Debbie Reynolds

Actor, Singer, Dancer
Entertainer Debbie Reynolds embodied the cheerful bounce and youthful innocence of the post World War II era, buoying the genre's goodnatured hokum with her sincere charm and energy. One of a long line of ... Read more »
Born: 03/31/1932 in El Paso, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (123)

The 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind the Candelabra 2013 (Movie)

Frances Liberace (Actor)

Carol Channing: Larger Than Life 2012 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

One for the Money 2012 (Movie)

Grandma Mazur (Actor)

Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Touched By an Angel 1994 - 1995, 2001 - 2002, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wings 1994 - 1995, 2009 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

RuPaul's Drag Race 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

These Amazing Shadows 2010 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Boys: The Sherman Brothers' Story 2009 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Secret Talents of the Stars 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 1999 - 2003, 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hollywood Home Movies 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Connie and Carla 2004 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Las Vegas Live! 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Tracey Ullman in The Trailer tales 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Halloweentown 2: Kalabar's Revenge 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Pops Goes the Fourth! 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Ann Miller: I'm Still Here 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Rugrats in Paris - The Movie 2000 (Movie)

of Lulu Pickles (Voice)

Cinerama Adventure 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Intimate Portrait: Eva Gabor 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Keepers of the Frame 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

of Debbie Reynolds (Voice)

Frank Sinatra: The E! True Hollywood Story 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiki's Delivery Service 1998 (Movie)

of Grandmae (Voice)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie 1998 (Movie)

of Mrs Claus (Voice)

All-Star Moms 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

In & Out 1997 (Movie)

Berniece Brackett (Actor)

Las Vegas 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Roseanne 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Zack & Reba 1997 (Movie)

(Actor)

Debbie Reynolds 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Mother 1996 (Movie)

Beatrice Henderson (Actor)

Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Legend to Legend Night 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! III 1994 (Movie)

Host (Actor)

Heaven and Earth 1993 (Movie)

Eugenia (Actor)

Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Larry King TNT Extra (10/21/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

MGM: When the Lion Roars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bodyguard 1992 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Thalians 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Jack Paar Is Alive and Well! 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Happy Birthday, Hollywood! 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Alice 1976 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Jennifer Slept Here 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Aloha Paradise 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bob Hope Special (01/28/79) 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Bing!... A 50th Anniversary Gala 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

The Perry Como Sunshine Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Charlotte's Web 1973 (Movie)

of Charlotte (Voice)

Opening Night: U.S.A. 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

That's Entertainment! 1973 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Bob Hope Show (11/07/71) 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

What's The Matter With Helen? 1971 (Movie)

Adelle (Actor)

The Debbie Reynolds Show 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

Actor

How Sweet It Is 1968 (Movie)

Jenny (Actor)

And Debbie Makes Six 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Divorce American Style 1967 (Movie)

Barbara Harmon (Actor)

The Singing Nun 1965 (Movie)

Sister Ann (Actor)

Goodbye, Charlie 1964 (Movie)

Charlie--a Female (Actor)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown 1964 (Movie)

Molly Brown (Actor)

How the West Was Won 1962 (Movie)

Lilith Prescott (Actor)

Mary, Mary 1962 (Movie)

Mary McKellaway (Actor)

My Six Loves 1962 (Movie)

Janice Courtney (Actor)

The Pleasure of His Company 1961 (Movie)

Jessica Poole (Actor)

The Second Time Around 1961 (Movie)

Lucretia Rogers (Actor)

Hedda Hopper's Hollywood 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Pepe 1960 (Movie)

Herself (Actor)

The Rat Race 1960 (Movie)

Peggy Brown (Actor)

The Gazebo 1959 (Movie)

Nell Nash (Actor)

It Started With a Kiss 1958 (Movie)

Maggie Apflebauer (Actor)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

Holly LaMaise (Actor)

The Mating Game 1958 (Movie)

Mariette Larkin (Actor)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

Janet Blake (Actor)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

Tammy (Actor)

Bundle of Joy 1956 (Movie)

Polly Parrish (Actor)

Meet Me in Las Vegas 1956 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Catered Affair 1956 (Movie)

Jane Hurley (Actor)

Hit the Deck 1955 (Movie)

Carol Pace (Actor)

Operation Entertainment 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

The Tender Trap 1955 (Movie)

Julie Gillis (Actor)

Athena 1954 (Movie)

Minerva (Actor)

Susan Slept Here 1954 (Movie)

Susan (Actor)

Give a Girl a Break 1953 (Movie)

Suzy Doolittle (Actor)

I Love Melvin 1953 (Movie)

Judy LeRoy (Actor)

Singin' in the Rain 1952 (Movie)

