Actress and vocalist most widely known for starring while Kathy Seldon in the 1952 vintage Singin’ in the torrential rain. Her other main films consist of It Started having a Kiss, The Mating Video game, and Kiki’s Delivery Services. She also starred as Aggie Cromwell in Disney’s Halloweentown Television movies. She received the Miss Burbank beauty competition at age sixteen. Her dance was all her personal, but her performing in the films was frequently dubbed over. She wedded Eddie Fisher in 1955, as well as the few had two kids collectively: Carrie Fisher of the initial Celebrity Wars trilogy and fellow acting professional Todd Fisher. She starred with Tony Curtis in The CORPORATE JUNGLE in 1960.
Full Name Debbie Reynolds
Date Of Birth April 1, 1932
Died December 28, 2016, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California, United States
Awards Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award, Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actress in a Musical, Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actress – Comedy or Musical, Costume Designers Guild Award for President's Award
Nominations Academy Award for Best Actress, Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress - Comedy Series, Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy, Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer In A Children/Youth/Family Special, Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture
Movies Singin' in the Rain, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tammy and the Bachelor, How the West Was Won, Charlotte's Web, Halloweentown, Behind the Candelabra, In & Out, Goodbye Charlie, Bundle of Joy, Three Little Words, The Tender Trap, One for the Money, The Singing Nun, Return to Halloweentown, Two Weeks with Love, The Catered Affair, What's the Matter with Helen?, The Second Time Around, Kiki's Delivery Service, Susan Slept Here, The Rat Race, The Pleasure of His Company, Halloweentown High, These Old Broads, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, Hit the Deck, I Love Melvin, It Started with a Kiss, My Six Loves, Give a Girl a Break, The Mating Game, Divorce American Style, The Gazebo, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, The Christmas Wish, Heaven & Earth, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge, How Sweet It Is!, That's Entertainment!, Battling for Baby, Mr. Imperium, Say One for Me, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie, Pepe, This Happy Feeling, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, Meet Me in Las Vegas, Mary, Mary, Connie and Carla, Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder
TV Shows Will & Grace, The Golden Girls, Rugrats, Roseanne, The Love Boat, Aloha Paradise, Kim Possible, The Debbie Reynolds Show, Touched by an Angel, Alice, Jennifer Slept Here, Madame's Place, Hotel, Secret Talents of the Stars, First Monday, Light's Diamond Jubilee, The Eddie Fisher Show
Star Sign Aries
Despite being three years apart, both Reynolds and Jane Powell celebrate their own birthdays, every April 1 of each year.
She has English, some Scottish and German, and distant French, ancestry.
She reconciled with old nemesis Elizabeth Taylor to work on the made-for-TV movie These Old Broads (2001), written by Debbie's daughter, Carrie Fisher, with Taylor, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins. Debbie and Taylor were friends until the late 1950s when Debbie's then-husband, Eddie Fisher, began having an affair with Liz, then left Debbie and married Taylor. When they began working on "These Old Broads" together, Taylor told Debbie, "I owe you a lot". Debbie said, "I just got a lump in my throat when she said that".
In the process of relocating her museum to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A new Hollywood Motion Picture Museum is being constructed there by Debbie and her children Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. It opened in April 2005. [July 2004]
Was a Girl Scout.
Friends with Jane Powell; they share the same birthday.
She dedicated the Holland-America Line cruise ship the MS Veendam. [January 1996]
In 1964 she went into the hospital business, purchasing Oceanside Hospital in Oceanside, CA, for $1,000,000 with plans to turn it into a profitable business venture.
Her father entered her in a beauty pageant once when she was very young. She wore a bathing suit that her mother had mended that morning and a pair of her sister's high heels.
Close friends with Hugh O'Brian. Serenaded O'Brien and his bride, Virginia, at their wedding on June 25, 2006.
Although she wanted to be in show business, the Reynolds' family church, the Nazarene, forbade acting. However, Reynolds' father saw her talent and gave his support, seeing it as a means of paying her college costs. Her mother then gave her support knowing that there would be no "evil" going on in her movies. She mother knew her daughter had talent, but didn't understand why it was happening to her own daughter.
Her first appearance on Will & Grace (1998) was in the episode entitled "The Unsinkable Mommy Adler", a play on the title of the movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). She played both title roles.
