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Who was actress Debbie Reynolds?
Born Marie Frances Reynolds under the sign of Aries on the 1st of April 1932, in El Paso, Texas USA, of Scots-Irish and English descent, Debbie was a Caucasian actress, singer, film historian, businesswoman, humanitarian, and the mother of the world-famous actress Carrie Fisher. She is perhaps best known to the world for her significant presence on both the cinema and TV screens in various prestigious and well-performed roles, such as in “Singin’ in the Rain”, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” and “In & Out.” She had a number of other roles during her lengthy and often lucrative acting career from 1948 until 2015. Debbie passed away on the 28th of December 2016 aged 84, just a day after her daughter succumbed following a heart attack.
Early Life and Education
Upon winning the said beauty pageant, Marie was instantly noticed and contacted by Warner Bros, and soon nicknamed ‘Debbie’ by Jack L. Warner himself. She was actually supposed to go to either MGM or Warner Bros, but the talent scouts that attended the contest agreed on a coin toss, and it ended in favor of Warner Bros. Thus, Debbie stayed there for two years, appearing in various musicals until the movie company stopped producing them.
Although Debbie was 68 years old in 2000, she still then had more roles than many Hollywood actors. She started out with three in 2000, following by three more in 2001. Additionally, she was a voice actress in “Rugrats” from 2000 to 2002. In between 2003 to 2007, she voiced Nana Possible in “Kim Possible,” then to Mrs. Wilson in “Family Guy” in 2008, and to Granny Squirrel in “The Penguins of Madagascar”, while concurrently starring in a short movie entitled “In the Picture”. After that, she starred in “Behind the Candelabra” in 2013, and her final role was voicing in “The 7D” in 2015, at which point she was 83 years old. She was finally featured with her daughter in a documentary about her life in 2016.
With one of the most impressive acting careers recorded, Debbie Reynolds’ name is behind a total of 18 awards and 36 nominations. It’s important to note that she won all of her Walk of Fame, Screen Actors Guild, Savannah Film Festival, Satellite, Photoplay and Palm Springs International Film Festival awards, which is a total of seven. She was nominated for the Golden Globe award a total of five times, but never won one. That said, she won both of her American Comedy Awards, Costume Designers Guild Awards, Golden Apple Awards, Golden Boot Awards, Hasty Pudding Theatricals, Lone Star Film & Television Awards and National Board of Review nominations. In 2016, she was rewarded with an Humanitarian Award by the Academy.
Debbie opened her own dance studio in North Hollywood in 1979, and released her self-produced exercise video entitled “Do It Debbie’s Way!” in 1983. Additionally, she bought the Clarion Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas in 1992, which she later renamed to “The Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel.” However, this turned out to be a poor investment, and the famous actress declared bankruptcy in 1997. She began responding to reader queries for “Globe” magazine, instead of Ivana Trump in 2010.
Debbie had three marriages, firstly to singer Eddie Fisher in 1955, which produced Debbie’s first and most famous child, Carrie Fisher in October 1956, and then son Todd Emmanuel Fisher in February 1958. She divorced Eddie in 1959 when she found out he had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor, a scandal at the time which lost Eddie his television show. In 1960, Debbie married millionaire businessman Harry Karl, but his bad habits such as heavy gambling and spending saw Debbie filing for divorce in 1973. In 1984 she married for the third time, to Richard Hamlett – a real-estate developer, but they divorced under unexplained circumstances in 1996, and she never married again.
Have a wonderful holiday.My kids are only 1/2 Jewish so we just light four candles. Enjoy the blessings of the season pic.twitter.com/yD57C6To6h
— Debbie Reynolds (@DebbieReynolds1) December 21, 2014
On the 23rd of December 2016, Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency on her flight to Los Angeles and was given instant medical attention, after which she was taken into intensive care. However, she didn’t manage to recover, and unfortunately passed away four days later at the age of 60. The next day, news of her death apparently caused Debbie to suffer a severe stroke, at which point she was admitted into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was pronounced dead in the afternoon on that same day at the age of 84, the cause of death being intracerebral hemorrhage with hypertension.
What is Debbie Reynolds’ Net Worth?
Have you ever wondered how rich Debbie Reynolds is, as of mid-2018? According to various authoritative sources, it has been estimated that the current total of Debbie’s accumulated wealth is over $85 million, largely aided by her near-uncountable successes in the entertainment industry, with the greatest contributions coming from her most prominent performances, such as the one in “Singin’ in the Rain.”
In the 1960s, Debbie Reynolds was considered one of the most attractive actresses alive. Back then, her vital statistics were 34-23-35, her height was 5ft 2ins (1.57m) and her weight was 112lbs (51kg). Additionally, her dress size was 4, her shoe size was 6 and her bra size was 32B, while her body shape was generally considered hourglass, and she had golden hair with bright green eyes.