Durbin, Deanna

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 5, 2004

(1921-fl. 1995)

    Youthful singer given credit for saving Universal Studios from bankruptcy in the 1930s with musicals based on her marvelous singing voice and her wholesome sweetness. Durbin is caricatured as “Deanna Terrapin” in The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (Tashlin, 1937), and again, singing a soprano solo, in Malibu Beach Party (Freleng, 1940). The same solo would be used in Back Alley Oproar (Freleng, 1948).

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