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|Birth Place:||El Paso, Texas, USA||Profession:||Cast ...|
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Moved from Texas to Burbank, CA with her family when she was seven (date approximate)
Performed with Burbank Youth Symphony while still in high school; also appeared in high school plays
Named Miss Burbank
Signed with Warner Bros.; appeared fleetingly in a bit part in "June Bride"
Feature acting debut, "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady"
Signed by MGM; impersonated 1920s singing star Helen Kane in her first MGM film "Three Little Words"
Performed in "Two Weeks with Love"; duet with Carleton Carpenter became a hit song much-associated with both, "Aba Daba Honeymoon"
Acted in first feature lead and recorded original soundtrack album for "Singin' in the Rain"
Appeared on stage in "Stars of Tomorrow" at the Bliss-Hayden Theater in Los Angeles, CA
First starring vehicle not made at MGM, "Susan Slept Here"; made on loan-out to RKO
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
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
Appeared as regular performer on variety series "The Eddie Fisher Show" (NBC)
Embroiled in press scandal when it came out that Elizabeth Taylor was romantically involved with husband Eddie Fisher
Made annual exhibitors' poll of Top 10 box office stars two years in a row, placing fifth both years
Hosted first TV variety special "A Date With Debbie"
First began doing nightclub work
Received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
Hosted own TV special "And Debbie Makes Six"
Starred in first TV series, the NBC sitcom "The Debbie Reynolds Show"; also performed theme song; played role of Debbie Thompson
Last acting role in a feature film for over 20 years, "What's the Matter with Helen?"
Turned down role of Bobbie in Mike Nichols drama "Carnal Knowledge"; role played by Ann-Margret
Provided the voice of Charlotte for the animated feature "Charlotte's Web"
Starred on Broadway in a revival of the musical "Irene"
Last feature film appearance for nearly 20 years: served as one of the narrators of the popular musical compilation film "That's Entertainment!"
Starred in one-woman performance "The Debbie Reynolds Show" at the London Palladium
Played the title role of Annie Oakley in productions of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" staged in Los Angeles and San Francisco
Starred as Sydney Chase on short-lived ABC comedy-drama anthology series "Aloha Paradise"
Returned to Broadway to take over lead role in musical version of "Woman of the Year," previously played by Lauren Bacall and Raquel Welch
Played recurring guest role as the title character's mother Alice Farrell on NBC's "Jennifer Slept Here," starring Ann Jillian
Created and starred in own exercise video "Do It Debbie's Way"; released second exercise video "Couples (Do It Debbie's Way)" in 1988
Starred in first TV-movie, "Sadie and Son" (CBS)
Released memoir <i>Debbie: My Life</i>
Toured nationally with a production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"
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
Made cameo appearance as herself in the drama feature "The Bodyguard"
Returned to features to play a supporting role in Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth"
Returned as one of the hosts of the compilation documentary feature "That's Entertainment III," revisiting the days of the classic MGM musical
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
First leading role in a feature in 25 years, cast by Albert Brooks in title role of "Mother"
Received second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January); award originally approved in 1987, but was not bestowed for ten years
Starred in Disney Channel Original Movie "Halloweentown"
Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino sold at auction; retained contents of Hollywood Museum
Landed recurring role as Grace's (Debra Messing) overbearing mom on hit NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"
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
Appeared as herself in comedy feature "Connie and Carla"
Reprised role in "Halloweentown High" (Disney Channel)
Made third appearance in Disney Channel's "Return to Halloweentown"
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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