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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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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.

Personal Info

Gender Female

Known Credits 100

Birthday 1932-04-01

Day of Death 2016-12-28

Place of Birth El Paso, Texas, USA

Official Site http://www.debbiereynolds.com/

Also Known As

  • Mary Frances Reynolds
  • Mary Frances Reynolds

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds as Herself
2016 The Slippers
2015 Tab Hunter Confidential as Herself
2013 Behind the Candelabra as Frances
2012 One for the Money as Grandma Mazur
2008 Hollywood Singing and Dancing: A Musical History
2006 The One Show(1 episode)
2006 Return to Halloweentown as Agatha Cromwell
2004 Halloweentown High as Aggie Cromwell
2004 Connie and Carla as Herself
2003 The Ellen DeGeneres Show(1 episode)
2002 Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer as Herself
2002 Kim Possible(1 episode)
2002 First Monday(1 episode)
2001 Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge as Agatha Cromwell
2001 These Old Broads as Piper Grayson
2001 Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood as Herself (archive footage)
2000 Rugrats in Paris: The Movie as Lulu Pickles (voice)
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1998 The Christmas Wish as Ruth
1998 Zack and Reba as Beulah Blanton
1998 Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie as Mrs. Claus / Mitzi / Mrs. Prancer / School Teacher (voice)
1998 Will & Grace(12 episodes) as Bobbi Adler
1998 Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas as Herself (voice)
1998 Halloweentown as Aggie Cromwell
1997 In & Out as Berniece Brackett
1996 Mother as Beatrice Henderson
1994 That's Entertainment! III as Herself - Co-Host / Narrator
1994 Intimate Portrait(1 episode)
1993 Heaven & Earth as Eugenia
1993 Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul as Herself
1992 The Bodyguard as Herself
1992 Battling For Baby as Helen
1991 Rugrats(332 episodes) as Lulu Pickles (voice)
1990 Wings(1 episode)
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder as Amanda Cody
1988 Roseanne(1 episode)
1988 Sidewalks Entertainment(1 episode)
1985 The Golden Girls(1 episode)
1983 Jennifer Slept Here(13 episodes) as Alice Farrell
1983 Hotel(1 episode)
1983 Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage as Herself (archive footage)
1982 Madame's Place(75 episodes) as Miss Debbie Reynolds
1981 Aloha Paradise(8 episodes) as Sydney Chase
1980 Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters(1 episode)
1977 The Love Boat(2 episodes)
1976 Alice(1 episode)
1976 The Sonny & Cher Show(2 episodes)
1974 That's Entertainment! as Herself - Co-Host / Narrator / Clip from 'Singin' in the Rain'
1973 Charlotte's Web as Charlotte A. Cavatica
1971 What's the Matter with Helen? as Adelle
1969 Bracken's World(1 episode)
1969 The Debbie Reynolds Show(26 episodes) as Debbie Thompson
1969 The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour(2 episodes)
1968 How Sweet It Is! as Jenny Henderson
1968 Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In(4 episodes)
1967 Divorce American Style as Barbara Harmon
1966 The Singing Nun as Sister Ann
1964 Goodbye Charlie as Charlie Sorel réincarné / Virginia Mason
1964 The Unsinkable Molly Brown as Molly Brown
1963 Mary, Mary as Mary McKellaway
1963 My Six Loves as Janice Courtney
1962 How the West Was Won as Lilith 'Lily' Prescott
1962 The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson(3 episodes)
1961 The Second Time Around as Lucretia 'Lu' Rogers
1961 The DuPont Show of the Week(1 episode)
1961 The Pleasure of His Company as Jessica Anne Poole
1960 Pepe as Herself
1960 The Rat Race as Peggy Brown
1959 The Gazebo as Nell Nash
1959 It Started With A Kiss as Maggie Putnam
1959 Say One for Me as Holly LeMaise aka Conroy
1959 The Grammys(1 episode)
1959 The Mating Game as Mariette Larkin
1958 Kraft Music Hall(1 episode)
1958 This Happy Feeling as Janet Blake
1957 Tammy and the Bachelor as Tambree "Tammy" Tyree
1956 Bundle of Joy as Polly Parish
1956 The Steve Allen Show(1 episode)
1956 The Catered Affair as Jane Hurley
1956 Meet Me in Las Vegas as Herself
1955 The Tender Trap as Julie Gillis
1955 Ford Star Jubilee(1 episode)
1955 Hit the Deck as Carol Pace
1954 Athena as Minerva Mulvain
1954 Susan Slept Here as Susan Beaurgard Landis
1953 Give a Girl A Break as Suzy Doolittle
1953 The Affairs of Dobie Gillis as Pansy Hammer
1953 I Love Melvin as Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy
1953 The Academy Awards(7 episodes)
1952 This Is Your Life(1 episode)
1952 Skirts Ahoy! as Debbie Reynolds (uncredited)
1952 Singin' in the Rain as Kathy Selden
1951 Mr. Imperium as Gwen
1950 The Colgate Comedy Hour(1 episode)
1950 Three Little Words as Helen Kane
1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady as Maureen O'Grady
1950 Two Weeks with Love as Melba Robinson
1948 June Bride as Boo's Girlfriend at Wedding
1948 The Ed Sullivan Show(4 episodes)

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