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Also Known As: Mary Frances Reynolds Died:
Born: April 1, 1932 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: El Paso, Texas, USA Profession: actor, dancer, singer, hotel owner, museum operator

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Entertainer Debbie Reynolds embodied the cheerful bounce and youthful innocence of the post World War II era, buoying the genre's goodnatured hokum with her sincere charm and energy. One of a long line of girls-next-door like Doris Day and June Allyson, Reynolds was never as sultry as Day could be, and was more of a showbiz cheerleader and less of a tomboy than either. In her most successful films like "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957) and "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), she was often cast as a sincere young adult in the throes of puppy love - never the virgin chased by rogues like Day or the placid housewife like Allyson. Her squeaky clean image came in handy when, in the biggest Hollywood scandal of the 1950s, her then-husband, crooner Eddie Fisher, left her and their two children, Carrie and Todd, for sultry screen goddess, Elizabeth Taylor. Not surprisingly, the public was more than on Reynolds' side as the jilted wife. Once that furor died down, Reynolds was left to reinvent herself. In the late 1960s, when new sexual mores suddenly rendered the docile suburban female image a thing of the past, Reynolds shifted her focus to nightclub and theatrical stages. She was absent from the big screen for...

Entertainer Debbie Reynolds embodied the cheerful bounce and youthful innocence of the post World War II era, buoying the genre's goodnatured hokum with her sincere charm and energy. One of a long line of girls-next-door like Doris Day and June Allyson, Reynolds was never as sultry as Day could be, and was more of a showbiz cheerleader and less of a tomboy than either. In her most successful films like "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957) and "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), she was often cast as a sincere young adult in the throes of puppy love - never the virgin chased by rogues like Day or the placid housewife like Allyson. Her squeaky clean image came in handy when, in the biggest Hollywood scandal of the 1950s, her then-husband, crooner Eddie Fisher, left her and their two children, Carrie and Todd, for sultry screen goddess, Elizabeth Taylor. Not surprisingly, the public was more than on Reynolds' side as the jilted wife. Once that furor died down, Reynolds was left to reinvent herself. In the late 1960s, when new sexual mores suddenly rendered the docile suburban female image a thing of the past, Reynolds shifted her focus to nightclub and theatrical stages. She was absent from the big screen for decades but settled into a comfortable presence in the American fabric by returning to film in the 1990s with funny mom roles in films like "Mother" (1996) and "In and Out" (1997) and hysterical guest appearances as the over-the-top mother of Grace Adler (Debra Messing) on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Reynolds brought both self-mocking and nostalgia to these and other well-received comedic outings, using her persona as a perennially perky throwback to mine genuine laughs well into her 70s.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Letter to My Mother (1998) Director

