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Deana Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 17, 2013)

Edna Mae Durbin was born in Canada (Winnipeg) and appeared in romantic and musical films throughout the 1930s and 1940s. She had the technical skill and vocal range of a lyric soprano. Her first film role was with Judy Garland in Every Sunday in 1936. The film led to her signing a contract with Universal Studios and was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy thanks to her film roles as the girl next door. In 1938, at age 17, she was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award. As Durbin matured, she grew dissatisfied with the roles offered to her and attempted to portray more womanly and sophisticated women on screen. She starred in the film noir Christmas Holiday in 1944 and the whodunit Lady on a Train in 1945. None of these roles were well received and Durbin retired from acting in 1949 and withdrew from public life. In 1950 she married film producer/director Charles Henri David and they moved to a farmhouse near Paris. Durbin died on April 17, 2013 at age 91. The exact details have never been stated, only that she had passed away in Neauphle-le-Chateau, France.

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