Born in Winnipeg, Canada as Edna Mae Durbin, she moved to California with her British mother and daddy when she was young. At 14, she appeared in "Every Sunday" with Judy Garland in 1936. Her second film, "One Hundred Men and a Girl" saved Universal Studios from bankruptcy.
The second highest-paid woman in America at 25, she was preceded by Bette Davis, according to the NY Times. Her fan club was ranked as the world's largest during her active years. She walked away from stardom at 28. Films "Christmas Holiday" in 1944 and "Lady On a Train" (1945) were her final exposures.
Durbin stayed out of the limelight, moving to France with her third husband, the French director Charles David. said her son, Peter H. David in the Deanna Durbin Society newsletter.
She gave only one interview in the decades that followed and rejected every single offer of a comeback.