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Debbie Reynolds


Born - 1 April 1932, El Paso, Texas, USA
Died - 28 December 2016

Diminutive, energetic, firecracker, brown-haired (later light) American entertainer. Born Mary Frances 'Franny' Reynolds, and described on her first film audition as 'cute as a bug's ear', she went on to play refreshingly in several MGM musicals (most notably Singin' in the Rain) and comedies of the 1950s. Her private life was less happy: she married unsuccessfully three times, the first to singer Eddie Fisher; the late Carrie Fisher was one of their two children. But, through financial and marital woes, she always bounced back. She began, briefly, at Warner Brothers: June Bride (1948), The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady (1949). MGM took her on for the next seven years and quickly made her a star: Three Little Words (1950), Two Weeks With Love (1950), You Belong to My Heart (1951), Singin' in the Rain (1951), Skirts Ahoy! (1952), I Love Melvin (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Hit the Deck (1955), The Tender Trap (1955), Wedding Breakfast (1956), Bundle of Joy (1956), Tammy (1957), This Happy Feeling (1958), The Mating Game (1959), The Gazebo (1959), The Rat Race (1960), The Pleasure of His Company (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), Mary, Mary (1963), an Oscar nomination for The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), The Singing Nun (1966), Divorce American Style (1967), How Sweet It Is! (1968) and What's the Matter With Helen? (1971). After a gap of 20 years, she returned as acerbic mothers: Heaven & Earth (1993), Mother (1996), In and Out (1997), the TV movie Halloweentown (1998, and three sequels), Connie & Carla (2004), One for the Money (2012) and Behind the Candelabra (2013), her last. A documentary, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds is scheduled to be shown in 2017. The recipient of an honorary Oscar in 2015, she died following a stroke, one day after the death of her daughter.