The Pittsburgh Post Gazette , Dec 15, 1954
By Henry Ward
Here’s a prescription to wash away the cares that may infest your day:
Have a little chat with Deborah Kerr in her suite at the Carlton House. We did yesterday and came away with stars in our eyes. Miss Kerr, whose last name rhymes with street car is the star of “Tea and Sympathy,” the Robert Anderson play current at the Nixon.
Miss Kerr is the most surefire cure we have ever found for a case of the blues. She is one of the most charming, gracious, not to mention attractive, ladies of the theater that has come our way for a long, long time. She’s peaches and cream, so little wonder that, an interview that usually lasts for 20 minutes went on and on for more than an hour and then ended only because the wonderful red-head said something about wanting to wash her hair.
Born in England, Miss Kerr claims Scotland as the land of her birth. In Scotland they pronounce Kerr with a roll that comes out something like Kayair. No matter what they call her Deborah is known throughout the British Kingdom.
After a rising success in British stage and screen productions she came to this country about nine years ago. Since then and through the American screen she has endeared herself to countless Americans.
Now for the first time she is going forth in a stage role and in a play that is creating a sensation in the hinterlands just as it did on Broadway. A fact that is something for the books.
But more startling is the fact that Miss Kerr decided to go “on the road” with this Robert Anderson production is which she has been starred for more than a year.
This itself speaks for the spirit of this glamorus woman, for the in-the-theater-belief of this charming star, for this most unusual desire to “hit the road” that her vast movie public may see her in a stage role – possibly one of the best that shall ever come her way.
In the country Miss Kerr is known for her many movie roles. Who could forget her in “From Here to Eternity,” “Quo Vadis,” “Julius Caesar,” “End of the Affair,” “Dream Wife” and others.
We chatted at length about these movies at the Carlton House yesterday but sooner or later the conversation switched around to “Tea and Sympathy” and its vast possibilities.
The tour of which Pittsburgh is the fifth major city will continue until July. Then Miss Kerr goes to Hollywood to resume her movie career and subsequently play Laura Reynolds in the movie version of “Tea and Sympathy.”
Miss Kerr admits that Hollywood is going to be obliged to change some of the script for movie purposes but “they will find a way.”
It will be one of the few times that a stage star who created the role in a play, followed it through on the road, has ever been given the opportunity to play the same role in the movies. It seems Hollywood is learning – or do they know Deborah.