Skip to comments.Deanna Durbin, Plucky Movie Star of the Depression Era, Is Dead at 91
Posted on 04/30/2013 7:54:52 PM PDT by EveningStar
Deanna Durbin, who as a plucky child movie star with a sweet soprano voice charmed American audiences during the Depression and saved Universal Pictures from bankruptcy before she vanished from public view 64 years ago, has died, a fan club announced on Tuesday. She was 91.
In a newsletter, the Deanna Durbin Society said Ms. Durbin died a few days ago, quoting her son, Peter H. David, who thanked her admirers for respecting her privacy. No other details were given.
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One of her biggest fans was Winston Churchill.
What a sweetheart. RIP
I never really cared for the “musical” genre in film that much. But three exceptions to this, which I did tend to enjoy, were the Astaire/Rogers films, the Busby Berkelely films, and the Deanna Durbin films.
Durbin made a lot of films for Universal, and virtually all of them are rather pleasant and amusing. Used to see them on the late-shows quite often in the 1970s. They don’t circulate too much anymore. Mainly because the prime outlet for old films nowadays is Turner Classics, and they don’t have the Universal/Paramount library.
She was one of the last living “stars” of the 1930s. Only a tiny few left now (Mickey Rooney, Olivia de Havilland, Luise Rainer, etc.)
I expected a cold star picture on Wikipedia, not a va-vroom! Reminder of what today’s “talent” is lacking.
“Child”, not cold. Frakkin’ autocorrect.
I didn’t know she was still alive(until recently, that is). RIP, Miss Durbin.
How about wholesome? No botox or plastic surgery. Real people.
Deanna Durbin - Un Bel Di (One Fine Day)
All Hollywood has now are fake boobs, hairpieces, fake nails, liposuction, facelifts, padded rearends, nose jobs and lousy personalities.
I loved how women stars looked in the 40’s. And the way they were lit and photographed in B&W. Pure glam!
They truly were stars
In high school I once pulled out a bound volume of Life magazines so I could look up the issue covering the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. One issue from November 1941 featured a photo of Deanna Durbin in her underwear playing a violin in the privacy of her bedroom. She was about twenty at the time. Va va voom!
IBSWBM (In Before She Will be Missed!)
What a beautiful Dame...
She was awfully cute. Loved her.
Amazingly talented and also very very cute and sweet.