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Debbie Reynolds

Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. She was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer for her portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film Three Little Words, and her breakout role was her first leading role, as Kathy Selden in Singin' in the Rain (1952). Other successes include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956 Golden Globe nomination), The Catered Affair (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the Billboard music charts.[1] In 1959, she released her first pop music album, titled Debbie. She starred in How the West Was Won (1963), and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), a biographical film about the famously boisterous Molly Brown. Her performance as Brown earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other films include The Singing Nun (1966), Divorce American Style (1967), What's the Matter with Helen? (1971), Charlotte's Web (1973), Mother (1996) (Golden Globe nomination), and In & Out (1997). Reynolds was also a cabaret performer. In 1979 she founded the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today. In 1969 she starred on television in the eponymous The Debbie Reynolds Show, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1973 Reynolds starred in a Broadway revival of the musical Irene and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in A Gift of Love (1999) and an Emmy Award for playing Grace's mother Bobbi on Will & Grace. At the turn of the millennium, Reynolds reached a new younger generation with her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney's Halloweentown series. In 1988 she released her autobiography titled, Debbie: My Life. In 2013, she released a second autobiography, Unsinkable: A Memoir. Reynolds also 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. She served as president of The Thalians, an organization dedicated to mental health causes. Reynolds continued to perform successfully on stage, television, and film into her eighties. In January 2015, Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. In 2016 she received the Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. In the same year, a documentary about her life was released titled Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds; the film premiered on HBO on January 7, 2017. On December 28, 2016, Reynolds was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a medical emergency, which her son Todd Fisher later described as a "severe stroke". She died that afternoon, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

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Apr 1, 1932 In El Paso, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Ed Sullivan Show 1948-06-20
Latest Project:
Movie Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds 2016-05-14
Known For
Poster of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters
Poster of Bracken's World
Poster of The Debbie Reynolds Show
Poster of The DuPont Show of the Week
Movie Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Herself 2016-05-14
Movie The Slippers 2016-03-11
Movie Tab Hunter Confidential Herself 2015-03-15
Movie And the Oscar Goes To... 2014-02-02
Movie Behind the Candelabra Frances 2013-05-26
Movie Tony Curtis: Driven to Stardom Self 2012-03-20
Movie One for the Money Grandma Mazur 2012-01-26
Movie The Brothers Warner Herself 2009-05-03
Movie Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History Herself 2008-10-14
Movie Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Herself 2007-10-13
Movie Return to Halloweentown Agatha Cromwell 2006-10-20
Series The One Show Unknown 2006-08-14
Series The Reichen Show Unknown 2005-11-11
Movie Halloweentown High Aggie Cromwell 2004-10-08
Movie Connie and Carla Herself 2004-04-16
Series The Ellen DeGeneres Show Unknown 2003-09-08
Movie Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer Herself 2002-09-24
Series Kim Possible Unknown 2002-06-07
Series First Monday Unknown 2002-01-15
Movie What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' Debbie Reynolds 2002-01-01
Movie Rugrats: Babies in Toyland Lulu Pickles (voice) 2002-12-21
Movie Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Agatha Cromwell 2001-10-12
Movie These Old Broads Piper Grayson 2001-02-12
Movie Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood Herself (archive footage) 2001-01-01
Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie Lulu Pickles (voice) 2000-09-14
Movie A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story Shirlee Allison 1999-11-21
Movie Keepers of the Frame Herself 1999-03-01
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Series Will & Grace Bobbi Adler 1998-09-21
Movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Herself (voice) 1998-05-22
Movie Halloweentown Aggie Cromwell 1998-11-10
Movie Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Mrs. Claus / Mitzi / Mrs. Prancer / School Teacher (voice) 1998-10-16
Movie Zack and Reba Beulah Blanton 1998-11-01
Movie The Christmas Wish Ruth 1998-12-06
Movie In & Out Berniece Brackett 1997-09-10
Movie Mother Beatrice Henderson 1996-12-25
Movie Wedding Bell Blues Debbie Reynolds 1996-10-18
Movie That's Entertainment! III Herself - Co-Host / Narrator 1994-07-01
Series Intimate Portrait Unknown 1994-01-03
Movie Heaven & Earth Eugenia 1993-12-24
Movie Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul Herself 1993-05-14
Movie The Bodyguard Herself 1992-11-25
Movie Battling For Baby Helen 1992-01-12
Series Rugrats Lulu Pickles (voice) 1991-08-11
Series Wings Unknown 1990-04-19
Movie Kiki's Delivery Service Madame (English Dub) 1989-07-29
Movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Amanda Cody 1989-04-09
Series Roseanne Unknown 1988-10-18
Series Sidewalks Entertainment Unknown 1988-09-01
Movie Sadie and Son Sadie 1987-10-21
Series The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie The Best of Broadway Herself 1985-05-24
Movie That's Dancing! 1985-01-01
Series Jennifer Slept Here Alice Farrell 1983-10-21
Movie Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage Herself (archive footage) 1983-02-25
Series Madame's Place Miss Debbie Reynolds 1982-09-20
Series Hotel Unknown 1982-08-21
Series Aloha Paradise Sydney Chase 1981-02-25
Series Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters Unknown 1980-11-18
Movie Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace! Herself 1978-06-20
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Series Alice Unknown 1976-08-31
Movie That's Entertainment, Part II (archive footage) 1976-05-17
Series The Sonny & Cher Show Unknown 1976-02-01
Movie That's Entertainment! Herself - Host / Narrator 1974-06-21
Movie Charlotte's Web Charlotte A. Cavatica 1973-03-01
Movie What's the Matter with Helen? Adelle 1971-06-30
Series Bracken's World Unknown 1969-09-19
Series The Debbie Reynolds Show Debbie Thompson 1969-09-16
Series The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Unknown 1969-01-22
Movie How Sweet It Is! Jenny Henderson 1968-08-21
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series The Carol Burnett Show Unknown 1967-09-11
Movie Divorce American Style Barbara Harmon 1967-06-21
Movie The Singing Nun Sister Ann 1966-03-17
Movie Goodbye Charlie Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason 1964-11-18
Movie The Unsinkable Molly Brown Molly Brown 1964-06-11
Movie Mary, Mary Mary McKellaway 1963-10-24
Movie Hollywood Without Make-Up 1963-07-01
Movie My Six Loves Janice Courtney 1963-04-03
Movie How the West Was Won Lily Prescott 1962-10-01
Series The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Unknown 1962-10-01
Movie The Second Time Around Lu Rogers 1961-12-22
Series The DuPont Show of the Week Unknown 1961-09-17
Movie The Pleasure of His Company Jessica Anne Poole 1961-06-01
Movie Pepe Debbie Reynolds 1960-12-21
Movie The Rat Race Peggy Brown 1960-07-10
Movie The Gazebo Nell Nash 1960-01-15
Movie The Mating Game Mariette Larkin 1959-04-29
Movie Say One for Me Holly LeMaise 1959-06-19
Movie It Started with a Kiss Maggie Putnam 1959-08-19
Movie This Happy Feeling Janet Blake 1958-06-18
Series Kraft Music Hall Unknown 1958-10-08
Movie Tammy and the Bachelor Tammy Tyree 1957-06-14
Movie Bundle of Joy Polly Parish 1956-12-12
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie The Catered Affair Jane Hurley 1956-06-14
Movie Meet Me in Las Vegas Debbie Reynolds 1956-03-09
Movie The Tender Trap Julie Gillis 1955-11-04
Series Ford Star Jubilee Unknown 1955-09-24
Movie Hit the Deck Carol Pace 1955-02-24
Movie Athena Minerva Mulvain 1954-11-04
Movie A Star Is Born World Premiere 1954-09-28
Movie Susan Slept Here Susan Beaurgard Landis 1954-07-28
Series The Academy Awards Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie Give a Girl a Break Suzy Doolittle 1953-11-13
Movie I Love Melvin Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy 1953-03-20
Movie The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Pansy Hammer 1953-08-14
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Skirts Ahoy! Debbie Reynolds (uncredited) 1952-05-28
Movie Singin' in the Rain Kathy Selden 1952-04-09
Movie Mr. Imperium Gwen 1951-03-02
Movie Two Weeks with Love Melba Robinson 1950-11-10
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Three Little Words Helen Kane 1950-07-12
Movie The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Maureen O'Grady 1950-03-30
Movie June Bride Boo's Girlfriend at Wedding 1948-10-29
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20