Deborah's most memorable movie role was playing Gloria Revelle in the erotic thriller “Body Double.” The 1984 film directed by Brian De Palma paid homage to Alfred Hitchcock's classic trio of films “Vertigo,” “Rear Window,” and “Dial M for Murder.”
As a beautiful, wealthy neighbor who arouses the main character (Craig Wasson) by performing an erotic dance at her window nightly, Deborah's character was brutually murdered by a psycho with a power drill and a foot-long bit.
The terrified expression on her face was real. “At one point the drill was an inch from my nose. When they turned that drill on, all the hairs on my spine stood up.”
Deborah had creative differences with De Palma; mostly, she didn't understand why her character didn't fight back when attacked by her assailant.
“Who stands around like that?” she asked. “Brian kept saying, 'Pathos, Debbie, pathos,' and I'm thinking, 'Stupidity, Brian, stupidity.'”
She told People magazine that she agreed to go along with the scene because she viewed the film as an avenue to becoming a bigger star. “Even if it's terrible, it's going to be seen.”