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Use this to log in to your account, receive notifications and get handy updates from us. As she matured, Durbin grew dissatisfied with the girl-next-door roles assigned to her, and attempted to portray a more womanly and sophisticated style. The film noir Christmas Holiday and the whodunit Lady on a Train were, however, not as well received as her musical comedies and romances had been.
Durbin retired from acting and singing inand withdrew from public life, granting no interviews for the remainder of her life, except for one in She married film producer-director Charles Henri David inand the couple moved to a farmhouse near Paris. She had one older sister, Edith later Mrs. Heckman, born in England indied in California in At the age of one, Edna Mae was singing children's songs.
In earlyMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer was planning a biographical film on the life of opera star Ernestine Schumann-Heink and was having difficulty finding an actress to play the young opera singer. Durbin sang "Il Bacio" for the studio's vocal coach, who was When April Sings (From The Film Spring Parade) - Deanna Durbin - The Fan Club (CD) by her "mature soprano" voice. She sang the number again for Louis B.
Mayerwho signed her to a six-month contract. Durbin made her first film appearance in the short Every Sunday with Judy Garlandanother teenager. The film was intended as a demonstration of their talent as performers as studio executives had questioned the wisdom of casting two female singers together.
Eventually, Louis B. Mayer decided to sign both, but by then Durbin's contract option had lapsed. Instead, Durbin was placed under contract by Universal Pictureswhere she was given the professional name Deanna. She was 14 years old when she made her first feature-length film, Three Smart Girls Three Smart Girls was a success and established Durbin When April Sings (From The Film Spring Parade) - Deanna Durbin - The Fan Club (CD) a star.
During the s, Durbin continued to pursue singing projects. Inshe auditioned to provide the vocals for Snow White in Disney's animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfsbut was rejected by Walt Disneywho said the year-old Durbin's voice was "too old" for the part. In lateCesar Sturani, the general music secretary of the Metropolitan Operaoffered Durbin an audition. She turned down his request because she felt she needed more singing lessons.
De Segurola was commissioned to advise the Metropolitan Opera on her progress. Also inDurbin began a radio collaboration with Eddie Cantor which lasted untilwhen her heavy workload for Universal forced her to quit her weekly appearances.
The success of Durbin's films was reported to have saved Universal from bankruptcy. Producer Joe Pasternak said:. Deanna's genius had to be unfolded, but it was hers and hers alone, always has been, always will be, and no one can take credit for discovering her. You can't hide that kind of light under a bushel. You just can't, no matter how hard you try! The project was canceled when Durbin When April Sings (From The Film Spring Parade) - Deanna Durbin - The Fan Club (CD) Universal settled their differences.
In the agreement, Universal conceded to Durbin the approval of her directors, stories, and songs. Following the two sequels to her first film Three Smart GirlsDurbin issued a press release announcing that she was no longer inclined to participate in these team efforts and was performing as a solo artist. Joseph Cottenwho played alongside Durbin in the film, praised her integrity and character in his autobiography. Durbin took on a more sophisticated role in The Amazing Mrs.
Additional adult roles followed, including the film noir Christmas Holidaydirected by Robert Siodmakand the whodunit Lady on a Train While these adult dramatic roles may have been more satisfying for Durbin, her fans preferred her in light musical confections such as Can't Help Singingher only Technicolor film, which featured some of the last melodies written by Jerome Kern plus lyrics by E. A musical comedy in a Western setting, this production was filmed mostly on location in southern Utah and co-starred Robert Paige.
InUniversal merged with two other companies to create Universal-International. The new regime discontinued much of Universal's familiar product and scheduled only a few musicals. InDurbin was the second-highest-paid woman in the United States, just behind Bette Davis and inshe was the top-salaried woman in the United States. Her fan club ranked as the world's largest during her active years. Byhowever, her box-office clout began to diminish.
In private life, Durbin continued to use her given name, Edna; salary figures printed annually by the Hollywood trade publications listed the actress as "Edna Mae Durbin, player".
The studio allowed Deanna's contract to expire on August 31,and the three films never were made. Her former producer Joe Pasternak tried to dissuade her, When April Sings (From The Film Spring Parade) - Deanna Durbin - The Fan Club (CD), but she told him: "I can't run around being a Little Miss Fix-It who bursts into song—the highest-paid star with the poorest material. At some point, Durbin became an American citizen,  although it is unknown if her sister ever elected to claim citizenship.
Durbin married assistant director Vaughn Paul in ; the couple divorced in Her second marriage to film writer-producer-actor Felix Jackson in produced a daughter, Jessica Louise Jackson, but a divorce followed in In Paris on December 21,shortly after her 29th birthday, Durbin married Charles David, the producer-director of both French and American pictures who had guided her through Lady on a Train.
Durbin and David raised two children: Jessica from her second marriage to Jackson and Peter from her union with David. Over the years, Durbin resisted numerous offers to perform again. Top reviews Most recent Top reviews.
Top review from Canada. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. I found the Jasmine recording good. Not excellent but it could be due to less than high fidelity in the original soundtrack.
It should have included the Brindisi of Verdi's Traviata, it is one of Deanna's best performance: lively, brilliant and merry. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Verified Purchase. Absolutly fabulous! A beautiful woman with the most fantastic voice, she sings with such feeling it makes your neck bristle with goose bumps!! If you are feeling low listen to Deanna Durbin and 'i cant help singing'!
Guaranteed to put a spring in your step and make you feel happy. Bought for my 84 year old mum who is in a care home Report abuse. I liked this cd because it showed the range of Deanna Durbin's voice, it was very good and I enjoyed the older songs that she sang.
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