Kathy Selden (Actor)

The Affairs of Dobie Gillis 1952 (Movie)

Pansy Hammer (Actor)

Battling For Baby (TV Show)

Actor

Halloweentown (TV Show)

Actor

Halloweentown High (TV Show)

Actor

June Bride (Movie)

Boo's Girl Friend (Actor)

Liberace: Mr. Showmanship (TV Show)

Actor

Mr. Imperium (Movie)

Gwen (Actor)

Return to Halloweentown (TV Show)

Actor

Sadie and Son (TV Show)

Actor

Skirts Ahoy! (Movie)

(Actor)

The Christmas Wish (TV Show)

Actor

These Old Broads (TV Show)

Actor

Three Little Words (Movie)

Helen Kane (Actor)

Two Weeks With Love (Movie)

Melba Robinson (Actor)

Virtual Mom (TV Show)

Actor
Music (8)

Lifetime's 4th Annual Women Rock! Songs From The Movies 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Song Performer

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song Performer)

Wedding Bell Blues 1997 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song Performer)

Yotzim Kavua 1978 (Movie)

("Tammy") (Song Performer)

It Started With a Kiss 1958 (Movie)

title song performer (Song Performer)

Say One For Me 1958 (Movie)

("The Secret of Christmas" "The Girl Most Likely To Succeed" "He's Starting to Get to Me" "Chico's Choo Choo") (Song Performer)

The Mating Game 1958 (Movie)

("The Mating Game") (Song Performer)

This Happy Feeling 1958 (Movie)

(Song Performer)
Director (1)

Letter to My Mother 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Director

Biography

Entertainer Debbie Reynolds embodied the cheerful bounce and youthful innocence of the post World War II era, buoying the genre's goodnatured hokum with her sincere charm and energy. One of a long line of girls-next-door like Doris Day and June Allyson, Reynolds was never as sultry as Day could be, and was more of a showbiz cheerleader and less of a tomboy than either. In her most successful films like "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957) and "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), she was often cast as a sincere young adult in the throes of puppy love - never the virgin chased by rogues like Day or the placid housewife like Allyson. Her squeaky clean image came in handy when, in the biggest Hollywood scandal of the 1950s, her then-husband, crooner Eddie Fisher, left her and their two children, Carrie and Todd, for sultry screen goddess, Elizabeth Taylor. Not surprisingly, the public was more than on Reynolds' side as the jilted wife. Once that furor died down, Reynolds was left to reinvent herself. In the late 1960s, when new sexual mores suddenly rendered the docile suburban female image a thing of the past, Reynolds shifted her focus to nightclub and theatrical stages. She was absent from the big screen for decades but settled into a comfortable presence in the American fabric by returning to film in the 1990s with funny mom roles in films like "Mother" (1996) and "In and Out" (1997) and hysterical guest appearances as the over-the-top mother of Grace Adler (Debra Messing) on "Will & Grace" (NBC, 1998-2006). Reynolds brought both self-mocking and nostalgia to these and other well-received comedic outings, using her persona as a perennially perky throwback to mine genuine laughs well into her 70s.

Relationships

Eddie Fisher Actor

Husband
Married Sept. 26, 1955 Divorced May 1959 following Fisher's highly publicized affair with Elizabeth Taylor

Carrie Fisher Actor

Daughter
Born Oct. 21, 1956; father, Eddie Fisher

Todd Fisher Actor

Son
Born Feb. 24, 1958; father, Eddie Fisher

Richard Hamlett

Husband
Married May 25, 1984 Filed for divorce 1994 Divorced May 1996

Harry Karl

Husband
Married Nov. 25, 1960 Divorced 1973

Harrison Karl

Step-Son
Father, Harry Karl

Denise Karl

Step-Daughter
Father, Harry Karl

Tina Karl

Step-Daughter
Father, Harry Karl

Raymond Reynolds

Father
Born Oct. 18, 1904; worked for Southern Pacific Railroad Died May 20, 1986

Maxene Reynolds

Mother
Born March 21, 1912 Died April 6, 1999

Bill Reynolds

Brother

EDUCATION

John Burroughs High School

Burbank , California

Milestones

2012

Returned to features in big screen adaptation of "One for the Money," based on Janet Evanovich’s novel and starring Katherine Heigl as bounty hunter Stephanie Plum

2006

Made third appearance in Disney Channel's "Return to Halloweentown"

2004

Reprised role in "Halloweentown High" (Disney Channel)

2004

Appeared as herself in comedy feature "Connie and Carla"

2001

Co-starred in ABC movie "These Old Broads" alongside Shirley MacLaine, Elizabeth Taylor, and Joan Collins; co-written by daughter Carrie Fisher and Elaine Pope

