Friday, 30 December 2016

In Memory of Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

Debbie Reynolds, the actress who was known for her pairing with Gene Kelly in 'Singin' in the Rain' has passed away of a stroke on December 28th 2016 at the age of 84, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. It is unfortunate that we have lost both actresses and they were mother and daughter of Hollywood royalty. Debbie's career as an actress began when she was found by talent scouts at MGM and Warner Brothers after winning the 1948 Miss Burbank beauty contest. There she appeared in a few movie musicals where one of them was to be her breakout role in a film 'Three Little Words' starring opposite Fred Astaire and Red Skelton and the other had a top hit song "Aba Daba Honeymoon" entitled 'Two Weeks with Love'. By the time she portrayed the up and coming actress Kathy Selden in what would become her highest profile role in a musical satire 'Singin' in the Rain'. Debbie's career as an actress grew the more films she appeared in including 'Bundle of Joy' with singer Eddie Fisher (whom she later married). In 1964, she recieved her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown' and two years later, she was eventually cast in a semi-biographical movie 'The Singing Nun' which would be the last for her contract at MGM. 

Reynolds broadened her career to include television and voice work in films, most notably for 1973's 'Charlotte's Web' and two television animations 'Rugrats' and 'Kim Possible'. She also did stage work on Broadway including appearing with her daughter in the musical 'Irene' and reprising her role in the stage version of 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown'. She was also noted for being a singer in film musicals, nightclub acts and recording albums.

Wherever you are Debbie, you'll always be our lucky star and to be with Carrie Fisher.

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