Actor Deborah Kerr who had the most ‘famous kiss in Hollywood history’ was born in Glasgow – despite always being billed as an ‘English Rose’, campaigners have revealed.
Kerr and Burt Lancaster’s famous roll in the sea in the 1953 classic ‘From Here to Eternity’ made her a Hollywood star.
During her career she was billed as an ‘English Rose’ being known for playing reserved, well-spoken ladies.
But her Scottish roots have now been reaffirmed after a blue plaque was unveiled at her actual birth place – in Glasgow.
A group of performing arts students from Glasgow’s Clyde College discovered where she was actually born there 100 years ago.
They have revealed she was born in a maternity home in what was called St James Terrace.
Today called 7 Ruskin Terrace, the students have now unveiled a blue plaque outside – on what would have been her 100th birthday.
Lecturer James McIvor told the BBC said: “I know she’s always thought of as an English rose but we want to reclaim her as a Scottish thistle.”
It had been thought that the Oscar-nominated actress was born in Helensburgh, Scotland.
After moving south with her parents when she was just a few years old, Kerr was educated in Bristol and Weston-Super-Mare.
She died in 2007 aged 86.
By Ollie Buckley, SWNS
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