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Deanna Durbin, Hollywood Actress Died at 91 Years

May 2, 2013 12:21 IST

Deanna Durbin, the renowned face of Hollywood in 1930s and early 40s died on 20 April 2013 in the village outside Paris. She was 91 years of age.

About Deanna Durbin

• Deanna Durbin was among the highest paid stars in US in 1947. She retired at the age of just 27 years.
• She debuted in 1936 MGM short Every Sunday. She appeared with Judy Garland.
• She was born in Winnipeg, Canada in 1921.
• She was promoted by the producer Joe Pasternak.
• Deanna Durbin’s first movie was Three Smart Girls for the Universal studios. This movie was also nominated for best picture Oscar in 1937.
• In 1936, she also auditioned for part of Snow White.
• In 1939, she won Juvenile Academy Awards for her significant contribution to screen, along with her fellow teen stars.
• Her most notable achievement was that her films’ success saved the Universal Studios from Bankruptcy in late 1930s. It was estimated that her films accounted for 17 percent of overall revenue of the Universal Studios during that decade.
• In 1946, Deanna Durbin’s salary was 323477 US dollar, which made her the second highest-paid woman in America, behind Bette Davis.
• She retired from the films at the peak of her career in 1949 and moved to a village in France.

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