Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Deanna Durbin, who had Hollywood's biggest fan club but walked away from film stardom at 28, is dead at 91

The mother of the founder of AKSARBENT was a big Deanna Durbin fan. Now we see why. The fattened 16:9 version below, of the 4:3 ratio used in cinema in the 40s, obviously does little for Miss Durbin's face or figure, but it's a good clip — at 5:00, after the song is over, you see how inventive Durbin was at line reading and how much screen presence she had. Too bad the studio system led her to quit the movies.

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