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Debbie Reynolds to Receive SAG Lifetime Achievement Award tonight


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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/classichollywood/la-et-mn-ca-debbie-reynolds-classic-hollywood-20150125-story.html#page=1

 

This is a very interesting article that LA Times did.  Debbie Reynolds shares many interesting anecdotes from her career.

 

While I'm sure that Reynolds isn't everyone's cup of tea, I really enjoy her performances.  She's energetic and spunky in many of her roles, like Singin' in the Rain and The Tender Trap.  While I have to say that some of her dialogue in The Tender Trap makes me cringe (while it is a product of its time, it sounds so outdated now), I do enjoy her persona. 

 

She also surprised me with her dramatic performance in The Catered Affair.  She is very good in her films.  It's especially amazing to me how well she dances in Singin' in the Rain.  She wasn't known as a dancer when she was cast in the part.  For someone who basically had to go through dancing boot camp to complete her role and dancing alongside Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor no less, she does a very good job. 

 

What I love about Debbie Reynolds, is from all the interviews I've seen/read about her, she seems very humble and very nice and truly appreciative of her career.  She's also a true fan of Hollywood (as evidenced by the costume collection she used to have) and it shows through her recollections and anecdotes of her time in "Classic Hollywood."  She would be fascinating to have as a dinner guest.

 

I recorded a few of the Debbie Reynolds movies that TCM aired a few days ago, but haven't watched them yet.  From what I've seen of Reynolds' work, I really enjoyed:

 

Singin' in the Rain

The Tender Trap

The Catered Affair

The Mating Game (The pairing of Reynolds with Tony Randall is odd, but I enjoyed it anyway)

Susan Slept Here

Divorce, American Style

Charlotte's Web (voice of Charlotte)

Kiki's Delivery Service (voice of "Madame")

 

I recorded The Unsinkable Molly Brown but haven't watched it yet. 

 

My husband also likes watching the Debbie Reynolds films with me (at least the young Debbie Reynolds films) because he thinks she's cute, so that's a plus as well.

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http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/classichollywood/la-et-mn-ca-debbie-reynolds-classic-hollywood-20150125-story.html#page=1

 

This is a very interesting article that LA Times did.  Debbie Reynolds shares many interesting anecdotes from her career.

 

While I'm sure that Reynolds isn't everyone's cup of tea, I really enjoy her performances.  She's energetic and spunky in many of her roles, like Singin' in the Rain and The Tender Trap.  While I have to say that some of her dialogue in The Tender Trap makes me cringe (while it is a product of its time, it sounds so outdated now), I do enjoy her persona. 

 

She also surprised me with her dramatic performance in The Catered Affair.  She is very good in her films.  It's especially amazing to me how well she dances in Singin' in the Rain.  She wasn't known as a dancer when she was cast in the part.  For someone who basically had to go through dancing boot camp to complete her role and dancing alongside Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor no less, she does a very good job. 

 

What I love about Debbie Reynolds, is from all the interviews I've seen/read about her, she seems very humble and very nice and truly appreciative of her career.  She's also a true fan of Hollywood (as evidenced by the costume collection she used to have) and it shows through her recollections and anecdotes of her time in "Classic Hollywood."  She would be fascinating to have as a dinner guest.

 

Just read that article.    I have the same take as you;  In all the interviews I have seen, Reynolds comes off as a very nice and humble.       It was nice to see Reynolds mention that Bette Davis was very helpful to her during The Catered Affair (since the director, Brooks wasn't according to Debbie).

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Just read that article.    I have the same take as you;  In all the interviews I have seen, Reynolds comes off as a very nice and humble.       It was nice to see Reynolds mention that Bette Davis was very helpful to her during The Catered Affair (since the director, Brooks wasn't according to Debbie).

I also liked that as well.  From many other accounts I've read, Bette Davis could be difficult to work with.  It's nice to hear that she was nice to newcomers like Reynolds and stick up for people.  Bette Davis is one of my favorites, she can do wrong for me, but it is nice to hear that she could be generous when she wanted to be.

