Debbie Reynolds
Actor, dancer and singer
Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds is an American actress, singer, and dancer. Initially signed at age sixteen by Warner Bros. , Reynolds' career got off to a slow start. When her contract was not renewed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) gave her a small but significant part in the film Three Little Words (1950), then signed her to a seven-year contract. In her next film, Two Weeks with Love (1950), she had a hit with the song "Aba Daba Honeymoon".
Biography
Debbie Reynolds's personal information overview.
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All About The (Gay) Love Of Debbie Reynolds
Huffington Post - 10 days
Like many film and theater fans, writer-performer Justin Sayre was left brokenhearted after learning that legendary actress Debbie Reynolds died late last year.  In his latest video for HuffPost Queer Voices, Sayre opens up about his “real weird connection” with Reynolds, recalling an interview in which the star offered a frank assessment of plastic surgery in Hollywood. Of course, his fandom didn’t stop there. “The woman could do anything,” Sayre said. “Seriously, have you ever gone online and seen Debbie Reynolds’s tambourine routine? Treat yourself.”  You can catch Sayre’s signature wit for yourself this weekend for the Feb. 19 installment of his variety show, “The Meeting,” which hits Joe’s Pub at the Public Theater in New York. Sayre’s “International Order of Sodomites” (I.O.S.) gathers once a month for “The Meeting,” a variety show honoring an artist or a cultural work that is iconic to the LGBTQ community. The February installment is dedicated to Broadway ...
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Therapy With Joel Grey & Opening the JFK Files
Huffington Post - 19 days
Listening to Tony, Golden Globe and Oscar winner Joel Grey narrate his life story,Master of Ceremonies, is like being in a nine hour, 19-minute therapy session with the singer, actor, performer. He describes his mother with variations on the word horrid. And while he uses the word authenticity a lot, the Cleveland-born Joel Katz changed his name to Grey along with an ethnic suppressing nose job. The sustaining thread throughout Grey's life is the uber-agonizing conflict he had over his sexuality. "I waged a sexual war with myself, he says. "Being gay was not an option" in mid-century America. Like many men, he closeted himself, living a secret life. He was married for almost half a century and had two children. But he talks about 'the look' that passes surreptitiously between two gay men at first meeting. He's very open about the multiple 'looks' and encounters he has had - starting at nine years old. One of the more affecting moments in Grey's story happens with his wife, J ...
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Here's How You Can Attend Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Public Memorial Service
Huffington Post - 30 days
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TV This Week, Jan. 22-28: Debbie Reynolds tribute, 'The Nice Guys' and more
LATimes - about 1 month
  SUNDAY The Falcons play the Packers for the “NFC Championship” then the Steelers face the Patriots in the “AFC Championship,” then the winners of each game will meet in Super Bowl LI in Houston on Feb. 5. Noon Fox; 3:30 p.m. CBS Nine two-person teams go on the lam, with a cool quarter-mil to...
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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Documentary Packs An Emotional Punch at Palm Springs International Film Festival
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Just weeks after the surprise deaths of mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the soul-stirring HBO documentary "Bright Lights" moved audiences to laughter--and tears--at the Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF), where it played to a packed house earlier this week. Other screenings of the deeply moving endeavor, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, are on the festival roster, but Wednesday night's screening was shrouded with intrigue and empathy for a number of reasons. For starters, it was one of the very first times people gathered en masse to view "Bright Lights" after the passing of Fisher and Reynolds last month. Fisher died on Dec. 27 from complications of a heart attack (she was 60); Reynolds died of a fatal stroke one day after her daughter (she was 84). Twist of fate or divine timing, the loss of the two famous entertainers left Hollywood and fans stunned and heartbroken. The PSIFF screening morphed into a rare opportunity for a lar ...
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The Queer Icons Still With Us In 2017
Huffington Post - about 2 months
There’s an urban legend that the Stonewall riots happened because gays were so upset by the death of Judy Garland. That never understood that until 2016, when we were all devastated by the loss of one queer icon after another ― David Bowie, George Michael, Debbie Reynolds, Alexis Arquette and so many more. There was even a rumor John Waters was about to go ― turns out he was just celebrating Christmas by passing a kidney stone. So don’t worry, John’s fine. And so are a ton of fabulous queer icons who are not just still alive, but producing some amazing work. And not just just kidney stones. Whether they’re gay themselves, or allies, or somewhere in between, the LGBT community’s role models are particularly important, since we’re often rendered invisible or closeted. When you hardly ever see your community held up as aspirational, you learn to be protective of the ones who make it, like Wanda Sykes, or the allies who’ve stood by us, like Cyndi Lauper. A lot of ...
