gladly in order to work happily and establish CONTACT - so important is any acting, to me, anyway.”
“I have never had a fight with any director, good or bad. There is a way around everything if you are smart enough.”
photo: on the set of The Grass Is Greener, with Stanley Donen
Deborah and her elusive age
“Lovely Deborah Kerr, who is more beautiful than ever, is one movie star who doesn’t object to telling her age. She admits she’s 46 but she looks — 28! Perhaps it’s her large, round eyes — blue and so expressive and her lovely youthful skin, that makes her look so young off the screen. Then she has exuberant vitality and a devastatingly, vivacious personality.”
“With two teen-age girls, Deborah is very much with the modern scene. She’s 46 and never hides this fact: ‘Why should I? I’d still be 46 whether I wanted to admit it or not.’
With her slim figure, serene straight reddish hair and alert blue eyes, she looks about 35.”
- excerpts from the press, 1967 -
"This young lady has all the requisites of fine acting — speech plus carriage, versatile range and, always, believability." (1940s press)
"In the first part of Vacation From Marriage Deborah played mousiness right down to the bottom of the mousehole, then, transfigured by the experience of war, she devoted the closing reels to looking a little more beautiful and vibrant than unmartial mortals can ever hope to look." (Time Magazine, 1947)
Criterion’s recently-announced Blu-ray of Jack Clayton’s “The Innocents” (1961).
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