awards & nominations

The Sundowners (1960)

Deborah Kerr as "Ida Carmody"

In 1920s Australia, Paddy Carmody (Robert Mitchum) is a roaming Irish sheepherder who loves his nomadic lifestyle. His wife, Ida (Deborah Kerr), and young son, Sean (Michael Anderson Jr.), don't share his wanderlust, and family tensions come to a head after Ida persuades Paddy to settle down with a steady job. Meanwhile, the family's boarder (Peter Ustinov) has to contend with the rigors of outback life and the attentions of a hotel-keeper (Glynis Johns) looking to land a husband.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1961)NominatedBritish Actress
Academy Award (1960)NominatedActress

Separate Tables (1958)

Deborah Kerr as "Sibyl Railton-Bell"

During the off-season at the Beauregard Hotel, the secrets of some guests are exposed. Lovely but vulnerable Ann Shankland (Rita Hayworth) travels to the hotel in hopes of starting over with her ex-husband, John (Burt Lancaster), but she does not know that he is already engaged to Pat Cooper (Wendy Hiller), the manager of the hotel. Meanwhile, Mrs. Railton-Bell (Gladys Cooper) and her daughter Sibyl (Deborah Kerr) discover the hidden truth about war veteran Major Pollack (David Niven).

Academy Award (1958)NominatedActress
Golden Globe (1958)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

Tea and Sympathy (1956)

Deborah Kerr as "Laura Reynolds"

Tom Lee (John Kerr) is more interested in the arts than in sports, something that sits uneasily with both his father and his classmates. Tom's school house master Bill Reynolds (Leif Erickson) even gives him a hard time for his "effeminate" interests. When Tom visits the town tramp, to sleep with her and thereby prove he is a '"real man,"' she winds up falsely accusing him of rape. The wife of the headmaster (Deborah Kerr) sympathizes with Tom and tries to help him with her own overtures.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1957)NominatedBritish Actress

Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)

Deborah Kerr as "Sister Angela"

A Roman Catholic nun and a hard-bitten US Marine are stranded together on a Japanese-occupied island in the South Pacific during World War II. Under constant threat of discovery by a ruthless enemy, they hide in a cave and forage for food together. Their forced companionship and the struggle for survival forge a powerful emotional bond between them.

Academy Award (1957)NominatedActress
Golden Globe (1957)NominatedBest Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama

The King and I (1956)

Deborah Kerr as "Anna Leonowens"

In this film adaptation of the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical, widowed Welsh mother Anna Loenowens (Deborah Kerr) becomes a governess and English tutor to the wives and many children of the stubborn King Mongkut of Siam (Yul Brynner). Anna and the king have a clash of personalities as she works to teach the royal family about the English language, customs and etiquette, and rushes to prepare a party for a group of European diplomats who must change their opinions about the king.

Academy Award (1956)NominatedActress
Golden Globe (1956)WonActress in a Leading Role - Musical or Comedy

The End of the Affair (1955)

Deborah Kerr as "Sarah Miles"

During the 1940s, Maurice Bendrix (Van Johnson), a writer recently discharged from the armed service, falls in love with Sarah Miles (Deborah Kerr), whom he interviews for a book. Sarah is married, but she and Maurice eventually give in to their mutual attraction, leading to an affair that lasts several months. Maurice's jealousy, along with the bombing of London by the Germans, seemingly lead to the end of their relationship. However, the reasons are later revealed to be more complex.

British Academy of Film & Television Arts (1955)NominatedBritish Actress

From Here to Eternity (1953)

Deborah Kerr as "Karen Holmes"

At an Army barracks in Hawaii in the days preceding the attack on Pearl Harbor, lone-wolf soldier and boxing champion "Prew" Prewitt (Montgomery Clift) refuses to box, preferring to play the bugle instead. Hard-hearted Capt. Holmes (Philip Ober) subjects Prew to a grueling series of punishments while, unknown to Holmes, the gruff but fair Sgt. Warden (Burt Lancaster) engages in a clandestine affair with the captain's mistreated wife (Deborah Kerr).

Academy Award (1953)NominatedActress

Edward, My Son (1949)

Deborah Kerr as "Evelyn Boult"

Businessman Arnold Boult (Spencer Tracy) is obsessed with helping his son, Edward (who is never shown), to become successful, regardless of the consequences. Much to the dismay of his wife, Evelyn (Deborah Kerr), Arnold makes one drastic decision after another in an attempt to help his son, including committing arson and ruining the lives of those around him. Despite the extremity of Arnold's single-minded efforts, his son continues on the path of alcoholism and self-destruction.

Academy Award (1949)NominatedActress
Golden Globe (1949)NominatedActress in a Leading Role