50 Facts About Debbie Reynolds


Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds was an American actress, singer, and businesswoman.

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Debbie Reynolds's was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words.

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Debbie Reynolds's starred in Singin' in the Rain, How the West Was Won, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, a biographical film about the famously boisterous Molly Brown.

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In 1969, she starred on television in The Debbie Reynolds Show, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination.

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In 1973, Debbie Reynolds starred in a Broadway revival of the musical Irene and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.

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At the turn of the millennium, Debbie Reynolds reached a new, younger generation with her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney's Halloweentown series.

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Debbie Reynolds 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.

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Debbie Reynolds's served as president of The Thalians, an organization dedicated to mental-health causes.

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Debbie Reynolds continued to perform successfully on stage, television, and film into her 80s.

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In January 2015, Debbie Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

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Debbie Reynolds's was of Scotch-Irish and English ancestry and was raised in a strict Nazarene church of her domineering mother.

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Debbie Reynolds's had an older brother, William, who was two years her senior.

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Debbie Reynolds was a Girl Scout, once saying that she wanted to die as the world's oldest living Girl Scout.

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Debbie Reynolds was a member of The International Order of Job's Daughters.

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When Debbie Reynolds was a 16-year-old student at Burbank High School in 1948, she won the Miss Burbank beauty contest.

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Debbie Reynolds can serve as an inspiration to all young American womanhood.

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Debbie Reynolds's came up the hard way, and she has a realistic sense of values based on faith, love, work, and money.

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Debbie Reynolds was one of 14 top-billed names in How the West Was Won but she was the only one who appeared throughout, the story largely following the life and times of her character Lilith Prescott.

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Debbie Reynolds noted that she initially had issues with its director, Charles Walters.

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In what Debbie Reynolds once 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 weekly television show.

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When NBC explained to Debbie Reynolds that banning cigarette commercials from her show would be impossible, she kept her resolve.

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Debbie Reynolds's said later she was especially concerned about the commercials because of the number of children watching the show.

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Debbie Reynolds played the title role in the Hanna-Barbera animated musical Charlotte's Web, in which she originated the song "Mother Earth and Father Time".

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Debbie Reynolds continued to make other appearances in film and television.

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Debbie Reynolds's played a recurring role in the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown film series as Aggie Cromwell.

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Debbie Reynolds made a guest appearance as a presenter at the 69th Academy Awards in 1997.

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In 2000, Debbie Reynolds took up a recurring voice role on the children's television program Rugrats, playing the grandmother of two of the characters.

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Debbie Reynolds's had a cameo role as herself in the 2004 film Connie and Carla.

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Debbie Reynolds scored two other top-25 Billboard hits with "A Very Special Love" and "Am I That Easy to Forget" —a pop-music version of a country-music hit made famous by Carl Belew, Skeeter Davis, and several years later by singer Engelbert Humperdinck.

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Debbie Reynolds's enjoyed live shows, though that type of performing "was extremely strenuous, " she said.

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Debbie Reynolds had started doing stage impersonations as a teenager; her impersonation of Betty Hutton was performed as a singing number during the Miss Burbank contest in 1948.

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Debbie Reynolds' last album was a Christmas record with Donald O'Connor entitled Chrissy the Christmas Mouse arranged and conducted by Angelo DiPippo.

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Debbie Reynolds's didn't realize she was a movie star all of a sudden.

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Debbie Reynolds's starred in the 1973 revival of Irene, a musical first produced 60 years before.

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Debbie Reynolds's toured with Harve Presnell in Annie Get Your Gun, then wrapped up the Broadway run of Woman of the Year in 1983.

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Debbie Reynolds amassed a large collection of movie memorabilia, beginning with items from the landmark 1970 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer auction, and she 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 Theatre in Los Angeles.

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Todd Fisher, Debbie Reynolds' son, announced that his mother was "heartbroken" to have to auction off the collection.

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Debbie Reynolds's purchased the Clarion Hotel and Casino, a hotel and casino in Las Vegas, in 1992.

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In 2011, Debbie Reynolds was on The Oprah Winfrey Show just weeks before Elizabeth Taylor's death.

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Debbie Reynolds's explained that Taylor and she happened to be traveling at the same time on the ocean liner Queen Elizabeth some time in the late 1960s or early 1970s, when they reconciled.

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Debbie Reynolds sent a note to Taylor's room, and Taylor sent a note in reply asking to have dinner with Debbie Reynolds and end their feud.

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Debbie Reynolds did give me two great children and for that I will ever be grateful.

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Debbie Reynolds later found herself in financial difficulty because of Karl's gambling and bad investments.

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In 2011, Debbie Reynolds stepped down after 56 years of involvement in The Thalians, a charitable organization devoted to children and adults with mental-health issues.

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Debbie Reynolds was hospitalized in October 2012 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles due to an adverse reaction to medication.

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Debbie Reynolds's cancelled appearances and concert engagements for the next three months.

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Later that afternoon, Debbie Reynolds was pronounced dead in the hospital; she was 84 years old.

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Todd Fisher later said that Debbie Reynolds had been seriously affected by her daughter's death, and that her grief was partially responsible for her stroke, noting that his mother had stated, "I want to be with Carrie", shortly before she died.

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Debbie Reynolds added, "she didn't die of a broken heart" as some news reports had implied, but rather "just left to be with Carrie".

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Debbie Reynolds's 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.

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