Rest in Peace Edna Mae Durbin (December 3, 1921 ~ April, 2013)
In my 10th grade Canadian History class we had to write a paper on any famous Canadian we chose. I chose Deanna (knowing nothing at all about her other than she was in Every Sunday with Judy Garland - who I was already a huge fan of by that time), so I decided to research and write about her. I became captivated by her just by reading about her life. She was a truly remarkable woman and I admire her deeply. After turning in my paper, I immediately scrambled to find some of her movies and the first full-length Deanna Durbin film I ever saw was Lady on a Train and my love affair with her began and it’s still one of my favourite of Deanna’s films. She quickly became one of my favourite actresses.
I really can’t express how sad I am at hearing the news of her passing. She was a wonderful person, with a remarkable voice, always kind and appreciative to her fans, and one of the most underrated talents Hollywood has ever seen.
Rest in Peace, Deanna. You are already greatly missed.