Kerr, Burt Lancaster, "From Here to Eternity": Movie iconography
She has also died, and an obit with the famous picture is here. Solid actress, good resume ("The King and I," "The Chalk Garden," "Tea and Sympathy," "Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison"), six Oscar nominations.
But if I'm going to remember one Kerr movie, it's "From Here to Eternity." Love the movie anyway -- Lancaster, Donna Reed, Montgomery Clift, Ernest Borgnine, Frank Sinatra. (It's not a good day for Sinatra's co-stars, is it?) But Kerr was really good as the lustful, lonely adulteress, and however much that beach scene is parodied, it works in part because you bought into Lancaster and Kerr's characters. If nothing else, I hope her passing generates some looks back at her movies, whether through a TCM festival or some fresh activity at NetFlix.
And TCM has stepped up some. This is on its Web site:
TCM will change the schedule on Sunday, 10/21 to honor the career of Deborah Kerr. Please note the new lineup:
8:00 PM From Here to Eternity
* replaces Here Comes Mr. Jordan
10:15 PM Separate Tables
* replaces Heaven Can Wait