Hollywood legend and ‘English rose’ Deborah Kerr was actually born in Glasgow and now a blue plaque marks the house

Hollywood legend Deborah Kerr was born in a maternity home in the west end of Glasgow, according to new research.

Deborah who was known as a British actress was born in the city on 30 September 1921.

Her parents Captain Arthur Charles Kerr Trimmer and his wife Kathleen lived in Helensburgh for three years living in Helensburgh with the Captain’s parents.

New research by Glasgow’s Clyde College performing arts students has confirmed she was actually born in Glasgow, 100 years ago.

At the time the maternity home was situated in St James Terrace which is now known as Ruskin Terrace.

And following the discovery a blue plaque has bene posted at number 7 Ruskin Terrace where she was born .

Lecturer James McIvor told the BBC : “I know she’s always thought of as an English rose but we want to reclaim her as a Scottish thistle.

“We were making a documentary about Deborah Kerr, and we were focused on Helensburgh but when we asked for her birth certificate, we realised she was actually born in Glasgow.”

“This has been a long term project, and the more we found out, the more we felt it was important to mark where she was from.”

Deborah went to school in Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare and trained as a ballet dancer before becoming an actress.

She rose to fame with Black Narcissus, and also starred in 1953 film From Here to Eternity, with Burt Lancaster.

She also played governess Anna in the 1956 hit movie of Rogers and Hammerstein’s The King and I.


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