Deborah Kerr, who began her career in the early 1940s and became one of Hollywood’s top leading ladies in the 1950s in films such as From Here to Eternity, The King and I and An Affair to Remember, has died. She was 86.

We were reminded by one of our very much appreciated book reviewers, Sheila Merritt, that Kerr starred as a governess in the 1962 horror film, The Innocents. In the film, she arrives to live with orphans Flora and Miles in their shadow-filled, disquieting mansion. It isn’t long before the governess begins to believe that the two polite children are actually possessed by evil spirits – the souls of their previous governess and estate manager who are now dead.

If you haven’t seen it, rent it some night. It’ll be worth your time.

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