Debbie Reynolds Biography
Debbie Reynolds born Mary Frances Reynolds, was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian. She was born on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, to Maxene and Raymond Francis Reynolds.
Reynolds was first discovered by talent scouts from Warner Bros. and MGM who were at the 1948 Miss Burbank contest. Both companies wanted her to sign up with their studio and had to flip a coin to see which one got her. Warner won the coin toss, and she was with the studio for two years. When Warner Brothers stopped producing musicals, she moved to MGM. With MGM, Reynolds regularly appeared in movie musicals during the 1950s and had several hit records during the period.
She was 20 when the film opened and her career kicked into high gear. She was next given the female lead in “The Affairs of Dobie Gillis,” co-starring Bobby Van, and segued into another musical comedy, “Give a Girl a Break,” with Marge and Gower Champion.
On loan to RKO, she impressed in the comedy “Susan Slept Here,” with Dick Powell as a screenwriter who must deal with a juvenile delinquent, played by Reynolds, on Christmas Eve. After the film became a hit, Reynolds’ contract was renegotiated. While she was assigned to lackluster musicals such as “Athena” and “Hit the Deck,” the comedies were better, such as “The Tender Trap,” with Frank Sinatra.
And she made a big impression in her dramatic turn as Bette Davis’s daughter in Gore Vidal’s adaptation of Paddy Chayevsky’s “The Catered Affair” (1956). In 1956, she also starred in RKO’s “Bundle of Joy” (a musical remake of “Bachelor Mother”) opposite crooner Eddie Fisher, whom she had recently married.
“Tammy and the Bachelor,” which featured her million-selling single of the ballad “Tammy,” defined Reynolds and may have limited her to roles as the wholesome all-American type. She went on to play essentially the same part in such films as “The Mating Game” and “The Pleasure of His Company,” with only the occasional tart turn in movies such as “The Rat Race.”
Reynolds had one of the principal roles in 1962’s all-star Cinerama epic “How the West Was Won.” And in the 1960s she remained a star, despite the ho-hum box office performances of “Mary, Mary,” “Goodbye Charlie” and “The Singing Nun.”
When Shirley MacLaine dropped out of 1964’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” Reynolds got her best chance to shine centerstage in a musical comedy about the real-life woman who went from rags to riches and survived the Titanic sinking. (One of the show’s signature songs, “I Ain’t Down Yet,” became an unofficial anthem for the actress as she survived all the turmoil in her life.)
She had two of her best roles in “Divorce, American Style,” directed by Bud Yorkin and co-written by Norman Lear; and the 1971 black-comedy suspenser “What’s the Matter With Helen?” with Shelley Winters. But her movie roles were slowing down and the actress tried series television; “The Debbie Reynolds Show” lasted only one season on NBC from 1969-70.
In 1955 Reynolds was among the young actors who founded the Thalians, a charitable organization aimed at raising awareness and providing treatment and support for those suffering from mental health issues; Reynolds was elected president of the organization in 1957 and served in that role for more than five decades, and she and actress Ruta Lee alternated as chair of the board. Through Reynolds’ efforts, the Thalians donated millions of dollars to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai (closed in 2012) and to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which provides medical and psychological services to wounded veterans and their families.
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Debbie Reynolds Marriages – Debbie Reynolds Husbands
Reynolds was married three times. Her first marriage was to singer Eddie Fisher in 1955. Together they became the parents of Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. The couple divorced in 1959 when Eddie Fisher had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor shortly after the death of Taylor’s husband Mike Todd.
Reynolds’ second marriage was to businessman Harry Karl. The marriage lasted from 1960 to 1973. Reynolds’ third marriage was to real estate developer Richard Hamlett from 1984 to 1996.
Debbie Reynolds Children – Debbie Reynolds Daughter – Debbie Reynolds Son
She has a daughter Carrie Fisher,an American actress, writer, and humorist, and a son Todd Fisher,an American actor, director, cinematographer, and producer of television films and documentaries, from her first marriage to singer Eddie Fisher.
Debbie Reynolds Age
She died at the age of 84.
How Did Debbie Reynolds Die
Debbie Reynolds death is not well explained of a broken heart. she had suffered from several health problems, doctors said many factors could have contributed to her death, possibly from a stroke.
Debbie Reynolds Quotes
- Singing in the Rain and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life.
