Edna Mae Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 17, 2013), known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian-born actress and singer who later settled in France. She appeared in musical films in the 1930s and 1940s. With the technical skill and vocal range of a legitimate lyric soprano, she performed many styles from popular standards to operatic arias.
Durbin was a child actress who made her first film appearance with Judy Garland in Every Sunday (1936), and subsequently signed a contract with Universal Studios. Her success as the ideal teenaged daughter in films such as Three Smart Girls (1936) was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy. In 1938, at the age of 17, Durbin was awarded the Academy Juvenile Award.
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 (1944) and the whodunit Lady on a Train (1945) were, however, not as well received as her musical comedies and romances had been. Durbin retired from acting and singing in 1949, and withdrew from public life, granting only one interview for the remainder of her life, in 1983. She married film producer-director Charles Henri David in 1950, and the couple moved to a farmhouse near Paris.
Birth and Death Data: Born December 4, 1921 (Winnipeg), Died April 17, 2013 (Paris)
Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1936 - 1971
Roles Represented in DAHR: vocalist
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Recordings (Results 1-25 of 63 records)
|Company||Matrix No.||Size||First Recording Date||Title||Primary Performer||Description||Role||Audio|
|Decca||61475||10-in.||12/12/1936||Someone to care for me||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||61476||10-in.||12/12/1936||Il bacio||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||61481||10-in.||12/15/1936||Il bacio (The kiss)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||61482||10-in.||12/15/1936||Someone to care for me||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 963||10-in.||9/23/1937||Libiamo n' lieti calici (from La Traviata) (Verdi)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 964||10-in.||9/23/1937||It's raining sunbeams||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1695||10-in.||12/12/1938||Les filles de Cadix (The maids of Cadiz) (Delibes)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1696||10-in.||12/12/1938||My own||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1755||10-in.||4/5/1939||Alleluja (Mozart)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1756||10-in.||4/5/1939||Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1810||10-in.||7/7/1939||Because||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1811||10-in.||7/7/1939||The last rose of summer||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1812||10-in.||7/7/1939||Home. sweet home||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1828||12-in.||7/21/1939||One fine day||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1829||12-in.||7/21/1939||Spring in my heart||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1960||10-in.||2/28/1940||Musetta's waltz song (from La Boheme) (Puccini)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1961||10-in.||2/28/1940||Ave Maria (Schubert)||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1962||10-in.||2/28/1940||Amapola||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1963||10-in.||2/28/1940||Loch Lomond||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 1964||10-in.||2/28/1940||Love is all||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2092||10-in.||8/29/1940||Blue Danube dream||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2093||10-in.||8/29/1940||Waltzing in the clouds||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2094||10-in.||8/29/1940||It' s foolish. but it's fun||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2095||10-in.||8/29/1940||When April sings||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
|Decca||DLA 2370||10-in.||1/22/1941||Beneath the lights of home||Deanna Durbin||vocalist|
Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Durbin, Deanna," accessed July 5, 2022, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313255.
Durbin, Deanna. (2022). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved July 5, 2022, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313255.
"Durbin, Deanna." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2022. Web. 5 July 2022.
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