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date: 25 May 2020

Durbin, Deanna [Edna Mae]locked

  • William A. Everett
  •  and Lee Snook

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[Edna Mae]

(b Winnipeg, MB, Dec 4, 1921; d Paris, ?20 April, 2013). Canadian actress and singer. At the age of 14, Durbin caught the attention of MGM producers, who cast her in Every Sunday (1935) alongside Judy Garland. She then signed on with Universal Pictures and became the effervescent teenager who sang like an angel but frequently found mischief. Her sunny disposition and gleeful songs would rescue her from any of her ill-fated schemes. Her 21 films included Three Smart Girls (1936), One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937), Mad About Music (1938), That Certain Age (1938), First Love (1939), Three Smart Girls Grow Up (1939), It's a Date (1940), Spring Parade (1940) and Can't Help Singing (1944). Although her Hollywood career lasted only 13 years, she made a lasting impression as the quintessential precocious innocent with a natural vocal charm. She received a special Academy Award in ...

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