Edna Mae Durbin (December 4, 1921 – April 17, 2013), known professionally as Deanna Durbin, was a Canadian-born actress and singer, who moved to the USA with her family in infancy. 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. She achieved success as the ideal teenaged daughter in films such as Three Smart Girls (1936), One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937), and It Started with Eve (1941). Her work was credited with saving the studio from bankruptcy, and led to Durbin being awarded the Academy Juvenile Award in 1938.
As she matured, Durbin grew dissatisfied with the girl-next-door roles assigned to her and attempted to move into sophisticated non-musical roles with film noir Christmas Holiday (1944) and the whodunit Lady on a Train (1945). These films, produced by frequent collaborator and second husband Felix Jackson, were not as successful; she continued in musical roles until her retirement. Upon her retirement and divorce from Jackson in 1949, Durbin married producer-director Charles Henri David and moved to a farmhouse near Paris. She withdrew from public life, granting only one interview on her career in 1983.
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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 November 30, 2023, https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313255.
Durbin, Deanna. (2023). In Discography of American Historical Recordings. Retrieved November 30, 2023, from https://adp.library.ucsb.edu/names/313255.
"Durbin, Deanna." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2023. Web. 30 November 2023.
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