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Debbie Reynolds' Cause of Death Revealed - E! Online
Google News - about 2 months
E! Online Debbie Reynolds' Cause of Death Revealed E! Online Nearly two weeks after Debbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84, the cause of her death has been revealed. The famed actress died from an intracerebral hemorrhage caused by high blood pressure, E! News confirms. An intracerebral hemorrhage is ... Debbie Reynolds' Cause of Death Revealed, Carrie Fisher's Death Certificate InconclusivePEOPLE.com Carrie Fisher: Hospital Confirms Heart Attack as Cause of DeathHollywood Reporter Carrie Fisher's Death Certificate Confirms Heart AttackNew York Times Us Weekly -AOL News -New York Daily News -PerezHilton.com all 79 news articles »
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HBO's Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Doc Will Break Your Heart (But You Knew That Already) - Refinery29
Google News - about 2 months
Refinery29 HBO's Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds Doc Will Break Your Heart (But You Knew That Already) Refinery29 HBO's documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is a romance between a mother and a daughter, and the story of a family in which show business is as much a member as any human being. Although their film was intended as a ... HBO film on Reynolds and Fisher becomes unexpected memorialFox News 5 things you need to know this weekendUSA TODAY Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds HBO documentary 'Bright Lights' is like a really good wakecleveland.com Daily Beast -OregonLive.com -Yahoo News -Independent Journal Review all 72 news articles »
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Looks Like Carrie Fisher's Ashes Are Resting In A Giant Prozac Pill
Huffington Post - about 2 months
Some of Carrie Fisher’s ashes were scattered near her mother, Debbie Reynolds, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California, on Friday morning. But Fisher, who had her own memorial on Thursday, had the last laugh, as it definitely, definitely looks like her ashes were put inside a giant Prozac pill, which is objectively fantastic. Just fantastic. I can't be positive, but I think Carrie Fisher had an urn made that looks like a prozac pill which is god damn genius of her. — Cher (@thecherness) January 6, 2017 @thecherness oh she totally did. pic.twitter.com/VPBFCJuqUV — Cher (@thecherness) January 6, 2017 The “Wishful Drinking” comic had been cremated earlier in the week, according to TMZ. That’s her brother, Todd, carrying her urn in the photo above.  “Carrie’s favorite possession was a giant Prozac pill that she bought many years ago. A big pill,” Todd explained to E! of the urn. “She loved it, and it was in her house, and Bil ...
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Everything You Need To Know Before Sunday's Golden Globes, Including Who Will Win
Huffington Post - about 2 months
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Debbie Reynolds
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  • 2015
    Age 82
    In August 2015, it was announced Reynolds would be the recipient of the 2016 Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
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    In January 2015, Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.
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  • 2013
    Age 80
    In 2013, she appeared in Behind the Candelabra, as the mother of Liberace.
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    In 2013, she released an updated version titled Unsinkable: A Memoir.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 2012
    Age 79
    Reynolds was hospitalized in October 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, due to an adverse reaction to medication.
    More Details Hide Details She canceled appearances and concert engagements for the next three months. Short subjects:
  • 2011
    Age 78
    In keeping with the celebrity tradition of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival of Winchester, Virginia, Reynolds was honored as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 ABF that took place from April 26 to May 1, 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In November 2006, Reynolds received the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Chapman University (Orange, California). On May 17, 2007, she was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Nevada, Reno, (Reno, Nevada) where she had contributed for many years to the film-studies program. See Also
    In 2011 she stepped down after 56 years of involvement, and is now an emerita member.
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    In 2011, first on The Oprah Winfrey Show only weeks before Elizabeth Taylor's death from congestive heart failure, Reynolds explained that she and Taylor happened to be traveling on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth at the same time when they made up.
    More Details Hide Details 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 her daughter Carrie Fisher and was semi-autobiographical, with the character of "Doris Mann" based on Reynolds.
  • 2010
    Age 77
    In 2010, she appeared in her own West End show Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous.
    More Details Hide Details Since 1955, Reynolds has been active in The Thalians, a charitable organization, devoted to children and adults with mental health issues.
    In June 2010 she replaced Ivana Trump answering reader queries for the weekly paper Globe.
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  • 1997
    Age 64
    In 1997, Reynolds was forced to declare bankruptcy.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1992
    Age 59
    She purchased the Clarion Hotel and Casino, a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, in 1992 and renamed it the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel, but it was not a success.
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  • 1984
    Age 51
    Reynolds was married to real estate developer Richard Hamlett from 1984 to 1996.
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  • 1983
    Age 50
    In 1983 Reynolds released an exercise video titled Do It Debbie's Way!
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  • FORTIES
  • 1979
    Age 46
    In 1979, she opened her own dance studio in North Hollywood.
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  • 1973
    Age 40
    Reynolds made her Broadway debut in 1973 in a revival of Irene, a musical first produced 60 years before.
