As a child, Deborah used to wake up screaming during the night, because of recurring nightmares involving the tree outside her window: “I always feared the tree would crash through the house and bury me beneath its weight. Yet the tree was only a symbol of the insecurity that has haunted me through most of my life.”
“She is modesty personified, and her favourite adjective when talking about herself is naive. Of stardom and ambition she said, with lowered lashes as some women speak with vague distaste of sex, that she was not much bothered by that side of it.
But of course Deborah Kerr is unquestionably a lady, and ladies do not have to claw their way up to the top but can afford to get there the nice way, in style.
Why is it that she has survived as a star? Probably she was untouchable in some way. She never dated when the style changed; she always remained Deborah Kerr, charming and changeless, year in and year out, reminding no one of an era they’d rather forget.” (1970s press)
The End of the Affair (1955)
Sarah: “I love you and I can’t see you again…I’ve never loved before as I love you… Goodbye, my dearest, dearest love…”
“I didn’t fight Hollywood because I soon realized that if I did I would wear myself out, and maybe destroy myself. I learned when I was a girl that the golden rule in life is not to fight about things that aren’t important. Save up your strength and fighting spirit for the time that something comes along that is important to you. Then fight… and fight hard. There were compensations for the last two years in Hollywood: I did without the parts I needed as an actress, and in exchange… I am free. I’ll never again play the part of a woman who never existed — though in a way they, too, are a challenge, as you have to reach within yourself to produce something that will make them appear alive.” (Deborah Kerr)
Interviewer: “Of all the British actresses who’ve worked in cinema, you’re the one who’s really lasted. What’s your secret?”
Deborah Kerr, on the set of Casino Royale (1967)
Deborah Kerr en balade à Saint Paul de Vence, 1962.