Debbie Reynolds Biography (1932-)

Born Mary Frances Reynolds, April 1, 1932, in El Paso, TX; daughter of Raymond F. (a carpenter for Southern Pacific Railroad) and Maxene Reynolds; marriedEddie Fisher (a singer and actor), September 26, 1955 (divorced, 1959); married Harry Karl (a shoe magnate and producer), November 25, 1960 (divorced, 1973); married Richard Hamlett, 1985 (divorced May, 1996); children: (first marriage) Carrie Frances (an actress and writer), Todd Emmanuel (a television director); (stepchildren from second marriage) Denise, Harrison, Tina Marie. Addresses: Office: Debbie Reynolds Studios, Attn: Margie Duncan, 6514 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91606-2409.; Agent: William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Nationality
American
Gender
Female
Occupation
Actress, singer
Birth Details
1932
El Paso, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Appearances
  • Stars of Tomorrow, Bliss-Hayden Theatre, Los Angeles, 1952
  • Title role, Irene, Majestic Theatre, New York City, 1973-74
  • The Debbie Reynolds Show, London Palladium, London, 1975
  • Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun, Los Angeles and San Francisco, CA, 1977
  • Tess Harding, Woman of the Year, Palace Theatre, New York City, 1984
  • Major Tours
  • Annie Oakley, Annie Get Your Gun, U.S. cities, 1977
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown, U.S. cities, 1989
  • Film Appearances
  • Boo's Girlfriend, June Bride, Warner Bros., 1948
  • Maureen O'Grady, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, Warner Bros., 1950
  • Helen Kane, Three Little Words, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Melba Robinson, Two Weeks with Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1950
  • Gwen, Mr. Imperium (also known as You Belong to My Heart),Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1951
  • Kathy Selden, Singin' in the Rain, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952
  • Cameo, Skirts Ahoy!, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952
  • Judy LeRoy, I Love Melvin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Pansy Hammer, The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Suzie Doolittle, Give the Girl a Break, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1953
  • Susan Landis, Susan Slept Here, RKO Radio Pictures, 1953
  • Minerva Mulvain, Athena, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1954
  • Carol Pace, Hit the Deck, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955
  • Julie Gillis, The Tender Trap, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1955
  • Jane Hurley, The Catered Affair (also known as Wedding Breakfast), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Polly Parish, Bundle of Joy, RKO Radio Pictures, 1956
  • Guest, Meet Me in Las Vegas (also known as Viva Las Vegas!), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Comedienne in movie, The Rack, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1956
  • Tammy Tartleton, Tammy and the Bachelor (also known as Tammy), Universal, 1957
  • Janet Blake, This Happy Feeling, Universal, 1958
  • Mariette Larkin, The Mating Game, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • Holly LeMaise, Say One for Me, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1959
  • Maggie Putnam, It Started with a Kiss, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • Nell Nash, The Gazebo, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959
  • Peggy Brown, The Rat Race, Paramount, 1960
  • Cameo, Pepe, Columbia, 1960
  • Jessica Poole, The Pleasure of His Company, Paramount, 1961
  • Lucretia Rogers, The Second Time Around, Paramount, 1963
  • Lilith Prescott, How the West Was Won, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1963
  • Janice Courtney, My Six Loves, Paramount, 1963
  • Mary McKellaway, Mary, Mary, Warner Bros., 1963
  • Hollywood Without Make-Up, Reel Media, 1963
  • Herself, The Story of a Dress, 1964
  • Title role, The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1964
  • Charlie Sorel, Goodbye, Charlie, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1964
  • Soeur Sourire, The Singing Nun, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • Barbara Harmon, Divorce, American Style, Columbia, 1967
  • Jenny Henderson, How Sweet It Is!, National General Pictures, 1968
  • Adelle Bruckner, What's the Matter with Helen?, United Artists, 1971
  • Voice of Charlotte, Charlotte's Web (animated; also known as E.B. White's Charlotte's Web), Paramount, 1973
  • Narrator (with others), That's Entertainment!, United Artists, 1974
  • That's Entertainment, Part II, United Artists, 1976
  • (Archive footage) That's Dancing!, 1985
  • Madame, Majo no takkyubin (also known as Kiki's Delivery Service), 1989
  • Herself, The Bodyguard, Warner Bros., 1992
  • Jack L. Warner: The Last Mogul, 1993
  • Eugenia, Heaven and Earth, Warner Bros., 1993
  • Host, That's Entertainment! III, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1994