    More Details Hide Details For that production, she received a Tony nomination. She toured with Harve Presnell in Annie Get Your Gun, then wrapped up the Broadway run of Woman of the Year in 1983. In the late 1980s, Reynolds repeated her role as Molly Brown in the stage version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown, first opposite Presnell (repeating his original Broadway and movie role) and later with Ron Raines. Reynolds was the 1955 Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year. Her foot and hand prints are preserved at the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard for live performance and a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars dedicated to her.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1970
    Age 37
    Reynolds has amassed a large collection of movie memorabilia, beginning with the landmark 1970 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer auction, and displayed them, first in a museum at her Las Vegas hotel and casino during the 1990s and later in a museum close to the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details On several occasions, she has auctioned off items from the collection. The museum was to relocate to be the centerpiece of the Belle Island Village tourist attraction in the resort city of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, but the developer went bankrupt. The museum itself filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in June 2009. Todd Fisher, Reynolds' son, announced that his mother was "heartbroken" to have to auction off her collection. It was valued at $10.79 million in the bankruptcy filing. The Vancouver Sun reported that Profiles in History has been given the responsibility of conducting a series of auctions beginning in June and continuing into December 2011. Among the "more than 3500 costumes, 20,000 photographs, and thousands of movie posters, costume sketches, and props" to be sold are Charlie Chaplin's bowler hat and Marilyn Monroe's white "subway dress", whose skirt is lifted up by the breeze from a passing subway train in the film The Seven Year Itch (1955).
    In what Reynolds has called the "stupidest mistake of my entire career", she made headlines in 1970 after instigating a fight with the NBC television network over cigarette advertising on her eponymous television series; NBC canceled the show.
    More Details Hide Details Reynolds continued to make appearances in film and television. She played Helen Chappel Hackett's mother, Deedee Chappel, on an episode of Wings titled, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother", which originally aired on November 22, 1994. From 1999 to its 2006 series finale, she played Grace Adler's theatrical mother, Bobbi Adler, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace, which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2000. She plays a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown film series as Aggie Cromwell. Reynolds made a guest appearance as a presenter at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997. She made a cameo role as herself in the 2004 film Connie and Carla.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1960
    Age 27
    Her second marriage, to millionaire businessman Harry Karl, lasted from 1960 to 1973.
    More Details Hide Details He was previously married to Marie McDonald. Reynolds later found herself in financial difficulty because of Karl's gambling and bad investments.
  • 1959
    Age 26
    In 1959, Reynolds recorded her first album for Dot Records, simply called Debbie, which included her own selection of twelve standards including "S'posin'", "Moonglow", "Mean To Me", and "Time After Time".
    More Details Hide Details Bing Crosby paid tribute to Reynolds in the sleeve notes accompanying the album thus: Someone recently said, and with reasonable accuracy I would think, that good singers make good actors. Evidence in support of this belief is available in the recent performances of Sinatra and Martin, for instance, but I would like to put forth also the proposition that the reverse is quite true: good actors make good singers. Assuming they can carry a tune. We all know that Debbie is better than a good actress—she's VERY good, and we all know she can sing with a lilt and a listenable quality that's genuinely pleasant and agreeable. Witness "Tammy". It was small surprise to me then that when I listened to this beautiful album she has etched for Dot, I found myself captivated and enchanted. Quite obviously Debbie had spent a great deal of time selecting the songs to be included, because she's made them her own, and invested them with a sincerity that's inescapable—of contrasting moods to be sure, but the moods are there, and to me, mighty effective. And that, mes amis, is artistry.
  • 1957
    Age 24
    Her recording of the song "Tammy" (1957; from Tammy and the Bachelor), earned her a gold record, and was the best-selling single by a female vocalist in 1957.
    More Details Hide Details It was number one for five weeks on the Billboard pop charts. In the movie (the first of the Tammy film series), she co-starred with Leslie Nielsen.
  • 1955
    Age 22
    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 shortly after the death of Taylor's then-husband Mike Todd, which caused a serious public scandal.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1951
    Age 18
    Her song "Aba Daba Honeymoon" (featured in the film Two Weeks with Love (1950) as a duet with Carleton Carpenter) was a top-three hit in 1951.
    More Details Hide Details Her most high-profile film role was in Singin' in the Rain (1952) as Kathy Selden. In Bundle of Joy (1956), she appeared with her then-husband, Eddie Fisher.
  • 1947
    Age 14
    Her older brother Bill Reynolds graduated from Burbank High School in 1947.
    More Details Hide Details Reynolds regularly appeared in movie musicals during the 1950s and had several hit records during the period.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Age 6
    Her family moved to Burbank, California, in 1939.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1932
    Born
    She was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, Texas, the daughter of Maxine (née Harmon; 1913–99) and Raymond Francis Reynolds (1903–86), who was a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
    More Details Hide Details 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).
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