President of The Thalians, an organization for the treatment of mental health at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles. Ruta Lee is the chairman. Both have been actively involved in building this celebrity run organization for over 30 years.
In 1969 she followed Doris Day and some of her contemporaries in launching a sitcom bearing her name. When the debut episode included an advertisement for cigarettes, a direct violation of one of her contractual stipulations, she made such a fuss about it that NBC ended up canceling the series.
Is a Majority Member in California.
She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 13, 1997.
Had planned to go into the education field (teaching physical education) before she won the Miss Burbank contest.
Was a member of the International Order of Job's Daughters. Is a past honored Queen of Bethel No. 97, Burbank, California.
In one of her guest appearances on Will & Grace (1998), she enters a room humming a bit of "Good Morning", which was a song she sang in her most famous musical, Singin' in the Rain (1952).
Made her Broadway debut in 1973 in the revival of "Irene". Although the reviews for the show itself were mixed, hers were all raves and she wound up with a Tony Award nomination the following year for Best Actress in a Musical. The production ultimately ran some 20 months. In 1976, she appeared in a one-woman, short-run (10 days - 14 performances) review named "Debbie!" at the Minskoff Theatre. Her only other Broadway appearance to date came when she succeeded Lauren Bacall in "Woman of the Year" in 1983.
At one particularly low point in her career, she confessed to literally living in her car, a Cadillac.
Considers herself a "movie-oholic" and has an extensive collection of memorabilia, with over 4,000 costumes from the silent screen period to the 1970s. She has been known to gather posters from her collection of 3,000 and drive to homes of actor pals for autographs. In the 1990s she turned her collection into a Las Vegas movie museum, but had to shut it down in 1997 because of financial problems. Recently she has looked into the possibility of opening up a hall of fame museum in Hollywood near Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
In 1975 she sold the Beverly Hills mansion she had lived in with Harry Karl. The house was reputed to be worth over $1,000,000. The buyer was Jim Randall, an industrialist who made aircraft rivets. When he married Marisa Berenson, the wedding was held in the redecorated home and his best man was his friend George Hamilton.
She made her first appearance at the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show on April 6th and 7th, 2002, at Beverly Garland's Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California.
Won the 1948 Miss Burbank contest and was offered a screen test by Warner Bros. the day after her win. She initially entered the contest because everyone who entered received a silk scarf, blouse and free lunch.
In 1984, with friends like Shelley Winters and Terry Moore, she made a rather restrained exercise video for "women of a certain age".
She appeared as Dan's mother, fresh out of the mental ward, during an episode of the sitcom Roseanne (1988). When she later appeared on Roseanne Barr's talk show, she revealed that during the filming of that episode, while she and Roseanne were wrestling in the back yard, Roseanne, quite unknowingly, accidentally broke one of her ribs.
[on the announcement that daughter Carrie Fisher is in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)] She's very excited about it . . . she's been on a diet ever since, because you know they have to be up to par, so she looks terrific, she's lost 40 pounds.
[on Carrie Fisher] People used to call her "Debbie Reynolds' daughter," now they call me "Princess Leia's mother!"
I only had radio growing up, so I loved going to the movies. I always had a thing for a fairy-tale ending.
[on the death of Tony Curtis] Nobody had a better time than Tony. He loved the ladies. He loved art. He loved this business more than anything. He was a great looking guy, handsome. We were all very close friends when we were young, a long, long time ago. But he had a wonderful life. He had a full life. He was a great, marvellous actor.
I do 20 minutes every time the refrigerator door opens and the light comes on.
Daddy had got us rooms in a motel until he could find us a house. There were not a lot of places available for a young family on our budget. Daddy went around to dozens of places. Nobody wanted kids. Finally, he found one in the hills south of Glendale. As usual, the landlady asked if he had kids. "Yep,' he replied. "A boy and a girl". "Well, whatta you going to do about them?" she wanted to know, implying that she didn't allow children. "I'm gonna take 'em out and drown them in the Los Angeles River, and come back tomorrow". That was my father--ask a silly question and just wait. She must have had the same sense of humor--we moved in the next day.
[asked what her favorite film is] I think one of my favorite films is Dark Victory (1939) 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 stopped making movies because I don't like taking my clothes off. Maybe it's realism but, in my opinion, it's utter filth.
Singin' in the Rain (1952) and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life.