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Winnipeg-born actress Deanna Durbin dies at 91

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Deanna Durbin, a Winnipeg native who became a Hollywood star, has died at age 91.

The BBC has reported the announcement was confirmed by her son, Peter H. David, in a newsletter to her fans on April 30 saying she died "a few days ago".

Durbin was born Edna Mae Durbin in Winnipeg in 1921 and moved to California with her family in 1923.

Her film debut was in 1936 at age 14 in the MGM short film Every Sunday, where she co-starred with Judy Garland.

She signed on with the Universal Studios and reportedly saved it from bankruptcy with her ensuing star power.

In 1937 she appeared in her first Universal Studies movie Three Smart Girls, which was nominated for an Oscar that year for best picture. She was awarded a Juvenile Academy Award in 1939 along with fellow teen star Mickey Rooney.

In 1947, she was reportedly the highest-paid star in the United States. She abruptly retired from the film business in 1949 at age 27 after 21 movies and a successful career as a recording artist. She moved to France where she married film director Charles David and raised two children out of the public eye.

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Updated on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM CDT: adds photo.

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