  • Herself, Wedding Bell Blues, BMG Independents/Legacy Releasing, 1996
  • Beatrice Henderson, Mother, Paramount, 1996
  • Berniece Brackett, In and Out, Paramount, 1997
  • Off the Menu: The Last Days of Chasen's, Northern Arts, 1997
  • B. Blanton, Zack and Reba, 1998
  • Voice, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Universal, 1998
  • Voice of Mrs. Claus, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie, Good Times Entertainment, 1998
  • Herself, Keepers of the Frame, 1998
  • Voice, Rugrats in Paris: The Movie (animated), Paramount, 2000
  • Cinerama Adventure, 2002
  • Connie and Carla, 2004
  • Shoshana Jacovski, Fingers Walking, Entera, 2005
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • The Eddie Fisher Show, NBC, 1957-59
  • Debbie Thompson, The Debbie Reynolds Show (later called Debbie), NBC, 1969-70
  • Sydney Chase, Aloha Paradise, ABC, 1981
  • Katie Rogers, Brookside, 1987-89
  • Host, Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories, AMC, 1991
  • The Real Las Vegas, 1996
  • Voice of Lulu Pickles, Rugrats (animated), Nickelodeon, 2001-2004
  • Movies
  • Sadie Rothman, Sadie and Son, CBS, 1987
  • Amanda Cody, Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder, NBC, 1989
  • Helen Jeffries, Battling for Baby, CBS, 1992
  • Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown, The Disney Channel, 1998
  • Ruth "Gram" Martin, The Christmas Wish, ABC, 1998
  • Shirlee Allison, A Gift of Love: The Daniel Huffman Story, Showtime, 1999
  • Gwen, Virtual Mom, 2000
  • Piper Grayson, These Old Broads, ABC, 2001
  • Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown II: Kalabar's Revenge (also known asHalloweentown II), The Disney Channel, 2001
  • Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown High, The Disney Channel, 2004
  • Episodic
  • Toast of the Town, 1953, 1954, 1955, 1956, 1964, 1966
  • What's My Line?, 1954, 1956, 1959, 1961, 1964
  • "I Hear America Singing," Ford Star Jubilee, 1955
  • "Johnny Grant," This Is Your Life, 1960
  • "USO-Wherever They Go!," The DuPont Show of the Week, 1961
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1962
  • The Hollywood Palace, 1965, 1970
  • The Joey Bishop Show, ABC, 1967
  • Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, 1969, 1970, 1972
  • The Andy Williams Show, 1969
  • "It's the Power Structure, Baby," Bracken's World, 1969
  • Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour, ABC, 1970
  • The Dick Cavett Show, 1970, 1976
  • The Merv Griffin Show, 1970
  • The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973
  • This Is Tom Jones, 1970
  • The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, 1971
  • Herself, The ABC Comedy Hour, ABC, 1972
  • The Mike Douglas Show, 1976
  • Sheila Evans, "The Promoter/The Judges/The Family Plan/Forever Engaged: Parts 1 and 2," The Love Boat, 1980
  • Felicia Blake, "Sorry, Wrong Lips!," Alice, 1982
  • Alice Farrell, Jennifer Slept Here, 1983
  • Doris, "First Impressions/Love Finds Florence Nightingale," The Love Boat, 1983
  • Barbara Farrell, "Promises to Keep," Hotel, 1986
  • Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1987
  • Truby Steele, "There Goes the Bride" Part 2, The Golden Girls, 1991
  • Deedee Chappel, "If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother," Wings,NBC, 1994
  • Audrey Conner, Roseanne, ABC, 1996
  • "Live and Love in La-la Land," Carrie on Hollywood, 1996
  • "Chasing the Hollywood Dream," Carrie on Hollywood, 1996
  • The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 1996, 1999, 2002
  • Audrey Conner, "Arsenic and Old Mom," Roseanne, 1997
  • Wheel of Fortune, 1998
  • Hollywood Squares, 1998
  • Bobbi Adler, "The Unsinkable Mommy Adler," Will & Grace, NBC,1999
  • Bobbi Adler, "Whose Mom Is It, Anyway?," Will & Grace, NBC, 1999
  • Bobbi Adler, "Lows in the Mid-Eighties," Will & Grace, NBC, 2000
  • Larry King Live, CNN, 2001, 2005
  • Betty Poplovich, "Manhunt," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2001
  • Bobbi Adler, "Moveable Feast," Will & Grace, NBC, 2001
  • Katherine Seldes, "Secrets and Lies," First Monday, CBS, 2002
  • "Debbie Reynolds," Private Screening, 2002
  • Bobbi Adler, "Marry Me a Little, Marry Me a Little More," Will & Grace, NBC, 2002
  • Conversations From the Edge with Carrie Fisher, Oxygen, 2003
  • Voice of Nann Possible, "The Golden Years," Kim Possible (animated), The Disney Channel, 2003
  • Voice of Nann Possible, "A Very Possible Christmas," Kim Possible(animated), The Disney Channel, 2003
  • Bobbi Adler, "Fanilow," Will & Grace, NBC, 2003
  • Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show, NBC, 2003
  • Bobbie Adler, "It's a Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad World," Will & Grace,NBC, 2005
  • The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, CBS, 2005
  • Bobbi Adler, "Swish Out of Water," Will & Grace, NBC, 2005
  • Also appeared in The Carol Burnett Show.