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You're gonna love Molly Brown, racer. The songs are great (Meredeth Willson!) and Debbie carries the entire film, seemingly effortlessly.

 

I was lucky enough to meet Debbie backstage after a show-she was fabulous! I thanked her for buying & preserving all those old MGM costumes and she was genuinely delighted. 

 

She is so packed full of talent, we should be so grateful it's frozen in time on film. And doubly grateful she never gave up her career through all the trials & tribulations of her life. She definitely deserves recognition for her contribution to our culture.

 

(I am also grateful to her for doubling our pleasure by having Carrie Fisher!)

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I didnt realize the SAGS were on last night. How was her tribute/speech? Sorry I missed it....though I'm sure it'll turn up on Youtube soon.........

Carrie made the presentation and was pretty good, but I'm afraid Debbie doesn't appear to be doing well these days. She seemed confused slightly and her acceptance speech was a bit all over the place. Twice she said Singin' in the Rain was her favorite film, then toward the end she said The Unsinkable Molly Brown was her favorite film. I saw her a couple of years ago on the cruise and she's certainly not as sharp as she was then.

 

I don't mean to be catty but I just gotta say something about Todd & Carrie. Todd had on a frigging baseball cap at a formal function, and while Carrie had on a beautiful dress and looked in great shape, she could have combed her hair and/or freshened up the color. Debbie did look good though.

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Carrie made the presentation and was pretty good, but I'm afraid Debbie doesn't appear to be doing well these days. She seemed confused slightly and her acceptance speech was a bit all over the place. Twice she said Singin' in the Rain was her favorite film, then toward the end she said The Unsinkable Molly Brown was her favorite film. I saw her a couple of years ago on the cruise and she's certainly not as sharp as she was then.

 

I don't mean to be catty but I just gotta say something about Todd & Carrie. Todd had on a frigging baseball cap at a formal function, and while Carrie had on a beautiful dress and looked in great shape, she could have combed her hair and/or freshened up the color. Debbie did look good though.

 

 

Sorry to hear that about Debbie. There was something in the news maybe a year ago of her pulling out of something due to some illness. Cant remember what it was called (officially) Cant believe her son wore a baseball cap! He must be in his 50s by now..........

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Hibi-I just realized your board name is Hi Bye. In my head it's hi bee.

 

Anyway, Todd wasn't on camera that much but the ball cap had some words on it, like he was advertising something. It was gauche, and if you knew me I'm not that particular about my own attire. But at least I know how to dress for a formal function.

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Well,  I can't say enough good things about Debbie.  I've loved her since she was a teenager at the beginning of her career.  And like the others, I too really believe that she is a generous, loving person.  Although she was only in a few episodes of Will and Grace, whenever she did appear she made things funnier and certainly brightened the mood of the program.  She is deserving of any awards she receives.

 

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Hibi-I just realized your board name is Hi Bye. In my head it's hi bee.

 

Anyway, Todd wasn't on camera that much but the ball cap had some words on it, like he was advertising something. It was gauche, and if you knew me I'm not that particular about my own attire. But at least I know how to dress for a formal function.

 

It's Hibi as in Hibiscus. My favorite flower! ( But you can pronounce it any way you like) How tacky. I wonder what he was advertising. (LOL).

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Personally:

 

I dislike ball caps, or, what my DAD always referred to as "golf caps". ( anyway, they LOOK the same).  Besides, when I was a kid, the ONLY guys who wore them were OLD F A R T S!  SOME kids would wear them, but MOST of us never bothered unless we were in LITTLE LEAGUE and on our way to a game!

 

Too many guys wear them EVERYwhere, and they truly DO contribute to our nation turning into "The United States of Generica"!

 

I didn't see the tribute in discussion.  but, if I did, I'd have been watching it alone, as for some reason, my WIFE can't stand Debbie Reynolds.  I don't DISLIKE her, but was never THAT BIG a fan.  It all depended on what she was in.

