Debbie Reynolds

Birthday: Apr 1, 1932
Birthplace: El Paso, Texas, USA
At the peak of her career, actress Debbie Reynolds was America's sweetheart, the archetypal girl-next-door. Best remembered for her work in Hollywood musicals, she appeared in the genre's defining moment, Singin' in the Rain, as well as many other notable successes. Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932, in El Paso, TX, she entered the film industry by winning the Miss Burbank beauty contest in 1948, resulting in a contract with Warner Bros. However, the studio cast her in small roles in only two films -- 1948's The June Bride and 1950's The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady -- and she soon exited for the greener pastures of MGM, where she first appeared in Three Little Words. A more significant turn in 1950's Two Weeks With Love garnered Reynolds strong notices, and soon she was touted as the new Judy Garland, with a role in 1951's Mr. Imperium also on the horizon.Though star Gene Kelly initially opposed her casting in his 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain, Reynolds acquitted herself more than admirably alongside the likes of Donald O'Connor and Jean Hagen, and the film remains one of the greatest Hollywood musicals ever produced. A series of less distinguished musicals followed, among them 1953's I Love Melvin, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, and Give a Girl a Break. On loan to RKO, she scored a major success in 1954's Susan Slept Here, and upon returning to MGM she was awarded with a new and improved seven-year contract. However, the studio continued to insert Reynolds into lackluster projects like the health-fad satire Athena and the musical Hit the Deck. Finally, in 1955, she appeared opposite Frank Sinatra in the hit The Tender Trap, followed by a well-regarded turn as a blushing bride in The Catered Affair a year later.Additionally, Reynolds teamed with real-life husband Eddie Fisher in the musical Bundle of Joy. The couple's children also went on to showbiz success: Daughter Carrie Fisher became a popular actress, novelist, and screenwriter, while son Todd became a director. In 1957, Reynolds starred in Tammy and the Bachelor, the first in a series of popular teen films which also included 1961's Tammy Tell Me True, 1963's Tammy and the Doctor, and 1967's Tammy and the Millionaire. Her other well-received films of the period included 1959's It Started With a Kiss, 1961's The Pleasure of His Company, and 1964's The Unsinkable Molly Brown, for which she earned an Academy Award nomination. In 1959, Reynolds' marriage to Fisher ended in divorce when he left her for Elizabeth Taylor. The effect was an outpouring of public sympathy which only further increased her growing popularity, and it was rumored that by the early '60s, she was earning millions per picture. By the middle of the decade, however, Reynolds' star was waning. While described by the actress herself as her favorite film, 1966's The Singing Nun was not the hit MGM anticipated. Its failure finally convinced the studio to offer her roles closer to her own age, but neither 1967's Divorce American Style nor the next year's How Sweet It Is performed well, and Reynolds disappeared from the screen to mount her own television series, the short-lived Debbie Reynolds Show. In 1971, she appeared against type in the campy horror picture What's the Matter with Helen?, but when it too failed, she essentially retired from movie making, accepting voice-over work as the title character in the animated children's film Charlotte's Web but otherwise remaining away from Hollywood for over a decade.Reynolds then hit the nightclub circuit, additionally appearing on Broadway in 1974's Irene. In 1977, she also starred in Annie Get Your Gun. By the 1980s, Reynolds had become a fixture in Las Vegas, where she ultimately opened her own hotel and casino, regularly performing live in the venue's nightclub and even opening her own museum of Hollywood memorabilia. In 1987, she reappeared in front of the camera for the first time in years in the TV movie Sadie and Son, followed in 1989 by Perry Mas