  • Specials
  • Operation Entertainment, NBC, 1954
  • A Star Is Born World Premiere, 1954
  • Light's Diamond Jubilee, 1954
  • Atlantic City Holiday, 1956
  • Hedda Hopper's Hollywood, NBC, 1960
  • What About Linda?, 1961
  • The Bob Hope Show, NBC, 1971
  • Opening Night: U.S.A., CBS, 1972
  • The Perry Como Sunshine Show, CBS, 1974
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Bicentennial Star-Spangled Spectacular, NBC, 1976
  • Bing! ... A 50th Anniversary Gala, CBS, 1977
  • Leapin' Lizards, It's Liberace, CBS, 1978
  • The Bob Hope Special, NBC, 1979
  • The All-Star Salute to Mother's Day, NBC, 1981
  • Bob Hope Special: Bob Hope's Woman I Love--Beautiful but Funny, NBC, 1982
  • Ringmaster, Circus of the Stars #7, CBS, 1982
  • Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight, 1982
  • Bob Hope's Happy Birthday Homecoming, NBC, 1985
  • The American Film Institute Salute to Gene Kelly, 1985
  • Jack Paar Is Alive and Well!, NBC, 1987
  • Happy 100th Birthday, Hollywood!, ABC, 1987
  • The Thalians, AMC, 1991
  • Stars and Stripes: Hollywood and World War II, AMC, 1991
  • Larry King TNT Extra, TNT, 1991
  • Bob Hope and Friends: Making New Memories (also known as Bob Hope's First Time With ...), NBC, 1991
  • MGM: When the Lion Roars (also known as The MGM Story), TNT, 1992
  • Legend to Legend Night, NBC, 1993
  • "Betty Grable: Behind the Pin-Up," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • "Liberace: Mr. Showmanship," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Carrie Fisher: The Hollywood Family, Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Interviewee, Debbie Reynolds (documentary), Arts and Entertainment, 1995
  • Las Vegas, Arts and Entertainment, 1996
  • Host, All-Star Moms, CBS, 1997
  • 20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years, 1997
  • Frank Sinatra: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1998
  • Elizabeth Taylor: The E! True Hollywood Story, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, Lifetime, 1998
  • Intimate Portrait: Eva Gabor, Lifetime, 1999
  • Ann Miller: I'm Still Here, TCM, 2000
  • The Trail of the Ruby Slippers: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2000
  • Elizabeth Taylor: England's Other Elizabeth, 2000
  • (Uncredited) Cleopatra: The Film That Changed Hollywood, 2001
  • Pops Goes the Fourth! 2001, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Gene Kelly: Anatomy of a Dancer, 2002
  • Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales, HBO, 2003
  • Interviewee, Las Vegas Live! (documentary), Bravo, 2004
  • Interviewee, Hollywood Home Movies, Arts and Entertainment, 2004
  • Interviewee, AFI's 100 Years ... 100 Songs: America's Greatest Music in the Movies, CBS, 2004
  • Magic Moments: The Best of 50's Pop, 2004
  • Also appeared in A Visit with Debbie Reynolds.
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 30th Annual Academy Awards, 1958
  • Presenter, The 36th Annual Academy Awards, 1964
  • The 37th Annual Academy Awards, 1965
  • Presenter, The 38th Annual Academy Awards, 1966
  • The 44th Annual Academy Awards, 1972
  • The 46th Annual Academy Awards, 1974
  • The 50th Annual Academy Awards, 1978
  • Host, The 37th Annual Golden Globe Awards, 1980
  • Presenter, The 58th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1986
  • Presenter, The 69th Annual Academy Awards, ABC, 1997
  • Television Work
  • Movies
  • Director, Letter to My Mother, 1998
  • Series
  • Producer, Debbie Reynolds' Movie Memories, AMC, 1991
  • RECORDINGS
  • Videos
  • Do It Debbie's Way (exercise video), 1984
  • That's Entertainment! III Behind the Screen, 1994
  • The Making of "Rugrats In Paris", 2000
  • Host, What a Glorious Feeling: The Making of "Singin' in the Rain", 2002
  • Madame, Behind the Microphone: Kiki's Delivery Service, 2003
  • Albums
  • Singin' in the Rain, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1952
  • Singing Nun, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1966
  • And Then I Sing, 1971
  • Two Weeks With Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Divorce American Style, United Artists, 1972
  • Say One for Me, Columbia, 1972
  • The Best of Debbie Reynolds (compilation), Curb, 1972
  • Tammy and the Bachelor, Coral, 1972
  • I Love Melvin, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1972
  • Am I That Easy to Forget?, Dot, 1975
  • Athena, Mercury, 1975
  • Bundle of Joy, RCA Victor, 1975
  • Charlotte's Web, Paramount, 1975
  • Fine and Dandy, Dot, 1975
  • From Debbie With Love, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1975
  • Hit the Deck, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1975
  • How the West Was Won, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1975
  • Irene, Columbia, 1975
  • Tammy, Dot, 1975
  • The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1981
  • Debbie, Dot, 1985
  • Debbie/Am I That Easy to Forget?, Jasmine Records, 1996
  • Cocktail Hour, Columbia River, 2001
  • Singles
  • Recorded numerous singles, including "Tammy" and "Aba Daba Honeymoon."
  • WRITINGS
  • Autobiographies
  • If I Knew Then, 1963
  • (With David Patrick Columbia) Debbie--My Life, Morrow (New York City), 1988

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals
    • New York Times, February 25, 1973
    • Texas Monthly, May, 1997, pp. 208

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