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    AFP: British actress Deborah Kerr dies aged 86

    British actress Deborah Kerr dies aged 86

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    LONDON (AFP) — British actress Deborah Kerr, star of films including "From Here To Eternity" and "The King And I", has died at the age of 86, her agent said Thursday.

    The Hollywood icon had suffered from Parkinson's disease for several years and died on Tuesday in Suffolk, eastern England.

    The Scot was perhaps best known for a legendary scene in "From Here To Eternity" in which she and Burt Lancaster kiss passionately on a Hawaii beach as the waves break around them.

    The 1953 epic romance, set during World War II and also starring Montgomery Clift and Frank Sinatra, earned her one of her six Best Actress Academy Award nominations for the film, though she never won an Oscar.

    Following the success of "From Here To Eternity", she starred in movies as diverse as the 1956 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The King And I" as a governess who melts Yul Brynner's heart, and the James Bond spoof "Casino Royale" (1967) alongside David Niven and Peter Sellers.

    After the 1960s, Kerr focused on theatre and television roles.

    The twice-married actress, who often played classic English rose characters, was made a CBE (Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) by Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

    Despite never winning an Oscar -- her six unsuccessful Best Actress nominations is a record shared with Thelma Ritter -- she received an honorary Academy Award in 1994 in recognition of her achievements.

    Born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer on September 30, 1921 in the small town of Helensburgh in Scotland, Kerr was the daughter of a World War I fighter pilot. She was a ballet dancer before switching to acting.

    Kerr's first film was the 1940 British movie "Contraband", but her scenes were deleted. She appeared in "Major Barbara" and "Love On The Dole" the following year.

    Her performance as a troubled nun in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger's 1947 film "Black Narcissus" caught the eye of Hollywood producers.

    Kerr signed to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and became a major star, acting opposite the likes of Lancaster, Brynner, Robert Mitchum, Stewart Granger and Spencer Tracy.

    Her first Oscar nomination was for the 1949 film "Edward, My Son". Nominations followed for "From Here To Eternity", "The King And I", "Heaven Knows, Mister Allison" (1957), "Separate Tables" (1958) and "The Sundowners" (1960).

    After switching from film roles following "The Arrangement" in 1969, Kerr appeared on stage and the small screen, retiring after her last television role in "Hold the Dream" (1986).

    Her honorary Oscar came in recognition of "an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance."

    Kerr also has a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

    She had married Battle of Britain hero Squadron Leader Anthony Bartley in 1945. They divorced in 1959 having had two daughters, Melanie Jane and Francesca Ann.

    Kerr married the writer Peter Viertel the following year. The couple met on a film set in Vienna.

    The pair lived in the Swiss ski resort of Klosters but returned to Britain when her Parkinson's disease worsened, to be closer to her family.

    She is survived by Viertel, two daughters and three grandchildren.

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    Wow, Joey Bishop and Deborah Kerr. Who's the third going to be?

    I love both of them^^ The Joey Bishop Show was great, and Deborah Kerr was a very good actress/amazing presence.

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    "Deborah Kerr...Rhymes with Star". I remembered that since I was a kid.

    Affair to Remember - sigh.

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    *sigh* I loved her in Separate Tables and The Night of the Iguana.

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    An Affair To Remember is something I don't watch if I have to go out (red eyes)

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    boy i love the King and I
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    I'm not a big musical fan but I love The King & I. The song she sings "Hello young lovers wherever you are" about love lost always brings a lump to my throat. RIP
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    The Scot was perhaps best known for a legendary scene in "From Here To Eternity" in which she and Burt Lancaster kiss passionately on a Hawaii beach as the waves break around them.
    This was my sigh-worthy movie - and wow, what a scene.

    RIP, Ms. Kerr.
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