Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher


Granddaughter Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter, accepted the award in her honor. Debbie is best known for singing and dancing her way into Gene Kelly’s (and America’s) heart as the spunky and sweet-voiced Kathy Selden in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, one of the most famous movie musicals of all time and No. 5 on American Film Institute’s list of the best films ever made. Born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, Reynold’s family moved to California when she was 7. She was discovered at 16 when she won the Miss Burbank pageant in 1948.Than she changed her name to Debbie. She had the first role on the big screen in 1950’s The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady. She played iconic roles in “Tammy and the Bachelor” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”


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