Debbie Reynolds is popularly known as a musical performer because she is an outstanding actress that perhaps younger actresses looked up to. She was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, philanthropist and the mother of the Star Wars cast, Carrie Fisher.
Debbie Reynolds is a thoroughly experienced and skilled Hollywood actress. Throughout her active career, Debbie Reynolds has certainly had the best of stage, television and film entertainment. Before her death, she was one of the most respected acting personalities in Hollywood.
Biography And Death
Mary Frances Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932, in Texas, USA. In 1939, the Reynolds family moved from El Paso to Burbank, California, where Debbie, as she is known professionally, began her high school education at the age of 16. The yet-to-be-blooming media star grew up in a poor but steadfast Christian home.
Debbie’s family is of Scottish-Irish and English descent. Her father was Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad, her mother Maxine worked in the laundry to make ends meet. Debbie has an older brother, William Reynolds.
Unlike her fashion style in later years, Debbie was not the typical dress up diva in her youth. She was unpopular, didn’t have many friends and was hardly noticed. Nevertheless, she led a happy, contented and religious life. The tomboy from that time was a loyal member of the Boy Scouts. It was her dream to die as the oldest still living Girl Scout in the world, a title that never came true.
On December 28, 2016, Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and died the day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. It is widely believed that Debbie’s death was triggered by the death of her daughter. She suffered an intracerebral hemorrhage.
16-year-old Debbie, who has moved away from the signature of the wildcat hunter, won a beauty contest in which she pretended to be Betty Hutton. This opened her doors to a whole new world of fame and fortune. Debbie’s acting talent was discovered during a talent scout by Warner Bros. and MGM. She made many music films for both companies.
In 1952 Debbie starred in Singin’ in the Rain, a musical film that is said to have shaped her presence in the professional acting world. The all-round actress attributes her dancing skills to her co-singer of the rain star Gene Kelly.
She has also appeared in films such as The Catered Affair, Bundle of Joy, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress, among others. Debbie had a Golden Globe nomination for her Debbie Reynolds Show. In 1956 she also had another Golden Globe nomination for her role in the film Bundle of Joy, which she made with her then-husband Eddie Fisher.
She was part of the first soundtrack ever to reach a top position (No. 3) in the Billboard charts. Inspired by her acquired dancing skills and her love for musical performance, Debbie Reynold founded a dance studio in North Hollywood. An entertainment historian, Reynolds also founded a museum in Hollywood with a collection of over 3,000 costumes and props and equipment worth 46,000 square feet. The late Hollywood veteran also has a hotel and casino in LA.
Debbie was the highest-paid female television actress in the 1970s. In a twist of events, she soon lost $2 million when she terminated her contract with NBC over a cigarette commercial. She had an aversion to smoking and cited the dangers to health, wellbeing and the children who watched her show. In her opinion, integrity is everything.
After her 1988 autobiography, Debbie: My Life, Debbie wrote another autobiography entitled Unsinkable: A memoir in 2013. She will also be remembered for her role as Bobbi in the NBC sitcom Will & Grace. Her last appearance was in the documentary Bright Lights: starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which premiered on HBO on January 7, 2017.
Before her death in 2015, Debbie was honored with the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award. The star, who died at the age of 84, said, coming from humble circumstances, she was grateful for the moments of scarcity in her life. They helped her discover the true values of life. She was a philanthropist who worked for the well-being of people with mental health problems.
Debbie Reynolds Husband
Reynolds was married three times and divorced as many times. She married her first husband Eddie Fisher in 1955. He was a popular actor and singer but the marriage broke up after only four years when he cheated on her with a co-actress, Elizabeth Taylor, which led to their divorce in 1959.
Debbie says that despite the betrayal, she still respected him and was grateful for the gift of her children – Carrie and Tom Fisher. Eddie Fisher died in 2010 at the age of 82 after four other failed marriages.
Debbie’s second marriage was to millionaire and investor Harry Karl. The 13-year-old (1960-1973) marriage ended in divorce. Karl allegedly had serious problems with gambling.
For the third and last time, Debbie entered into the marriage with a real estate developer, Richard Hamlett, in 1984. The couple separated in 1996.
Kids: Daughter And Son
Debbie has two biological children – Tod Fisher, a filmmaker, and the late Carrie Fisher, an actress. Both, mother and daughter, enjoyed a close relationship as they worked as partners on several film projects.
In his statement after the death of his mother and sister on hardly a day, Tod says that the two left together. Debbie has a granddaughter, Billie Catherine Lourd. Billie is a Hollywood actress who is in the shoes of her mother and grandmother.