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Last Updated: Thursday, 18 October 2007, 17:03 GMT 18:03 UK
In pictures: Deborah Kerr's film career

Deborah Kerr plays patience

British actress Deborah Kerr has died aged 86. In a career spanning 46 years, she made almost 50 films including Prisoner of Zenda and Black Narcissus.

The Life And Death Of Colonel Blimp

She began her acting career on the London stage, before making the leap to film. In The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, she played three characters.

Deborah Kerr

She came to the attention of Hollywood producers as a nun in Black Narcissus and, shortly after the war, signed a 750-a-week contract with US film studio MGM.

Kiss with Burt Lancaster

In 1953 she made From Here To Eternity, famous for its torrid beach tussle with Burt Lancaster.

In Julius Caesar

Kerr's other co-stars included James Mason, with whom she shared the screen in an adaptation of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar.

With Cary Grant

1957's An Affair To Remember saw the actress team up with Cary Grant. The American Film Institute later ranked it fifth in its list of the 100 most passionate films.

In The King and I

Musical The King and I was one of six films that saw Kerr receive an Oscar nomination for best actress. However, she never managed to win the award.

Play For Today

In later years, she devoted more time to theatre work, but occasionally popped up on television. Here she is seen in a 1982 BBC production of Noels Coward's A Song At Twilight.

Winning an honorary Oscar

Kerr eventually received an Oscar statuette of her own when the Academy awarded her an honorary award in 1994.

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