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   Deborah and her pets (X)
   In Switzerland, the Viertels had for a while “an enormous Pyrenean Mountain dog of extraordinary beauty, Guapa, which means just that in Spanish. One day when the family were at lunch, Guapa, with tremendous pride, herded a huge sheep into the living-room, and stood grinning from ear to ear, waiting for praise for what she had done.  ‘Poor Guapa was only “doing her own thing”, ’ says Deborah, ‘and couldn’t understand why we were not delighted. There were Peter, my daughters and I all trying to get this sheep out of the room — you have no idea how heavy they are until you meet one socially!’”

   Deborah and her pets (X)

   In Switzerland, the Viertels had for a while “an enormous Pyrenean Mountain dog of extraordinary beauty, Guapa, which means just that in Spanish. One day when the family were at lunch, Guapa, with tremendous pride, herded a huge sheep into the living-room, and stood grinning from ear to ear, waiting for praise for what she had done.
  ‘Poor Guapa was only “doing her own thing”, ’ says Deborah, ‘and couldn’t understand why we were not delighted. There were Peter, my daughters and I all trying to get this sheep out of the room — you have no idea how heavy they are until you meet one socially!’”

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Deborah at home (X) - Pacific Palisades

Deborah at home (X) - Pacific Palisades

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The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)
   “Good grooming also means that the make-up is applied correctly and in good taste. One hasn’t allowed mascara to cake on the eyelashes. Lipstick doesn’t have smeared, uneven lines, nor are cheeks highly rouged. And, of course, there is no telltale line to show the face has been made up and the neck forgotten. The hair is clean and neatly dressed, and one is not guilty of chipped nail polish or unclean finger-nails.” (Deborah Kerr)

The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)

   “Good grooming also means that the make-up is applied correctly and in good taste. One hasn’t allowed mascara to cake on the eyelashes. Lipstick doesn’t have smeared, uneven lines, nor are cheeks highly rouged. And, of course, there is no telltale line to show the face has been made up and the neck forgotten. The hair is clean and neatly dressed, and one is not guilty of chipped nail polish or unclean finger-nails.” (Deborah Kerr)

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The famous rowing scene story from Heaven Knows Mr. Allison, told by Robert Mitchum:

   “She was a touch edgy now and then, but no temper — absolutely no temper.
   Of course, there was that day when Deborah and I were out in a life raft off Tobago, trying to catch the giant turtle we needed to keep us alive. The sun was blazing, the sea was rough, and we had been going through the same piece of action for hours. Deborah was wearing her heavy nun’s outfit, and she was paddling the life raft, while I was trying to spear the turtle.
   The director, John Huston, was behind us in the camera skiff, and pretty comfortable, I might say, while all the time he was bawling, ‘Faster, Deborah; paddle faster. You’re not working hard enough.’
   Suddenly the flimsy paddle in Deborah’s blistered hands broke in half. For a moment she sat there, glaring at Huston. Then she picked up a piece of the broken paddle and flung it straight at, John’s head. ‘There,’ she said, ‘that will show you how blankety hard I’m working, Mr. Huston!’ 
   But she wasn’t mad. Just edgy.”

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The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)
   “Personal appearance calls for good grooming — if one is to be known as a charming woman. This means that one must keep both clothes and self immaculately clean. Clothes don’t have to be expensive, but they must be in good taste. And one does avoid such things as run-over heels, crooked stocking seams, uneven hemlines, drooping slips, wrinkled, soiled and unbrushed clothing.” (Deborah Kerr)

The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)

   “Personal appearance calls for good grooming — if one is to be known as a charming woman. This means that one must keep both clothes and self immaculately clean. Clothes don’t have to be expensive, but they must be in good taste. And one does avoid such things as run-over heels, crooked stocking seams, uneven hemlines, drooping slips, wrinkled, soiled and unbrushed clothing.” (Deborah Kerr)

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Bonjour Tristesse (1958)   “Kerr’s portrayal was a striking instance of her ability to create a complete human being, within moments of her appearance on the scene: the attitudes to her fiance and his daughter of the outwardly sophisticated, but inwardly un-tough fashion designer were expressed in her movements and in her voice, controlled, but with a hint of underlying uncertainty.    The climax, when she believed she had overheard Raymond express contempt for her in his reunion with Elsa, was an almost unbearable glimpse of shattered faith and trust.” (Eric Braun)

Bonjour Tristesse (1958)

   “Kerr’s portrayal was a striking instance of her ability to create a complete human being, within moments of her appearance on the scene: the attitudes to her fiance and his daughter of the outwardly sophisticated, but inwardly un-tough fashion designer were expressed in her movements and in her voice, controlled, but with a hint of underlying uncertainty.
   The climax, when she believed she had overheard Raymond express contempt for her in his reunion with Elsa, was an almost unbearable glimpse of shattered faith and trust.” (Eric Braun)

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Deborah at home (X) - Pacific Palisades
A graceful Queen Anne desk stands at one end of the room and a refectory table at the other. A pair of water color portraits by an English girl, Eileen Chandler, show Melanie at 18 months and Deborah in a pensive mood.They are the only wall decorations except for the mirror over the fireplace.

Deborah at home (X) - Pacific Palisades

A graceful Queen Anne desk stands at one end of the room and a refectory table at the other. A pair of water color portraits by an English girl, Eileen Chandler, show Melanie at 18 months and Deborah in a pensive mood.They are the only wall decorations except for the mirror over the fireplace.

