'He was an enchanting man who had absolutely no pretentions about himself, either as a person or an actor, at all. And would make fun of himself and say “I was just born with this face and these ears that stick out, and this voice, and women seem to be crazy about me, and here I am.” '
- Deborah Kerr on working with Clark Gable
"I came here [to America] from spending the war years in London where our diet was very restricted. We had no citrus, butter and very little meat. As a result, I had no energy, my skin and hair were bad, my nails were cracking and flaking. The change in me was a dramatic instance of the relation of food to well-being. I got a new head of hair — literally —you could see a rough of the short stuff coming in. My skin cleared, my nails grew long, my eyes got brighter and I was bursting with energy!" (Deborah Kerr)
"At the time of my divorce, the British press descended like a pack of wolves, and I thought, well, so much for loyalty, so much for all the times I’d put myself out a bit for them. I wanted to shout, ‘My children, in case you’ve forgotten, can read!’ Yes, now there’s something that does bring out the fight in me!" (Deborah Kerr)
Jean Seberg, David Niven & Deborah Kerr
Bonjour Tristesse (1958) dir. Otto Preminger
"Miss Kerr struggled against being pigeonholed by the public as somehow representing the British upper class, and was said to have instructed friends to tell anyone who asked that she preferred cold roast beef sandwiches and beer to champagne and caviar any day." (The New York Times)
“I love to drink things out of glasses not meant for them, like beer from a crystal champagne glass” (Deborah Kerr, via deborahkerr.es)
Kirk Douglas & Deborah Kerr in “The Arrangement”
"Here’s a prescription to wash away the cares that may infest your day:
Have a little chat with Deborah Kerr in her suite at the Carlton House. We did yesterday and came away with stars in our eyes.
Miss Kerr is the most surefire cure we have ever found for a case of the blues. She is one of the most charming, gracious, not to mention attractive, ladies of the theatre that has come our way for a long, long time.
She’s peaches and cream, so little wonder that an interview that usually lasts for 20 minutes went on and on for more than an hour and then ended only because the wonderful red-head said something about wanting to wash her hair.” (1950s press)
Deborah Kerr photographed by Ian Smith, 1946