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Actor 2017
86% Tab Hunter Confidential Actor 2015
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Singin' In The Rain 60th Anniversary Event Encore Actor 2012
2% One for the Money Grandma Mazur $26.2M 2012
90% Carol Channing: Larger Than Life Debbie Reynolds $16K 2012
No Score Yet The Brothers Warner Actor 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet Hollywood Singing and Dancing: The 1960s Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Jill & Tony Curtis Story Actor 2008
No Score Yet Movie Songs Live Actor 2007
No Score Yet Return to Halloweentown Aggie Cromwell 2006
No Score Yet Fingers Walking Actor 2005
No Score Yet Halloweentown High Aggie Cromwell 2004
44% Connie and Carla Herself $8M 2004
No Score Yet Gene Kelly - Anatomy of a Dancer Actor 2002
No Score Yet What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of 'Singin' in the Rain' Actor 2002
No Score Yet These Old Broads Piper Grayson 2001
76% Rugrats in Paris - The Movie Lulu Pickles 2000
No Score Yet Virtual Mom Sheila McCarthy 2000
No Score Yet Frank Sinatra Memorial Actor 1999
No Score Yet A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story Shirlee Allison 1999
No Score Yet Keepers of the Frame Actor 1999
40% Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie Mrs. Claus 1998
No Score Yet Zack and Reba Actor 1998
No Score Yet Halloweentown Aggie Cromwell 1998
No Score Yet The Christmas Wish Ruth Martin 1998
72% In & Out Berniece Brackett 1997
40% Wedding Bell Blues Debbie Reynolds 1996
No Score Yet Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family Actor 1995
40% Heaven & Earth Eugenia 1994
100% That's Entertainment! III Host 1994
No Score Yet Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul - The Epic Story of the Man Behind the Movies Actor 1993
34% The Bodyguard Herself 1992
No Score Yet Battling for Baby Helen 1992
97% Kiki's Delivery Service Madame 1989
No Score Yet Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder Amanda Cody 1989
No Score Yet Detective Sadie and Son Actor 1987
100% That's Entertainment Narrator 1973
76% Charlotte's Web Charlotte 1973
29% What's the Matter with Helen? Adelle 1971
No Score Yet How Sweet It Is! Jenny Henderson 1968
100% Divorce American Style Barbara Harmon 1967
No Score Yet The Singing Nun Sister Ann 1966
No Score Yet Goodbye Charlie Charlie Sorel/Virginia Mason 1964
75% The Unsinkable Molly Brown Molly Brown 1964
No Score Yet Mary, Mary Mary McKellaway 1963
90% How the West Was Won Lilith Prescott 1963
No Score Yet My Six Loves Actor 1963
No Score Yet The Second Time Around Lucretia Rogers 1961
No Score Yet The Pleasure of His Company Jessica Anne Poole 1961
No Score Yet Pepe Herself 1960
No Score Yet The Rat Race Peggy Brown 1960
No Score Yet It Started With a Kiss Maggie Putnam 1959
No Score Yet Say One for Me Holly LeMaise aka Conroy 1959
No Score Yet The Mating Game Marietta Larkin 1959
No Score Yet The Gazebo Nell Nash 1959
No Score Yet This Happy Feeling Janet Blake 1958
No Score Yet Tammy and the Bachelor Tammy Tyree 1957
No Score Yet Bundle of Joy Polly Parish 1956
17% The Catered Affair Jane Hurley 1956
No Score Yet Meet Me in Las Vegas Herself - Cameo Appearance (uncredited) 1956
67% Hit the Deck Carol 1955
67% The Tender Trap Julie Gillis 1955
No Score Yet Athena Minerva Mulvain 1954
50% Susan Slept Here Susan 1954
No Score Yet Give a Girl a Break Suzy Doolittle 1953
No Score Yet The Affairs of Dobie Gillis Pansy Hammer 1953
No Score Yet I Love Melvin Judy Schneider / Judy LeRoy 1953
No Score Yet Skirts Ahoy! Herself 1952
100% Singin' in the Rain Kathy Selden 1952
No Score Yet Mr. Imperium Gwen 1951
No Score Yet Two Weeks with Love Melba Robinson 1950
No Score Yet Three Little Words Helen Kane 1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Maureen O'Grady 1950
No Score Yet June Bride Boo's Girl Friend 1948

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The View
1997
Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
Guest
  • 2013
  • 2011
No Score Yet Hollywood Treasure
2010-2012
Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet So You Think You Can Dance
2005
Judge
  • 2011
83% RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
Judge
  • 2010
  • 2009
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998
Bobbi Adler Mother
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2004
No Score Yet Rugrats
1991-2004
Voice
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
  • 1998
No Score Yet Kim Possible
2002-2007
Voice
  • 2003
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2002
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Audrey
  • 1997
No Score Yet Wings
1990-1997
Mrs. Chappel
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
  • 1991
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer

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