LONDON (AP) – British actress Deborah Kerr, who shared one of cinema’s most famous kisses with Burt Lancaster in “From Here to Eternity,” has died, her agent said Thursday. She was 86.
Kerr, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, died Tuesday in Suffolk, eastern England, agent Anne Hutton said.
Born in Scotland in 1921, Kerr began her career in regional British theaters and entertained the troops during World War II. Her first major screen role was in “Major Barbara” in 1941.
For many she will be remembered best for her clinch in the surf with Lancaster in the wartime drama “From Here to Eternity” – regularly voted among the greatest screen kisses.
Other memorable roles included Anna Leonowens, the British governess who falls for the king of Siam in “The King and I.”
Kerr is survived by her husband, Peter Viertel, two daughters and three grandchildren.