- I never dreamt of being in the movies. I was from a very average, a rather poor family, so my big treat was to work hard all week. I mowed lawns,babysat,washed dishes and washed cars to go to the movies.
- Anything worthwhile is hard,dancing is very hard, and if you’ve ever studied dancing of any kind you’d know that to be in precision, three people dancing together.
- I gave all that I had, and it’s gratifying that others seem to be receiving it so well.
- As you train and as you develop your talents, you do get better, hopefully, or you get out of the business.
- I miss the movies. Still, I understood that my kind of movie has had its day. I thought it was over for me.
- I feel sorry for the young people today. I think there’s too much paparazzi and not enough protection.
- People used to call me “Debbie Reynolds’ daughter,” now they call me “Princess Leia’s mother!”
- I think one of my favorite films is Dark Victory with Bette Davis. Why? She was so wonderful in that film. And maybe I
- just want a good cry once in a while without having to go through a divorce.
- I’ll just stay in show business till they stuff me like Trigger, when I drop dead.
Debbie Reynolds Auction
Profiles in History announced the results of their Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Personal Property Auction.The auction had items for collectors and fans who want to own something special that belonged to Carrie or Debbie. Many of the smaller items sold for amounts far exceeding their estimates, like Carrie Fisher’s personal “Princess Leia” LEGO-style mini figure that sold for $3,520, Carrie Fisher’s SIGNED box of 30 unopened original 1st series Star Wars trading cards that sold for $3,520 and her Jawas Christmas card that sold for $3,300.
Is Ryan Reynolds Related To Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds was not related to Burt Reynolds. Ryan Reynolds’s parents are Ines and James Reynolds. There is absolutely no proven familial ties between these three actors.
Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Death
Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency on a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016 and died on December 27 at the age of 60. Reynolds was taken by ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on December 28,2016 after suffering a Later that afternoon, Reynolds was pronounced dead in the hospital; she was 84 years old. intracerebral hemorrhage, with hypertension a contributing factor.
How Old Was Debbie Reynolds In Singing In The Rain
Reynolds was just 19 years old when she accepted the role of Kathy Selden in the musical” Singin’ in the Rain”.
Debbie Reynolds Movies – Debbie Reynolds Films
- June Bride
- The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady
- Three Little Words
- Two Weeks with Love
- Mr. Imperium
- Singin’ in the Rain
- Skirts Ahoy!
- I Love Melvin
- The Affairs of Dobie Gillis
- Give a Girl a Break
- Susan Slept Here
- Hit the Deck
- The Tender Trap
- Meet Me in Las Vegas
- The Catered Affair
- Bundle of Joy
- Tammy and the Bachelor
- This Happy Feeling
- The Mating Game
- Say One for Me
- It Started with a Kiss
- The Gazebo
- The Rat Race
- The Pleasure of His Company
- The Second Time Around
- How the West Was Won
- My Six Loves
- Mary, Mary
- The Unsinkable Molly Brown
- The Singing Nun Sister Ann
- Divorce American Style
- How Sweet It Is!
- What’s the Matter with Helen?
- Charlotte’s Web
- Busby Berkeley
- That’s Entertainment!
- Aloha Paradise
- Sadie and Son
- Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder
- The Golden Girls
- Battling for Baby
- The Bodyguard
- Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul
- Heaven & Earth
- That’s Entertainment! III
- Wedding Bell Blues
- In & Out
- Kiki’s Delivery Service
- Zack and Reba
- Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie
- The Christmas Wish
- Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
- A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story
- Will & Grace Bobbi Adler
- Keepers of the Frame
- Rugrats in Paris: The Movie
- Virtual Mom
- Rugrats: Acorn Nuts & Diapey Butts
- These Old Broads
- Halloweentown II: Kalabar’s Revenge
- Cinerama Adventure
- Generation Gap
- Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales
- Connie and Carla
- Halloweentown High
- Return to Halloweentown
- Cameo appearance
- Lolo’s Cafe
- Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project
- Light of Olympia
- The Jill & Tony Curtis Story
- Blaze of Glory
- The Brothers Warner
- Fay Wray: A Life
- The Penguins of Madagascar
- RuPaul’s Drag Race
- One for the Money
- In the Picture
- Behind the Candelabra
- The 7D Queen Whimsical Voice
- Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds