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 Deanna Durbin Collection

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Deanna Durbin

Songstress and Film Star, Deanna Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin on Dec 4, 1921, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The family moved to Southern California in 1923. Her older sister Edith recognized the youngster's musical talents and helped her to attend the Ralph Thomas Academy for singing lessons.

Deanna DurbinWhile taking her lessons she came to the attention of MGM Executives, who offered her a movie contract. Her first picture was a short feature, Every Sunday (1936), with another young singing talent, Judy Garland. The project was an extended Screen Test for the two girls as MGM Exec's debated the wisdom of keeping two young girl singers on staff. By the time Louis B. Mayer decreed they both could stay Deanna's option had elapsed, and she quickly signed with Universal.

Deanna's first feature length production was Three Smart Girls (1936), which brought the studio back into solvency after a near bankrupting management shakeup. (The story on Three Smart Girls who go to New York to prevent their father's remarriage would later be repackaged in Disney's Parent Trap.)

Studio official Rufus LeMaire felt that his new star and her picture would benefit from radio exposure, so he invited him to the Trocadero Club to her Deanna sing. Eddie was impressed, but wasn't confident the young talent would fit into the new show he was developing, Texaco Town. Finally LeMaire agreed to pay Deanna's fee to get her a spot on the premier of the show. Just after she started work on Three Smart Girls, Eddie introduced Deanna as his "sixth daughter" and she sang Il Bacio. The Texaco Town mail box was soon stuffed with requests to hear the young girl with the big operatic voice sing more and she became a regular on the program.

Radio work made its own demands on the young singer. She wasn't always in agreement with orchestra leader Jack Renard about tempo, and developed the habit of beating out the tempo as she sang in an unconscious effort to speed or slow the orchestra-Deanna Durbin Miss Durbin was only too aware there are no retakes on live radio! Deanna knew that a heavy meal before singing could affect her vocal range, so to perform her best she would have only a glass of orange juice before the broadcast. Afterwards it would be too late for a decent meal, so on broadcast nights she often went to bed on just a cup of hot chocolate. On top of it all there was the travel. Texaco Town primarily broadcast from New York, but often travelled to remote locations. Deanna's movie work of course was in Hollywood. On one occasion she missed three train connections and had to grab a TWA flight to catch up with the train in Albuquerque--flying was not the safest means of transport in 1936!

In 1936 Deanna auditioned to provide the vocals for Disney's Snow White. Imagine a 15 year old girl being told her voice was too old for the part.

Deanna Durbin would make 26 films. In 1946-47 she was the top salaried woman in the US. In December 1950 she married her third husband, director Charles David, in Paris, and then withdrew from public life. She maintains her privacy, and declines interviews.

Deanna Durbin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at a722 Vine St.

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Volume 1: 32 shows - 17 hours 23 minutes

Command Performance 420518 014 George Raft Deanna Durbin
Command Performance 440122 102 Bob Hope Deanna Durbin Dennis Day
Command Performance 440930 140 Deanna Durbin Jack Benny Ginger Rogers
Jack Benny Program 430530 484 Guest Deanna Durbin
Lux 380418 172 Mad About Music
Lux 440207 426 His Butlers Sister
Recollections At 30 560815 09 A & P Gypsies Pick & Pat
Screen Guild 440731 205 Good Fairy
Screen Guild Theater 390423 016 A Review
Screen Guild Theater 411012 086 Alice Adams
Screen Guild Theater 430524 145 Shadow Of A Doubt
Screen Guild Theater 480628 394 Up In Central Park
Shell Chateau 351228 039 Guest Deanna Durbin
Texaco Town 360920 01 First Show
Texaco Town 360927 02 Radio Station Broadcast
Texaco Town 361004 03 Advertising
Texaco Town 361011 04 Missing Radio Show
Texaco Town 361018 05 Putting Texaco On Map
Texaco Town 361025 06 Female Elephant
Texaco Town 361101 07 Bobby Wants A Raise
Texaco Town 361108 08 Football
Texaco Town 361115 09 From New York Hippodrome
Texaco Town 361122 10 Script Is Stolen
Texaco Town 361129 11 Script Is Found
Texaco Town 361206 12 Guest Leslie Howard
Texaco Town 361213 13 Cast Goes On Strike
Texaco Town 361220 14 Rehearsing For Texaco Town Follies
Texaco Town 361227 15 Texaco Town Follies Act 1
Texaco Town 370103 16 Texaco Town Follies Act 2
Texaco Town 370117 18 No Music For Program
Texaco Town 370124 19 Camille
Texaco Town 370131 20 Eddies Birthday

Volume 2: 33 shows - 15 hours 59 minutes

Texaco Town 370221 23 Balancing Budget
Texaco Town 370228 24 Government Radio Show
Texaco Town 370307 25 On Town In Hollywood
Texaco Town 370314 26 At Cocoanut Grove
Texaco Town 370321 27 Renards Parents Visit
Texaco Town 370418 31 Russian 99915 B
Texaco Town 370425 32 Wallington Wants To Quit Show
Texaco Town 370502 33 On A Picnic
Texaco Town 370509 34 How Eddie Met His Costars
Texaco Town 370516 35 Eddies Book On Marriage
Texaco Town 370523 36 Housetohouse Broadcast
Texaco Town 370530 37 Show Aired To England
Texaco Town 370620 40 Fathers Day
Texaco Town 370929 53 First Show Of New Season
Texaco Town 371006 54 Prisoner Of Zenda
Texaco Town 371013 55 Jimmy Gets Acting Fever
Texaco Town 371020 56 Eddie Starts A Movie Company
Texaco Town 371027 57 25 Years In Show Business
Texaco Town 371110 59 Men Fall For Fifi
Texaco Town 371117 60 Shooting Picture
Texaco Town 371124 61 Pinky Falls For Fifi
Texaco Town 371201 62 Movie Opens
Texaco Town 371215 64 Good Humor Water
Texaco Town 371229 66 Guests Dave Rubinoff Tony Martin
Texaco Town 380105 67 Listener Poll
Texaco Town 380112 68 Snow White
Texaco Town 380119 69 Eddie Buys A Race Horse From Pinky
Texaco Town 380126 70 Renard Rides Eddies Horse
Texaco Town 380202 71 Race Against Jack Bennys Maxwell
Texaco Town 380209 72 School For Radio
Texaco Town 380216 73 School For Radio
Texaco Town 380223 74 Mutiny On Bounty 2 Nd Half Only
Texaco Town 380309 76 Guest Gloria Swanson



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