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 Connie and Carla (2004) Herself
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 These Old Broads (2001) Piper Grayson
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 Rugrats in Paris - The Movie (2000) Voice Of Lulu Pickles
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 Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story (1999) Shirlee Huffman
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1939:
Moved from Texas to Burbank, CA with her family when she was seven (date approximate)
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Performed with Burbank Youth Symphony while still in high school; also appeared in high school plays
1948:
Named Miss Burbank
1948:
Signed with Warner Bros.; appeared fleetingly in a bit part in "June Bride"
1950:
Feature acting debut, "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady"
1950:
Signed by MGM; impersonated 1920s singing star Helen Kane in her first MGM film "Three Little Words"
1950:
Performed in "Two Weeks with Love"; duet with Carleton Carpenter became a hit song much-associated with both, "Aba Daba Honeymoon"
1952:
Acted in first feature lead and recorded original soundtrack album for "Singin' in the Rain"
1952:
Appeared on stage in "Stars of Tomorrow" at the Bliss-Hayden Theater in Los Angeles, CA
1954:
First starring vehicle not made at MGM, "Susan Slept Here"; made on loan-out to RKO
1957:
Stopped acting on a near-exclusive basis for MGM; maintained some contractual arrangements with the studio and worked there occasionally through the mid 1960s, but also began freelancing
1957:
Had No. 1 hit single on pop charts with the song "Tammy" from the film "Tammy and the Bachelor"; topped the singles charts for five weeks
1957:
Appeared as regular performer on variety series "The Eddie Fisher Show" (NBC)
1959:
Embroiled in press scandal when it came out that Elizabeth Taylor was romantically involved with husband Eddie Fisher
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Made annual exhibitors' poll of Top 10 box office stars two years in a row, placing fifth both years
1960:
Hosted first TV variety special "A Date With Debbie"
1961:
First began doing nightclub work
1964:
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
1967:
Hosted own TV special "And Debbie Makes Six"
1969:
Starred in first TV series, the NBC sitcom "The Debbie Reynolds Show"; also performed theme song; played role of Debbie Thompson
1971:
Last acting role in a feature film for over 20 years, "What's the Matter with Helen?"
1971:
Turned down role of Bobbie in Mike Nichols drama "Carnal Knowledge"; role played by Ann-Margret
1973:
Provided the voice of Charlotte for the animated feature "Charlotte's Web"
1973:
Starred on Broadway in a revival of the musical "Irene"
1974:
Last feature film appearance for nearly 20 years: served as one of the narrators of the popular musical compilation film "That's Entertainment!"
1975:
Starred in one-woman performance "The Debbie Reynolds Show" at the London Palladium
1977:
Played the title role of Annie Oakley in productions of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" staged in Los Angeles and San Francisco
1981:
Starred as Sydney Chase on short-lived ABC comedy-drama anthology series "Aloha Paradise"
1981:
Returned to Broadway to take over lead role in musical version of "Woman of the Year," previously played by Lauren Bacall and Raquel Welch
1983:
Played recurring guest role as the title character's mother Alice Farrell on NBC's "Jennifer Slept Here," starring Ann Jillian
1984:
Created and starred in own exercise video "Do It Debbie's Way"; released second exercise video "Couples (Do It Debbie's Way)" in 1988
1987:
Starred in first TV-movie, "Sadie and Son" (CBS)
1988:
Released memoir <i>Debbie: My Life</i>
1989:
Toured nationally with a production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
1991:
Hosted "Movie Memories with Debbie Reynolds" (AMC), where she introduced Hollywood films of yore, and talked with the stars after the film ended; series also marked producing debut
1992:
Made cameo appearance as herself in the drama feature "The Bodyguard"
1993:
Returned to features to play a supporting role in Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth"
1994:
Returned as one of the hosts of the compilation documentary feature "That's Entertainment III," revisiting the days of the classic MGM musical
1994:
Opened the Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, which she bought around 1991 and renovated for several years; also opened the Hollywood Movie Museum, filled with Hollywood artifacts she collected for years; regularly performed her nightclub act at the theater inside the complex
1996:
First leading role in a feature in 25 years, cast by Albert Brooks in title role of "Mother"
1997:
Received second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January); award originally approved in 1987, but was not bestowed for ten years
1998:
Starred in Disney Channel Original Movie "Halloweentown"
1998:
Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino sold at auction; retained contents of Hollywood Museum
1999:
Landed recurring role as Grace's (Debra Messing) overbearing mom on hit NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"
2001:
Co-starred in ABC movie "These Old Broads" alongside Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Collins; co-written by daughter Carrie Fisher and Elaine Pope
2004:
Appeared as herself in comedy feature "Connie and Carla"
2004:
Reprised role in "Halloweentown High" (Disney Channel)
2006:
Made third appearance in Disney Channel's "Return to Halloweentown"
2012:
Returned to features in big screen adaptation of "One for the Money," based on Janet Evanovich¿s novel and starring Katherine Heigl as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum
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Education

John Burroughs High School: Burbank , California -

Notes

Her singles, "Tammy" and "Aba Daba Honeymoon" were certified gold records.

She is Head of Harmon Productions.

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husband:
Eddie Fisher. Singer, actor. Married on September 26, 1955; divorced in May 1959.
husband:
Harry Karl. Shoe magnate, producer. Married November 25, 1960; divorced 1973.
husband:
Richard Hamlett. Real estate developer. Married 1985; filed for divorce 1994; divorced May 1996.

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father:
Raymond F Reynolds. Railroad carpenter; worked for the Southern Pacific Railroad.
mother:
Maxene Reynolds. Born c. 1912.
daughter:
Carrie Frances Fisher. Actor, author. Born October 21, 1956; father Eddie Fisher.
son:
Todd Emmanuel Fisher. TV commercial director. Born February 24, 1958; father Eddie Fisher; produced first feature film, "Twogether" (1992).
step-daughter:
Denise Karl. Father Harry Karl.
step-son:
Harrison Karl. Father Harry Karl.
step-daughter:
Tina Marie Karl. Father Harry Karl.
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Bibliography close complete biography

"If I Knew Then"
"Debbie: My Life"

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