Debbie Reynolds (1932 - 2016)
By: Legacy Staff
2 years ago
Debbie Reynolds, the actress and singer who starred in "Singin' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," died Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. She was 84.
Reynolds had reportedly fallen ill earlier in the day while planning funeral arrangements for her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, who died the previous day, Dec. 27, after suffering a heart attack.
“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” her son, Todd Fisher, told The Associated Press at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where Reynolds had been taken.
Born Mary Frances Reynolds April 1, 1932, she signed a Warner Bros. contract in 1948 at just 16 after winning a beauty contest. She won a Golden Globe Award as most promising newcomer for a part in 1950's "Three Little Words," but it was her role in "Singin' in the Rain" in 1952 that made her a star. By the end of the decade, she had appeared in more than 20 films and released a pop album called "Debbie."
Highlights from Reynolds' long career include a nomination for the Academy Award for best actress, for the title role in 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," and a nomination for a Tony Award for best lead actress in a musical, for a 1973 revival of "Irene." To another generation, she is known best for her role as Grace's mother, Bobbi, on TV's "Will & Grace."
Reynolds married actor Eddie Fisher in 1955, forming a Hollywood marriage that would end in a public scandal when Fisher divorced Reynolds in 1959 and married Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds and Fisher were the parents of actress Carrie Fisher and her brother, Todd. Reynolds went on to marry and divorce twice more. When Carrie Fisher wrote the screenplay for the semiautobiographical 1990 film, "Postcards From the Edge," she based the character Doris Mann on Reynolds.
Reynolds continued working into her 80s and authored an autobiography, "Unsinkable: A Memoir," in 2013.
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