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El Paso, Texas, USA
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Singin` in the Rain
Vocal Pop, Traditional Pop
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Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 - December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, entertainer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian and a noted former collector of film memorabilia.
Her breakout role was the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer. However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain, that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star.
Other notable successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her rendering of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, entitled Debbie.
She starred in How the West Was Won (1963), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), a biographical film about the famously boisterous Molly Brown. Her performance as Molly Brown earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other notable films include The Singing Nun (1966), Divorce American Style (1967), What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), Mother (1996 Golden Globe nomination), and In & Out (1997). Reynolds is also a noted cabaret performer. In 1979 she founded the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today.
In 1973 Reynolds starred in a Broadway revival of the musical Irene and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. In 1969 she starred in her own television show The Debbie Reynolds Show, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in A Gift of Love (1999) and an Emmy Award for playing Grace's mother Bobbi on Will & Grace. Reynolds is also known for her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney's Halloweentown series. In 1988 she released her autobiography titled, Debbie: My Life. In 2013, she released an updated version titled Unsinkable: A Memoir.
She is a noted businesswoman, having operated her own hotel in Las Vegas. Reynolds is also a collector of film memorabilia, beginning with the landmark 1970 MGM auction. She is the former president of The Thalians, an organization dedicated to mental health causes. She continues to perform successfully on stage, television, and film. In January 2015, Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In August 2015, it was announced Reynolds would be the recipient of the 2016 Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In 2016, a documentary about her life was released titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
On December 28, 2016, a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, Reynolds was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, in fair-to-serious condition after an unspecified medical emergency at her son's home.
She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Maxine (née Harmon; 1913–1999) and Raymond Francis Reynolds (1903–1986), a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. She has Scottish-Irish and English ancestry, and was raised in a strict Nazarene church. Reynolds was a Girl Scout and a troop leader (a scholarship in her name is offered to high-school age Girl Scouts).
Her family moved to Burbank, California, in 1939. At age sixteen, in 1948, while a student at Burbank High School, she won the Miss Burbank beauty contest. Soon after, she had a contract with Warner Bros and acquired a new first name. Her older brother Bill Reynolds graduated from Burbank High School in 1947.
Marriages and later life
Reynolds has been married three times. Her first marriage was to singer Eddie Fisher in 1955. They are the parents of Carrie and Todd Fisher. The couple divorced in 1959 when Fisher had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie Reynold's good friend at the time, shortly after the death of Taylor's husband Mike Todd. The Eddie Fisher-Elizabeth Taylor affair caused a serious public scandal, even leading to the cancellation of Eddie Fisher's television show at the time. In 2011, on The Oprah Winfrey Show, just weeks before Elizabeth Taylor's death from congestive heart failure, Reynolds explained that she and Taylor happened to be traveling at the same time on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth when they made up. Reynolds sent a note to Taylor's room, and Taylor sent a note in reply asking to have dinner with Reynolds and end their feud. The two reconciled, and, as Reynolds put it, "...we had a wonderful evening with a lot of laughs". The 1990 film Postcards from the Edge was written by Reynold's daughter Carrie Fisher and was semi-autobiographical, with the character of "Doris Mann" based on Reynolds.
Reynold's second marriage, to millionaire businessman Harry Karl, lasted from 1960 to 1973. He was previously married to Marie McDonald. Reynolds later found herself in financial difficulty because of Karl's gambling and bad investments. Reynolds recorded her last CD "Chrissy the Christmas Mouse" in the 90's with Donald O'Connor, arranged by Angelo DiPippo. It featured beautiful Christmas songs. This CD continues to be played during the Christmas Holidays and received rave reviews on Reynolds voice.
Reynolds was married to real estate developer Richard Hamlett from 1984 to 1996. In 2010 she appeared in her own West End show Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous. Since 1955, Reynolds has been active in The Thalians, a charitable organization, devoted to children and adults with mental health issues. In 2011 she stepped down after 56 years of involvement and is now an emerita member.
On December 23, 2016, her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on a Transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. On Christmas Day, Reynolds reported Carrie was in stable condition. Carrie died, however, at the age of 60 on December 27. On December 28—the day after her daughter's death—Reynolds was rushed to the hospital after a 911 call reporting that she was having trouble breathing. The transported patient was said to be in "fair to serious condition."
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John Burroughs High School
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Mary Frances Reynolds
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Raymond Francis Reynolds (1903-1986)
Maxine N. Harman (1913-1999)
Pier Angeli, Lita Baron, Pilar Wayne, Jane Powell, Yvonne De Carlo, Nancy Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, Lillian Burns, Agnes Moorehead, Lori Nelson, Rory Calhoun, Mala Powers
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Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer Carrie Fisher. With a career spanning almost 70 years, She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, and her breakout role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the Billboard music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled Debbie.
Actress, Singer, Dancer, and Writer
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Todd Fisher (son)
1948 - Present, 1948 - Present
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Scott Stander & Associates, Inc., Celebrity Talent International, World Entertainment Talent Agency
(1977) TV commercial for Singer Sewing Machines
www.biography.com/people/debbie-reynolds-9542071, www.nndb.com/people/609/000022543/, www.facebook.com/thedebbiereynolds
Place of Death
Los Angeles, California, USA
Cause of Death
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==Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds== (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. She was nominated for the [[Golden Globe Award]] for [[Most Promising Newcomer]] for her portrayal of [[Helen Kane]] in the 1950 film [[Three Little Words]], and her breakout role was her first leading role, as [[Kathy Selden]] in [[Singin' in the Rain]] (1952). Other successes include [[The Affairs of Dobie Gillis]] (1953), [[Susan Slept Here]] (1954), [[Bundle of Joy]] (1956 [[Golden Globe]] nomination), [[The Catered Affair]] (1956 [[National Board of Review]] [[Best Supporting Actress Winner]]), and [[Tammy and the Bachelor]] (1957), in which her performance of the song "[[Tammy]]" reached number one on the Billboard music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled [[Debbie]].