Below is a compiled list of the most interesting facts about Debbie Reynolds. Check it out!
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn’t a dancer until she was selected to be Gene Kelly’s partner in Singin’ in the Rain (1952). Not yet twenty, she was a quick study. Twelve years later, it seemed like she had been around forever. Most of her early film work was in MGM musicals, as perky, wholesome young women. She continued to use her dancing skills with stage work.
Interesting Facts about Debbie Reynolds
- Made her Broadway debut in 1973 in the revival of “Irene”. Although the reviews for the show itself were mixed, hers were all raves and she wound up with a Tony Award nomination the following year for Best Actress in a Musical. The production ultimately ran some 20 months. In 1976, she appeared in a one-woman, short-run (10 days – 14 performances) review named “Debbie!” at the Minskoff Theatre. Her only other Broadway appearance to date came when she succeeded Lauren Bacall in “Woman of the Year” in 1983.
- One of the few actresses to have danced with both Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly on screen. Other actresses who have done this include: Judy Garland, Cyd Charisse, Vera-Ellen, Rita Hayworth and Leslie Caron.
- In the movie version of her daughter Carrie Fisher’s autobiographical novel Postcards from three Edge, the character thought to be based on Debbie Reynolds was played by Shirley MacLaine.
- She dedicated the Holland-America Line cruise ship the MS Veendam. [January 1996]
- Campaigned for the role of Doris Mann in Postcards from the Edge (1990), but Shirley MacLaine was cast instead.
- She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on January 13, 1997.
- Grandmother of Billie Lourd.
- At one particularly low point in her career, she confessed to literally living in her car, a Cadillac.
- When Reynolds was going through her highly publicized divorce from Eddie Fisher, news crews were camped out around the clock on Reynolds’ front lawn. To ingratiate herself to reporters (and engender public sympathy for her role as the “wronged wife”) Reynolds would regularly grant interviews in front of the house, often with diaper pins on her blouse and her two toddler aged children, Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher, in her arms.
- In the process of relocating her museum to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. A new Hollywood Motion Picture Museum is being constructed there by Debbie and her children Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. It opened in April 2005. [July 2004]
- She made her first appearance at the Hollywood Collectors & Celebrities Show on April 6th and 7th, 2002, at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn in North Hollywood, California.
- Was a Majority Member in California.
Personal Quotes by Debbie Reynolds
Gene Kelly was hard on me, but I think he had to be.- Debbie Reynolds
I wish I could have been more enlightened at 18 and learned more about men because I could have avoided all the traps.- Debbie Reynolds
Bette Davis was a close friend. She loved to have a good time.- Debbie Reynolds
I was just like Jennifer Aniston with Brad Pitt when he fell in love with Angelina Jolie.- Debbie Reynolds
Travel is hard, but entertaining is joy.- Debbie Reynolds