Debbie Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds

Born

4/1/1932, El Paso, Texas

Birth Name

Mary Frances Reynolds

Gender

Female
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Biography

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Debbie Reynolds was born April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas. She began her career at the age of 16 when she won a beauty contest for impersonating Betty Hutton. Her most memorable role was that of Kathy Seldon in 1952 for the film Singin in the Rain.…more

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  • Trivia

    • Debbie owns one of the pairs of ruby slippers made for the 1939 film "The Wizard of Oz". There were several pairs made, some for tests and some for use in the movie. Debbie's pair are a pair used as tests.

    • Debbie is 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.

    • Debbie initially entered the Miss Burbank contest because everyone who entered received a silk scarf, blouse and free lunch.

    • She also played Agatha cromwell..on Halloweentown, Halloweentown 2 and Halloweentown High.

    • Debbie was only 31 years old when she gave an Academy Award nominee performance in 1964 film The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

    • On January 13th 1997, Debbie received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her work in Motion Pictures.

    • In 1999, Debbie was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Palm Springs International Film Festival.

    • In 2005, Debbie was given the President's Award from the Costume Designers Guild for her collection and conservation of classic Hollywood costumes.

    • In 1957, Debbie had a top 10 song "Tammy" from the movie she starred in Tammy and the Bachelor.

    • Debbie's marriage to actor Eddie Fisher ended in divorce after he left her to be with Elizabeth Taylor.

    • In 2001, Debbie reconciled with old enemy, Elizabeth Taylor , to work on TV movie
      These Old Broads
      written by her daughter, Carrie Fisher.

    • In 1948, Debbie made her screen debut in the movie June Bride.

    • In April 2002, she opened the Hollywood Motion Picture Collection near the new Kodak theater which houses her vast collection of movie memorablilia.

    • In 1983, Debbie took over Lauren Bacall's role in the Broadway show Woman of the Year.

    • Debbie says that she has actually gathered posters from her collection of 3,000 and drive to homes of actor friends for them to autograph them.

    • Debbie has a very extensive collection of memorabilia that includes over 4,000 costumes from the silent screen period until the 1970s.

    • Debbie actually was never a dancer until she was selected by Gene Kelly to be his partner in the 1952 film Singin' in the Rain.

    • Debbie is a Majority Member in California.

    • Debbie was once a member of the International Order of Job's Daughters.

    • In 1973, Debbie made her Broadway debut in the revival of Irene.

    • Debbie was the winner of the 1948 Miss Burbank contest.

    • In July 1997, Debbie had to file for 'Chapter 11' Bankruptcy protection.

    • Debbie says the low point of her career came when she had to live in her car--a Cadillac.

  • Quotes

    • Debbie: I miss the movies. Still, I understood that my kind of movie has had its day. I thought it was over for me.

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