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Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

  • Born on
    • April 1st, 1932
  • Died on
    • December 28th, 2016
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.[1] In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled 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 Brown earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other films include The Singing Nun (1966), Divorce American Style (1967), What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), Charlotte's Web (1973), Mother (1996) (Golden Globe nomination), and In & Out (1997). Reynolds was also a cabaret performer. In 1979 she founded the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today. In 1969 she starred on television in the eponymous The Debbie Reynolds Show, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. 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. 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. At the turn of the millennium, Reynolds reached a new younger generation with her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney's Halloweentown series. In 1988 she released her autobiography titled, Debbie: My Life. In 2013, she released a second autobiography, Unsinkable: A Memoir. Reynolds also had several business ventures, including ownership of a dance studio and a Las Vegas hotel and casino, and she was an avid collector of film memorabilia, beginning with items purchased at the landmark 1970 MGM auction. She served as president of The Thalians, an organization dedicated to mental health causes. Reynolds continued to perform successfully on stage, television, and film into her eighties. In January 2015, Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2016 she received the Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In the same year, a documentary about her life was released titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds; the film premiered on HBO on January 7, 2017. On December 28, 2016, Reynolds was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a medical emergency, which her son Todd Fisher later described as a "severe stroke". She died that afternoon, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

Filmography

Acting (48 Credits)

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2014And the Oscar Goes to...
2013Behind The Candelabra as Frances
2012One for the Money as Grandma Mazur
2004Halloweentown High as Aggie Cromwell
2004Return to Halloweentown as Agatha Cromwell
2001These Old Broads as Piper Grayson
2001Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge as Agatha Cromwell
2000Rugrats in Paris as Lulu Pickles (voice)
1998Halloweentown as Aggie Cromwell
1998The Christmas Wish as Ruth
1998Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie as Mrs. Claus / Mitzi / Mrs. Prancer / School Teacher (voice)
1997In & Out as Berniece Brackett
1996Mother as Beatrice Henderson
1993Heaven & Earth as Eugenia
1992The Bodyguard as Debbie Reynolds
1985That's Dancing!
1976That's Entertainment, Part II as (archive footage)
1973Charlotte's Web as Charlotte A. Cavatica
1971What's the Matter with Helen? as Adelle Bruckner
1968How Sweet It Is! as Jenny Henderson
1967Divorce American Style as Barbara Harmon
1966The Singing Nun as Sister Ann
1964The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Molly Brown
1964Goodbye Charlie as Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason
1963My Six Loves as Janice Courtney
1962How the West Was Won as Lily Prescott
1961The Second Time Around as Lu Rogers
1961The Pleasure of His Company as Jessica Poole
1960The Rat Race as Peggy Brown
1960Pepe as Debbie Reynolds
1959The Mating Game as Mariette Larkin
1959The Gazebo as Nell Nash
1959It Started with a Kiss as Maggie Putnam
1957Tammy and the Bachelor as Tammy Tyree
1956Bundle of Joy as Polly Parish
1956The Catered Affair as Jane Hurley
1956Meet Me in Las Vegas as Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
1955The Tender Trap as Julie Gillis
1955Hit the Deck as Carol Pace
1954Susan Slept Here as Susan Beaurgard Landis
1954Athena as Minerva Mulvain
1953The Affairs of Dobie Gillis as Pansy Hammer
1953I Love Melvin as Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy
1953Give a Girl a Break as Suzy Doolittle
1952Singin' in the Rain as Kathy Selden
1950Two Weeks with Love as Melba Robinson
1950Three Little Words as Helen Kane
1948June Bride as Boo's Girlfriend at Wedding

Herself (8 Credits)

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2016Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds as Self
2015Tab Hunter Confidential as Herself
2009The Boys as Herself
2007Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project as Herself
2004Connie and Carla as Herself
1998Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Herself (voice)
1994That's Entertainment! III as Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
1974That's Entertainment! as Herself - Host / Narrator

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