DEANNA DURBIN BIOGRAPHY & FILMOGRAPHY:
Deanna Durbin was born on December 4th, 1921 in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada with the birth name Edna Mae Durbin. Her parents who were both from Britain brought her to live in California where she was raised. She had a very talented singing voice which caught the attention of a number of talent scouts.
In 1936, MGM signed a contract with her when she was only fourteen years old. Her first film was, "Every Sunday" (1936) which also starred Judy Garland. MGM soon dropped her, but Universal Pictures took her to them for a contract right away. Deanna followed with some major film roles in, "Three Smart Girls" (1936), "One Hundred Men and a Girl" (1937), "Mad About Music" (1938) and "That Certain Age" (1938). It is said, Durbin is the actress that helped bring Universal Pictures out of bankruptcy.
When she was eighteen years old she was already earning $250,000 per year. She was becoming so popular in films that there was an array of items made about her such as Deanna Durbin dolls and dresses.
Durbin was so popular everyone everywhere was so impressed with her acting and singing talents. Surprisingly, she was actually a very timid person and was not very comfortable with the glamour and stardom that came along with being a popular actress. By the age of twenty one she was the highest-paid woman in the United States and the highest paid female star in the world.
However, Durbin continued to get cast in films roles that were highly successful such as, "Hers to Hold" (1943) and her final film role in, "For the Love of Mary" (1948). At the young age of twenty seven, Durbin decided she was done with acting and retired from the industry.
Deanna Durbin moved to France with her third husband and has turned down all offers to return to the film industry.
Durbin was married three times, first to Vaughn Paul from April 18th, 1941 through December 14th, 1943. Her second marriage was to Felix Jackson on June 13th, 1945 till October 27th, 1949 and together they had one daughter, Jessica Louise Jackson born on February 7th, 1946. Deanna Durbin's final marriage was to director Charles David from December 21st, 1950 through March 1st 1999, when David passed away. She had one more child a son, Peter David born on June 20th, 1951.
Deanna Durbin has declined all interviews and lived outside of Paris, France while in retirement.
She passed away at age ninety one in the later part of April 2013 according to the Hollywood Reporter.
1948 For the Love of Mary
1948 Up in Central Park
1947 Something in the Wind
1947 I'll Be Yours
1946 Because of Him
1945 Lady on a Train
1944 Can't Help Singing
1944 Christmas Holiday
1943 His Butler's Sister
1943 Hers to Hold
1943 The Amazing Mrs. Holliday
1941 It Started with Eve
1941 Nice Girl?
1940 Spring Parade
1940 It's a Date
1939 First Love
1939 Three Smart Girls Grow Up
1938 That Certain Age
1938 Mad About Music
1937 One Hundred Men and a Girl
1936 Three Smart Girls
1936 Every Sunday