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Deborah Kerr

Deborah Kerr: Lovely, talented and versatile.

She was born Deborah Kerr-Trimmer in Scotland in 1921 and educated in Bristol.

Her first credited role was in Major Barbara (1941).

Part I, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943). Description on imdb: “Portrays in warm-hearted detail the life and loves of one extraordinary man.”

From Here to Eternity
From Here to Eternity (1953) won Best Picture. She was so beautiful in this film and wore the Edith Head costumes with real flair.

The King and I
The King and I (1953), nominated for Best Picture. Oh, that dress!

Heaven Knows Mr. Allison

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957) is the story of 2 people stranded on a South Pacific island during World War II. He’s committed to the U.S. Marines, she’s committed to the Lord. It has long been one of my favorite movies. Not only is she very good, the scenery (which includes Robert Mitchum) is gorgeous. If you watch it, try to get it in widescreen – it’s definitely worth it. Should’ve been nominated for Best Picture.

An Affair to Remember
1957 was quite a year for her (and us). She starred with Cary Grant in her next film, An Affair to Remember. Very glamorous. Again, beautiful costumes.

Here’s a clip. Make sure you have a handkerchief ready.

Separate Tables
Then, in 1958 she played the painfully emotionally stunted daughter of Gladys Cooper in Separate Tables. Co-starring Burt Lancaster, Rita Hayworth, David Niven and Wendy Hiller. Nominated for Best Picture.

The Sundowners
The Sundowners In 1960, she again teamed up with Robert Mitchum in a completely different type of role. She plays his wife, Ida Carmody and they are traveling Australian sheepherders. A great supporting cast includes Peter Ustinov, Glynnis Johns, Chips Rafferty and Michael Anderson, Jr. The Sundowners was nominated for Best Picture.

In The Chalk Garden (1964), she played a governess (with her own mysterious past) trying to help a very disturbed girl, played by Hayley Mills.

My almost contact with Deborah Kerr: several days ago a cousin and I were discussing a trip that Joe and I made to see her and her family in California in 1976. We had dinner at her in-laws in Pacific Palisades, a very nice neighborhood. Walter Matthau and Elliot Gould lived close by. What I didn’t know until recently was that Deborah Kerr lived right across the street from where we had Easter dinner! It seems a shame I didn’t know it at the time, but I probably would’ve made an idiot of myself standing in front of the window trying to get a glimpse. Doris also told me that her husband used to feed Kerr’s Scottie dogs when she was traveling. What a job for a kid. Getting to feed a movie star’s dogs. That’s a lot more glitzy than just mowing the lawn.

*This post was updated on April 18, 2011 to remove the youtube links which were no longer available.


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Celebrity Recipes – Good Housekeeping December 1964

Yesterday I posted photos from the December 1964 issue of Good Housekeeping. Carol from Old Glory Cottage asked for the celebrity recipes referred to in the photo. (Carol has some great vintage Christmas images in her sidebar.)

There are too many for me to type all of them and they’re posted in the back of the magazine all chopped up, a column or two on each page so too difficult to scan. But I tell you what I’ll do: since Carol asked for it, I’ll include Lucy’s today, and list each celebrity and the name of their recipe and if anyone wants one, please leave a comment and I’ll post as many of them as I can.

Here’s what it says:

“Lucille Ball, one of Hollywood’s most hospitable stars, often treats dinner guests to this ‘happy ending’.

Make about two hours before serving as follows:
1. Start heating oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 2-quart casserole. Fill it with 8 cups thinly sliced, pared, cooking apples, 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 tablespoon grated lemon peel, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 1/4 cup water; then toss together with a fork. Bake, covered, 1 hour or until apples are tender. Now turn oven heat up to 450 degrees.

2. In bowl combine 2 cups packaged biscuit mix and 2 tablespoons granulated sugar; quickly stir in 2 to 3 tablespoons melted butter or margarine and 1/2 cup milk. Then drop, by rounded tablespoonfuls, around top edge of casserole, also one in center of biscuit ring. Bake, uncovered, about 12 to 15 minutes or until biscuits are golden and done. Cool slightly.

3. Serve warm, with vanilla ice cream on top of each serving. Makes 9 servings.”

Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson: Pecan Pie

Julie Andrews: Striezel, Hot Mincemeat Pie with Rum Sauce

Doris Day: Green and Gold Salad

Bing Crosby: Wild Duck

Deborrah Kerr: Creamy Raspberry Cups

Patty Duke: Crunch Walnut Bread

Jack Benny: Superior Fried Chicken

Polly Bergen: Chili

Tony Curtis: Hungarian Kipfel

Shirley Booth: Chess Tarts

Fannie Hurst: Indienne Beef Stew

Peggy Lee: Hearts of Palm Salad

Johnny Carson: Christmas Waldorf

Eartha Kitt: Salade Nicoise

Danny Thomas: Homos Be Tahinee

Gina Lollobrigida: Christmas Wreath Cookies

Carol Channing: Golden Popcorn Balls

Rick Nelson: Beef Tartare, Stuffed Brussel Sprouts

Beatrice Lillie: Peel Fold Christmas Trifle

Raymond Burr: Grand Marnier Chocolate Mousse

Carol Burnett: Chicken Casserole

Inger Stevens: De Luxe Rice Pudding

Hugh Downs: Nut Filled Cakes

Blanche Thebom: Doppa I Grytan

Walter Cronkite: Harvard Beets

Eileen Farrell: Citrus Froth

Elke Sommer: Christmas Stollen

Dick Van Dyke: Brandied Sweet Potatoes


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