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Post  English Crusader on Sun 6 Jan 2008 - 23:38

Edith (Durbin) Heckman is Deanna's one and only sister. Edith was born in Manchester, England on the 27th of December, 1909.



Because of the age difference between the sisters, some people thought Edith was Deanna's mother when they were seen in public together.


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Post  English Crusader on Fri 11 Jan 2008 - 9:25

Deanna was very close to her sister. In fact, that was the reason why Edna May chose a Christian name starting with "D" as a tribute to Edith who she called "Dee Dee" from a very early age. In turn, Edith called Deanna, "Eggnog" which is a whole other story.



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Post  English Crusader on Tue 15 Jan 2008 - 4:23

This is a photo of Edith greeting Deanna on her return from a trip to the east coast dated the 2nd of April 1938:



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 8 Feb 2008 - 21:43

Edith was the first to believe that her little sister had the natural talent to become an opera singer.

Little Edna May would sing Pal Of My Cradle Days as Edith played the piano.

James Durbin didn't have the money to pay for singing lessons, so Edith used her money instead!

Edna May started her singing lessons in 1932 at the Ralph Thomas Academy.

PAL OF MY CRADLE DAYS

What a friend what a pal only now I can see
How you dreamed and you planned all for me
I never knew what a mother goes through
There's nothing that you didn't do

Pal of my cradle days I've needed you always
Since I was a baby upon your knee
You sacrificed everything for me
I stole the gold from your hair
I put the silver threads there
I don't know any way I could ever repay
Pal of my cradle days

Greatest friend dearest pal
It was me who caused you
Every sorrow and heartache you knew
Your face so fair I have wrinkled with care
I placed every line that is there

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Post  English Crusader on Fri 8 Feb 2008 - 21:46

Edith Durbin married Clarence Deforest Heckman on the 27th of June, 1936 at the Robertson Boulevard Community Church. Clarence was a bank official. They grew up in the same neighbourhood and went to the same schools.

Deanna sang Because at the wedding.

The reception was held at the Women's Club of Culver City.

Deanna's pet name for Clarence was "Clarency" - just for fun!

NOTE: Clarence Deforest Heckman was born in 1909 and passed away in 1999.


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Post  English Crusader on Fri 8 Feb 2008 - 21:50

Edith majored in Education and English at UCLA.



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 15 Feb 2008 - 4:26

Edith had a son called Richard born in 1940 and Deanna was crazy about him!

Deanna would call Richard "Dickie" and in turn Richard would call her "Old Aunt" - but Deanna wasn't keen about that name!



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 10 May 2008 - 7:55

Deanna entertaining Dickie in her Brentwood home:



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 10 May 2008 - 7:56

Deanna loved to read stories to Dickie:




NOTE: The book Deanna is reading to Dickie is called "It's Smart To Be People" by George Price (1942).



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Post  English Crusader on Fri 23 May 2008 - 1:21

This photo of Deanna & Dickie was taken in September of 1943:



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 25 Apr 2009 - 12:36

Deanna gives Dickie a piano lesson:



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Post  English Crusader on Sat 28 Apr 2012 - 12:08

Deanna takes Dickie for a ride on her back:

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Post  English Crusader on Fri 14 Dec 2012 - 10:34

Deanna is writing a letter while Dickie scrambles on the floor:



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Post  English Crusader on Mon 25 Apr 2016 - 2:32

Deanna and Dickie playing with a soft toy:



In adulthood, Richard Heckman lived in Calabasas, California.


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Post  English Crusader on Mon 25 Apr 2016 - 2:35

Edith also had a daughter called Lois Elainen seen here with Deanna:

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Post  English Crusader on Mon 25 Apr 2016 - 2:36

Sad to say, there was a property dispute between Deanna and Edith which resulted in legal action, but it would seem the real quarrel was between the male members of the family. The assertion was that for some time Clarence Heckman had been acting as Deanna Durbin's business manager and that it was in that capacity he suggested the Brentwood house be placed in his name in order to ease the singer's tax burden. Deanna agreed and deeded the house to the Heckmans on the 5th of June, 1945, with the understanding they would hold it in trust for her. It wasn't until the 1st of May, 1946, when Deanna removed Clarence Heckman as her business manager, that she discovered in his records that he had transferred the house from her accounts to his. Deanna then demanded the return of the property, but on the 7th of May the Heckmans caused the house to be transferred to Paul and Marguerite Trousdale. The value of the house was $150,000, but the Heckman's sold it to the Trousdale's for only a $110,000 ($15,000 payable in cash and with a trust deed for the remaining $95,000). The Trousdale's, who were included as defendants in the legal action, had no idea they had stepped into a family feud, but they fought back and sued for title to the property. When the case hit the newspapers, Paul Trousdale was quoted as saying, "I just bought a house and found myself in the midst of a family squabble. What I didn't like was the insinuation that my purchase of the property had been made with the intent to defraud. We just wanted a place to live, my wife and I." The publicity led to the case being quickly and quietly settled out of court with Deanna saying it was all just a misunderstanding. The Trousdale's were happy with the result considering they got full title to the property. Deanna did everything possible to heal the family breach because of her genuine love for Edith.

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Post  English Crusader on Mon 25 Apr 2016 - 2:37

An elderly Edith Heckman lived in this nursing home in Glendale, California:

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Post  English Crusader on Mon 25 Apr 2016 - 2:39

Edith passed away on the 4th of February, 2010, in Calabasas, California, and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills.



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