Debbie Reynolds

Date of Death: December 28, 2016 (84)

Birth Place: El Paso, TX, USA

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Debbie Reynolds BIO

Debbie Reynolds was an American actress, singer, entertainer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian and a noted former collector of film memorabilia. Her breakout role was the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film "Three Little Words", for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.

However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Selden in "Singin' in the Rain," that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star. Other notable successes include "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis," "Susan Slept Here," "Bundle of Joy," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination, "The Catered Affair," and and "Tammy and the Bachelor," in which her rendering of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts.

She starred in "How the West Was Won," and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." Her performance as Molly Brown earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.
Her other notable films include "The Singing Nun," "Divorce American Style," "What's the Matter with Helen?," "Mother (1996 Golden Globe nomination)," and "In & Out."

Reynolds is also a noted cabaret performer. In 1979 she founded the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today.

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. In 1969 she starred in her own television show, "The Debbie Reynolds Show," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in "A Gift of Love" and an Emmy Award for playing Grace's mother Bobbi on "Will & Grace."

In 1988 she released her autobiography titled, "Debbie: My Life." In 2013, she released an updated version titled "Unsinkable: A Memoir."

Reynolds died after suffering a stroke, one day after the passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher.

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Debbie Reynolds STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 1981
Tess Harding [Replacement]

Concert [Broadway], 1976

Broadway Revival, 1973
Irene O'Dare

[US Tour]
West Coast Revival, 1977
Annie Oakley

Debbie Reynolds Movies

[1950]The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Maureen O'Grady

[1950]Two Weeks with Love Melba Robinson

[1950]Three Little Words Helen Kane

[1951]You Belong to My Heart Gwen

[1952]24th Annual Academy Awards Self - Audience Member

[1952]Singin' in the Rain Kathy Selden

[1953]The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Pansy Hammer

[1953]I Love Melvin Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy

[1953]Give a Girl a Break Suzy Doolittle

[1954]Susan Slept Here Susan Beaurgard Landis

[1954]Athena Minerva Mulvain

[1954]A Star Is Born World Premiere

[1955]The Tender Trap Julie Gillis

[1955]Hit the Deck Carol Pace

[1956]Bundle of Joy Polly Parish

[1956]Atlantic City Holiday

[1956]The Catered Affair Jane Hurley

[1957]Tammy Tammy

[1958]This Happy Feeling Janet Blake

[1959]The Gazebo Nell Nash

[1959]The Mating Game Mariette Larkin

[1959]It Started with a Kiss Maggie Putnam

[1959]Say One for Me Holly LeMaise aka Conroy

[1960]A Date with Debbie Self - Host

[1960]Pepe Debbie Reynolds

[1960]The Rat Race Peggy Brown

[1961]The Second Time Around Lucretia 'Lu' Rogers

[1961]The Pleasure of His Company Jessica Poole

[1962]How the West Was Won Lilith Prescott

[1963]Mary, Mary Mary McKellaway

[1963]My Six Loves Janice Courtney

[1964]The Unsinkable Molly Brown Molly Brown

[1964]Goodbye Charlie Charlie Sorel / Virginia Mason

[1966]The Singing Nun Sister Ann

[1967]Divorce American Style Barbara Harmon

[1968]How Sweet It Is! Jenny

[1969]Debbie Reynolds and the Sound of Children Debbie Reynolds

[1971]What's the Matter with Helen? Adelle

[1973]Charlotte's Web Charlotte - Voice

[1978]Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace!

[1987]Sadie and Son Sadie

[1989]Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Amanda Cody

[1989]Kiki's Delivery Service Madame - Voice

[1991]The Malibu Beach Vampires

[1992]Battling for Baby Helen

[1992]The Bodyguard Debbie Reynolds

[1993]Heaven & Earth Eugenia

[1996]Wedding Bell Blues Debbie Reynolds

[1996]Mother Beatrice Henderson

[1997]In & Out Berniece Brackett

[1998]Zack and Reba Beulah Blanton

[1998]Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Mrs. Claus / Mitzi - Rudolph's Mother / Mrs. Prancer - School Teacher - Voice

[1998]The Christmas Wish Ruth

[1998]Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Debbie Reynolds

[1998]Halloweentown Aggie Cromwell

[1999]A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story Shirlee Allison

[2000]Rugrats in Paris Lulu Pickles - Voice

[2000]Virtual Mom Gwen

[2000]Rugrats: Acorn Nuts & Diapey Butts Lulu Johnson - Voice

[2001]These Old Broads Piper Grayson

[2001]Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge Aggie Cromwell

[2002]Generation Gap

[2003]Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales

[2004]Halloweentown High Aggie Cromwell

[2004]Connie and Carla

[2004]Pryor Offenses

[2005]Return to Halloweentown Agatha Cromwell

[2008]Light of Olympia Queen - Voice

[2012]One for the Money Grandma Mazur

[2013]Behind the Candelabra Frances Liberace

Debbie Reynolds TV Shows

[ 1969-1970]The Debbie Reynolds Show Debbie Thompson

Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour Machine Gun Reynolds

Aloha Paradise Sydney Chase

Alice Felicia Blake

[ 1980-1983]The Love Boat Sheila Evans, Doris Talbot

Jennifer Slept Here Alice Farrell

Hotel Barbara Farrell

The Golden Girls Truby

Wings Deedee Chappel

Roseanne Audrey Conner

Touched by an Angel Betty Poplovich

[ 2000-2002]Rugrats Lulu Pickles, Lulu Johnston

First Monday Katherine Seldes

[ 1999-2006]Will & Grace Bobbi Adler

[ 2003-2007]Kim Possible Nana Possible

Family Guy Mrs. Wilson

The Penguins of Madagascar Snort About Mort Granny Squirrel

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil Mary Van Der Deth

The 7D Great-Great-Grandmommers Whimsical

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In partnership with Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher and the Debbie Reynolds Estate, this is the first exhibition The Neon Museum has curated. The display honors Reynolds’ Las Vegas legacy from 1962-2014 spanning her time performing at the Riviera, Desert Inn and South Point to owning the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel.

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Cecily Strong, Mario Cantone, Jackie Hoffman And More Join CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY On August 9

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Debbie Reynolds has appeared on Broadway in 3 shows.

Debbie Reynolds has not appeared in the West End

Debbie Reynolds has been nominated for several awards throughout her career. She was nominated for Outstanding Actress in a Musical at the Outer Critics Circle Awards for her role in "Irene". Additionally, she received a nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical at the Tony Awards, also for her performance in "Irene". These nominations highlight her talent and recognition in the Broadway community.

Debbie Reynolds has won several awards for her performances in the Broadway musical "Irene." She received the Outstanding Actress in a Musical award from the Outer Critics Circle Awards and the Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical award from the Tony Awards for her role in "Irene."

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