In 1938 she received a special Academy Juvenile Award, along with Mickey Rooney. Such was Durbin's international fame and popularity that she was mentioned in Anne Frank's diary as a personal favorite. She married an actor, Vaughn Paul, in 1941 and they were divorced in 1943. Her second marriage, to producer Felix Jackson in 1945, produced a daughter, Jessica Louise Jackson, and ended in divorce in 1949. She also had an affair with Joseph Cotten, sixteen years her senior, which was publicized by Hedda Hopper, whose chair an understandably peeved Cotten kicked out from underneath her just as she was about to sit down at a Hollywood affair, to the applause of spectators. By the mid 1940s Durbin had tried to assume a more sophisticated film persona in such films as the film noir Christmas Holiday (1944) and the whodunnit Lady on a Train (1945), but the public preferred her as the sweet and wholesome adolescent she had come to represent. She retired from public life in 1950, after her marriage to Charles David, who had directed her in Lady On A Train.
The couple moved to Paris, France, with Durbin vowing that she would never return to show business, and raised Durbin's second child, Peter David. Since then she has resisted all offers to perform and has refused to be interviewed, steadfastly asserting her right to privacy. Her husband, Charles David, died in Paris on March 1, 1999. Deanna Durbin has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1722 Vine Street. [From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia] Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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