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From Here to Eternity (1953)

   “That scene is shown but constantly. If I’m on a TV talk show in the States, up comes Burt and I rolling in the surf. The whole audience, many of them two years old when that was made, go ‘Hahhhhh’.
   There you are, that’s what you can do with your swimsuit on!”, Deborah added, with a pardonable air of self satisfaction.

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   “Right now she makes her home in Klosters, Switzerland. She’s the six-month bride of writer Peter Viertel. And she has found what she calls ‘My rock’, an adjective she tagged on him explaining his name Peter is derived from the French ‘Pierre’, the Italian ‘Pietro’ which, she tells us means stone.   This is a ‘new’ Deborah Kerr, relaxed, self-confident, and happy. Most of the change — intentionally or otherwise — has been brought about by her new husband. Peter Viertel is the strong, forceful, ‘old-country’ type of husband who has given her a direction she has never had before.   Peter gives her immense encouragement when she tries to belittle her talents: ‘If you don’t know what you can do, you’re a fool.’ And Deborah, unlike some wives, will smile at his remarks…” (excerpts from the 1960s press)

   “Right now she makes her home in Klosters, Switzerland. She’s the six-month bride of writer Peter Viertel. And she has found what she calls ‘My rock’, an adjective she tagged on him explaining his name Peter is derived from the French ‘Pierre’, the Italian ‘Pietro’ which, she tells us means stone.
   This is a ‘new’ Deborah Kerr, relaxed, self-confident, and happy. Most of the change — intentionally or otherwise — has been brought about by her new husband. Peter Viertel is the strong, forceful, ‘old-country’ type of husband who has given her a direction she has never had before.
   Peter gives her immense encouragement when she tries to belittle her talents: ‘If you don’t know what you can do, you’re a fool.’ And Deborah, unlike some wives, will smile at his remarks…” (excerpts from the 1960s press)

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The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)
   “Good health is the necessary basis for everything else. Without it, one’s appearance as well as personality suffers. With it, one has several of the composites of charm such as sparkling eyes, facial lines that turn up instead of down, and a happy outlook on life.    People like to be around healthy persons because their dispositions are happy ones, and because they are full of pep and have a wonderful zest for living.” (Deborah Kerr)

The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)

   “Good health is the necessary basis for everything else. Without it, one’s appearance as well as personality suffers. With it, one has several of the composites of charm such as sparkling eyes, facial lines that turn up instead of down, and a happy outlook on life.
   People like to be around healthy persons because their dispositions are happy ones, and because they are full of pep and have a wonderful zest for living.” (Deborah Kerr)

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Deborah at home (X) - Pacific Palisades

The sun room, which links the dining room with the living room, and the indoors with the garden, is a kind of informal gathering place full of books, record albums, the piano, and art objects picked up from Italy to the Congo.
Deborah sensibly furnished the long narrow room in earthy browns and greens. The big easy chairs are covered in a brown nubby fabric and the walls are a cool shade of eucalyptus green.

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The Sundowners (1960)

Fred Zinnemann: Deborah is a very, very good actress. She’s very adaptable and able to play almost anything.
Interviewer: In The Sundowners she’s warm and earthy, and completely believable. The scene in which she watches a wealthy woman on a train powdering her nose is particularly well done.
F.Z.: That’s interesting, you know, because I remember the writer was a lady writer [Isobel Lennart]. That scene had two pages of dialogue in it, which I threw out, because I said it could all be done just with looks. And this writer never forgave me, because her lovely dialogue was thrown out the window, but it would have just killed the scene.
I: Well, the scene is perfect - we understand exactly what Kerr is feeling.
F. Z.: That’s all you need.

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Deborah, about Jean Seberg (13.11.1938 - 30.08.1979):
"I formed a very deep respect for the quiet strength with which she put up with all the extravagant publicity that had been forced on her by her discovery and the lashing she took from the critics. This strength was also apparent in her coping with Otto [Preminger], who turns into a demon when directing. At least he did on Bonjour Tristesse as far as Jean was concerned. I think any other woman would have collapsed in tears or just walked out. But she calmly took all the berating and achieved a very interesting and true Sagan-type heroine."

Deborah, about Jean Seberg (13.11.1938 - 30.08.1979):

"I formed a very deep respect for the quiet strength with which she put up with all the extravagant publicity that had been forced on her by her discovery and the lashing she took from the critics. This strength was also apparent in her coping with Otto [Preminger], who turns into a demon when directing. At least he did on Bonjour Tristesse as far as Jean was concerned. I think any other woman would have collapsed in tears or just walked out. But she calmly took all the berating and achieved a very interesting and true Sagan-type heroine."

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The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)
" To get along with people, you must truly like them. And really liking them, means that you take a warm lively interest in them and their troubles or happiness. One of my best friends is loved because no matter whom she meets — if she has met them before — she can call them by name and remember to inquire about something they have talked about before." (Deborah Kerr)

The attributes of charm, according to Deborah (X)

" To get along with people, you must truly like them. And really liking them, means that you take a warm lively interest in them and their troubles or happiness. One of my best friends is loved because no matter whom she meets — if she has met them before — she can call them by name and remember to inquire about something they have talked about before." (Deborah Kerr)

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"Mostly, we have manufactured ladies — with the exception of Ingrid, Grace, Deborah and Audrey." (Cary Grant)Ingrid Bergman (29.08.1915 – 29.08.1982)

"Mostly, we have manufactured ladies — with the exception of Ingrid, Grace, Deborah and Audrey." (Cary Grant)

Ingrid Bergman (29.08.1915 – 29.08.1982)

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