Reynolds in 1987
|Born||Mary Frances Reynolds|
April 1, 1932
|Died||December 28, 2016 (aged 84)|
|Cause of death|
|Occupation||Actress, singer, dancer, businesswoman|
(m. 1955; div. 1959)
(m. 1960; div. 1973)
(m. 1984; div. 1996)
Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, humanitarian, and mother of the actress and writer
She starred in
In 1969, she starred on television in
Reynolds also had several business ventures, including ownership of a dance studio and a
On December 28, 2016, Reynolds was hospitalized at
Reynolds was born on April 1, 1932, in
Her mother took in laundry for income, while they lived in a shack on Magnolia Street in El Paso. "We may have been poor," she said in a 1963 interview, "but we always had something to eat, even if Dad had to go out on the desert and shoot jackrabbits."
One of the advantages of having been poor is that you learn to appreciate good fortune and the value of a dollar, and poverty holds no fear for you because you know you've gone through it and you can do it again... But we were always a happy family and a religious one. And I'm trying to inculcate in my children the same sense of values, the same tone that my mother gave to me.
Her family moved to
One of her closest high school friends said that she rarely dated during her teenage years in Burbank.
They never found her attractive in school. She was cute, but sort of tomboyish, and her family never had any money to speak of. She never dressed well or drove a car. And, I think, during all the years in school, she was invited to only one dance.
Reynolds agreed, saying that "when I started, I didn't even know how to dress. I wore dungarees and a shirt. I had no money, no taste and no training." Her friend adds:
I say this in all sincerity. Debbie can serve as an inspiration to all young American womanhood. She came up the hard way, and she has a realistic sense of values based on faith, love, work and money. Life has been kind to her because she has been kind to life. She's a young woman with a conscience, which is something rare in Hollywood actresses. She also has a refreshing sense of honesty.