Friday Glam Spam: Deanna Durbin

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This week’s Friday Glam Spam is Deanna Durbin (born December 4, 1921), the All-American Canadian girl whose singing skills and special brand of bubbly charm single-handedly saved Universal Studios from bankruptcy in the late 1930s. Debuting alongside Judy Garland in 1936’s Every Sunday and achieving success in Three Smart Girls that same year, in 1938 Durbin was honored with the special Academy Juvenile Award (the Mini-Oscar), along with Mickey Rooney, “for their significant contribution in bringing to the screen the spirit and personification of youth, and as juvenile players setting a high standard of ability and achievement.” However, Durbin (who in private life always kept her given name of Edna Mae) made a push for independence in 1941 when she refused to appear in They Lived Alone, which was to be helmed by Three Smart Girls director Henry Koster. After a brief suspension from the studio, Universal finally gave in, canceling the project and promising Durbin full approval of her directors, stories, and songs from then on. After a failed attempt to finally shed her girl-next-door image with the films noir Christmas Holiday (1944) and Lady on a Train (1945), Durbin retired permanently from acting and singing in 1949. She moved to Paris, married her Lady on a Train director Charles David, and withdrew completely from public life. Presumably she is still in Paris to this day, where Edna Mae Durbin will turn 89 tomorrow. Consider this a special birthday tribute to her “Deanna” persona.

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Pants!! <3

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Little lo-res for my usual standards, but it’s so cute I couldn’t resist!

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