 

I think also, what perpetuates her dislike is the notion by too many that we're supposed to adore Debbie Reynolds, much like a lot of people felt the same way about AUDREY HEPBURN---as if it were somehow unAmerican to NOT just looooove! her!

 

 

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Sorry to hear that about Debbie. There was something in the news maybe a year ago of her pulling out of something due to some illness. Cant remember what it was called (officially) Cant believe her son wore a baseball cap! He must be in his 50s by now..........

Susan Slept Here has always been a favorite of mine. Good for Debbie !

 

I found this on her previous cancellations

 

From: BroadwayWORLD.COM
October 10, 2012  3:07 PM
 
Debbie Reynolds Cancels Appearances Due to Illness
 
Photo Credit: Linda Lenzi
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According to published reports, iconic Hollywood entertainer Debbie Reynolds has had to cancel her appearances for the next three months because of an adverse reaction to her medication. She is currently hospitalized at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
 
Reynolds’ career began unexpectedly in 1948 when she won a beauty contest at the age of 16. Two of the contest judges were scouts from Warner Brothers and MGM. When they heard Reynolds’ show-stopping rendition of Betty Hutton’s “I’m Just a Square in a Social Circle,” they took an interest in the talented singer. With their help, Reynolds eventually became a triple-threat star. She soon made her screen debut with June Haver and James Baron in “The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady.” A subsequent performance in a Busby Berkley musical, “Two Weeks with Love,” convinced Louis B. Mayer to choose Reynolds for the lead female role opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O’Conner in “Singin’ in the Rain,” which received several Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and was ranked No. 1 on the American Film Institute’s list of the top 100 musicals of all time.
 
The young actress went on to star in more than 25 films, including her Academy Award nominated role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” Her career skyrocketed and in addition to appearing as a leading lady in musicals and comedies, she performed on television and in nightclubs, recording smash hit songs such as “Tammy,” “Am I That Easy to Forget” and “Cocktail Hour.” Reynolds had a recurring role in the sitcom “Will and Grace” and recently appeared in the 2012 comedy “One for the Money,” which also starred Katherine Heigl. In addition to her Oscar nomination, she is the recipient of five Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and one Tony Award nomination.
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I haven't watched Debbie's speech yet, I recorded it though.  I heard that she was having health issues a few years ago and I hope that if she was confused at the microphone that maybe she was nervous or something and this isn't indicative of a larger health problem.  I think that Debbie seems like a genuinely nice person and it's a real shame that she was never able to build that Hollywood Costume museum that she dreamed of having. 

 

Carrie Fisher seems so down to earth, she's faced issues that "normal" people (who weren't Princess Leia in "Star Wars") have.  She's funny and frank about her life.  I'll probably check out her books someday.  I'm glad she was able to put together a nice tribute to her mother. 

 

I can see possibly why people may not be a fan of Debbie, sometimes those with the perky, nice girl persona can be a turn-off, e.g. Sandra Dee.  I personally like the wholesome, perky personalities.  Typically, they will appear in fun, fluff romantic comedies that definitely aren't going to be winning any awards but they're entertaining.  Reynolds is very talented and has always made a good impression on me in her films (as has Sandra Dee). 

 

I saw a Dick Cavett interview a while back with Debbie Reynolds.  She was hilarious.  She was her typical sweet self, but could display bawdy humor at times.  Especially when the second guest came out-- Groucho Marx.  Groucho kept hitting on Debbie and it was hilarious.  Then Groucho embarrassed Debbie by telling a raunchy story about him visiting her when she was in the hospital. 

 

I also think it is great that Debbie was able to keep her friendship with Elizabeth Taylor despite Taylor helping in breaking up her marriage to Eddie Fisher.  Granted, for the marriage to break up so easily, there were probably already problems, but Taylor helped speed things along. 

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About 20 years ago while in Las Vegas I visited her hotel/casino to view her costume collection.  As I remember it was fairly small, maybe not her entire collection, but nicely displayed.  We looked around and had lunch in a small restaurant.  There were few visitors that day, and from what I read now I guess it was on its way out.  Too bad it couldn't be made to work.

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