Deborah Kerr on the set of Three Roads to Rome. Photo by Loomis Dean, 1961
“An actress must be enormously observant. When I enter a room,
for instance, I notice what people in the room are wearing. I observe how they sit, stand, talk.
I’m not a nosey busybody — all these things are grist to an actress’ mill. People are my perennial study. Everything I observe is put away deep within my memory, and whenever I need it I reach in and drag it out of my subconscious.” (Deborah Kerr)
“I suppose the part nearest me is Laura Reynolds in Tea and Sympathy. Of course playwright Bob Anderson didn’t know that, but he wrote Laura Reynolds and Laura Reynolds happened to be me. It was the coming together of a part and an actress - the same attitude to life, a certain shyness in life, a deep compassion for people who are being persecuted for anything.”
Deborah Kerr, visiting a US ship while shooting Heaven Knows, Mr Allison (1957) on location, in Tobago
She seems so personable and down to earth that I imagine her putting any starstruck fan at ease.