Deborah Kerr (born Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer; September 30, 1921 – October 16, 2007) was a Scottish-born film, theater and television actress.
During her career, she won a Golden Globe for her performance as Anna Leonowens in the motion picture The King and I and the Sarah Siddons Award for her performance as “Laura Reynolds” in the play Tea and Sympathy (in Chicago, after her original performances on Broadway). She was also a three-time winner of the New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actress.
Kerr was nominated six times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, but never won. In 1994, however, having already received honorary awards from the Cannes Film Festival and BAFTA, she received an Academy Honorary Award with a citation recognizing her as “an artist of impeccable grace and beauty, a dedicated actress whose motion picture career has always stood for perfection, discipline and elegance”. As well as The King and I, her films include An Affair to Remember, From Here to Eternity, Quo Vadis, The Innocents, Black Narcissus, Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison, King Solomon’s Mines, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, The Sundowners and Separate Tables.