1999

Landed recurring role as Grace's (Debra Messing) overbearing mom on hit NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"

1998

Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino sold at auction; retained contents of Hollywood Museum

1998

Starred in Disney Channel Original Movie "Halloweentown"

1997

Received second star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (January); award originally approved in 1987, but was not bestowed for ten years

1996

First leading role in a feature in 25 years, cast by Albert Brooks in title role of "Mother"

1994

Returned as one of the hosts of the compilation documentary feature "That's Entertainment III," revisiting the days of the classic MGM musical

1994

Opened the Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, which she bought around 1991 and renovated for several years; also opened the Hollywood Movie Museum, filled with Hollywood artifacts she collected for years; regularly performed her nightclub

1993

Returned to features to play a supporting role in Oliver Stone's "Heaven and Earth"

1992

Made cameo appearance as herself in the drama feature "The Bodyguard"

1991

Hosted "Movie Memories with Debbie Reynolds" (AMC), where she introduced Hollywood films of yore, and talked with the stars after the film ended; series also marked producing debut

1989

Toured nationally with a production of "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

1988

Released memoir Debbie: My Life

1987

Starred in first TV-movie, "Sadie and Son" (CBS)

1984

Created and starred in own exercise video "Do It Debbie's Way"; released second exercise video "Couples (Do It Debbie's Way)" in 1988

1983

Played recurring guest role as the title character's mother Alice Farrell on NBC's "Jennifer Slept Here," starring Ann Jillian

1981

Starred as Sydney Chase on short-lived ABC comedy-drama anthology series "Aloha Paradise"

1981

Returned to Broadway to take over lead role in musical version of "Woman of the Year," previously played by Lauren Bacall and Raquel Welch

1977

Played the title role of Annie Oakley in productions of the musical "Annie Get Your Gun" staged in Los Angeles and San Francisco

1975

Starred in one-woman performance "The Debbie Reynolds Show" at the London Palladium

1974

Last feature film appearance for nearly 20 years: served as one of the narrators of the popular musical compilation film "That's Entertainment!"

1973

Provided the voice of Charlotte for the animated feature "Charlotte's Web"

1973

Starred on Broadway in a revival of the musical "Irene"

1970

Last acting role in a feature film for over 20 years, "What's the Matter with Helen?"

1970

Turned down role of Bobbie in Mike Nichols drama "Carnal Knowledge"; role played by Ann-Margret

1968

Starred in first TV series, the NBC sitcom "The Debbie Reynolds Show"; also performed theme song; played role of Debbie Thompson

1967

Hosted own TV special "And Debbie Makes Six"

1964

Received an Oscar nomination as Best Actress for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown"

1961

First began doing nightclub work

1960

Hosted first TV variety special "A Date With Debbie"

1959

Embroiled in press scandal when it came out that Elizabeth Taylor was romantically involved with husband Eddie Fisher

1957

Stopped acting on a near-exclusive basis for MGM; maintained some contractual arrangements with the studio and worked there occasionally through the mid 1960s, but also began freelancing

1957

Had No. 1 hit single on pop charts with the song "Tammy" from the film "Tammy and the Bachelor"; topped the singles charts for five weeks

1957

Appeared as regular performer on variety series "The Eddie Fisher Show" (NBC)

1954

First starring vehicle not made at MGM, "Susan Slept Here"; made on loan-out to RKO

1952

Acted in first feature lead and recorded original soundtrack album for "Singin' in the Rain"

1952

Appeared on stage in "Stars of Tomorrow" at the Bliss-Hayden Theater in Los Angeles, CA

1950

Feature acting debut, "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady"

1950

Performed in "Two Weeks with Love"; duet with Carleton Carpenter became a hit song much-associated with both, "Aba Daba Honeymoon"

1950

Signed by MGM; impersonated 1920s singing star Helen Kane in her first MGM film "Three Little Words"

1948

Signed with Warner Bros.; appeared fleetingly in a bit part in "June Bride"

1948

Named Miss Burbank

1939

Moved from Texas to Burbank, CA with her family when she was seven (date approximate)

Made annual exhibitors' poll of Top 10 box office stars two years in a row, placing fifth both years

Performed with Burbank Youth Symphony while still in high school; also appeared in high school plays

Bonus Trivia

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Reynold's' signature singles "Aba Daba Honeymoon" (1950) and "Tammy" (1957) were certified gold records.

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She was the head of Harmon Productions.

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Reynolds filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for her Las Vegas hotel in July 1997.

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In October 2012, Reynolds was hospitalized at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles, CA following a bad reaction to medication. She was forced to cancel appearances for the next three months due to her health condition.

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