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Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds
Reynolds in 1986
Personal information
Birth nameMary Frances Reynolds
Birth dateApril 1, 1932(age 84)
Place of birthEl Paso, Texas, United States
OccupationActress, dancer, singer
Years active1948-present
Spouse- Eddie Fisher (1955 - 59, divorced)
- Harry Karl (1960 - 73, divorced)
- Richard Hamlett (1984 - 96, divorced)

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Debbie Reynolds (born April 1, 1932) is an American actress, singer, and dancer.

She was initially signed at age 16 by Warner Bros., but her career got off to a slow start. When her contract was not renewed, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) gave her a small, but significant part in the film Three Little Words (1950), then signed her to a seven-year contract. In her next film, Two Weeks with Love (1950), she had a hit with the song "Aba Daba Honeymoon". However, it was her first leading role, in Singin' in the Rain (1952), that set her on the path to fame. By the mid 1950s, she was a major star. Other notable successes include Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), in which her rendition of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), for which she received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. She continues to perform successfully on stage, television and film to the present day.

Her personal life has not gone as well. Her first marriage, to popular singer Eddie Fisher, produced a son and a daughter, actress/author Carrie Fisher, but ended in divorce in 1959 when Fisher and her former (and later) friend Elizabeth Taylor fell in love. Her second and third marriages also ended disastrously, each time ruining her financially.

She is a noted collector of film memorabilia, beginning with the landmark 1972 MGM auction. In June 2011, unable to find a suitable home for her large collection, she began auctioning it off.

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