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Debbie Reynolds

Lowest Rated:   2% One for the Money (2012)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
  • Actor
2017
88% 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
$26.1M 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
75% 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
89% Mother
  • Beatrice Henderson
1996
No Score Yet Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family
  • Actor
1995
42% 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
31% 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
33% 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
75% The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  • Molly Brown
1964
No Score Yet Goodbye Charlie
  • Charlie Sorel/Virginia Mason
1964
No Score Yet Mary, Mary
  • Mary McKellaway
1963
100% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
  • 2013
  • 2012
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
No Score Yet RuPaul's Drag Race
2009
  • Judge
  • 2010
No Score Yet Will & Grace
1998-2006
  • Bobbi Adler Mother
  • 2005
  • 2003
  • 2002
  • 2001
  • 2000
  • 1999
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2002
No Score Yet Roseanne
1988-1997
  • Audrey
  • 1997
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer

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