The Illustrious Career of Debbie Reynolds That Spanned Seven Decades
Her big break came back in 1950 when she stared in 'The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady.'
Debbie Reynolds, who died Wednesday evening, burst onto the Hollywood scene at the age of 18 in 1950 and her career had barely slowed down since.
Her big break came in 1950 when she stared in The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady, but she hit the big time two years later with Singin’ in the Rain opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor.
In 1964, she was nominated for an Oscar for her role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955, and had two children together – Carrie and Todd. Her marriage to Fisher ended in 1959 and became one of the most notorious scandals in Hollywood history.
Fisher abandoned his wife and children to marry her best friend, screen siren Elizabeth Taylor.
As the years went on, Reynolds was able to forgive Taylor. In 2013, she told Inside Edition: "I told him he wasn’t going to last with Liz."
Reynolds was married two more times following her divorce from Fisher. In 1960 she wed businessman Harry Karl, divorcing in 1973, and had no children together.
In 1984 she married real estate developer Richard Hamlett and they divorced in 1996.
Reynolds owned a vast collection of Hollywood memorabilia. Two years ago, the actress auctioned off her collection which included Vivien Leigh's lace hat from Gone with the Wind, the ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz and one of Elizabeth Taylor’s costumes from Cleopatra.
The 84-year-old last appeared on screen in the critically acclaimed HBO film, Behind the Candelabra, the story of Liberace that starred Michael Douglas and Matt Damon.
Next year, HBO will air a documentary titled Bright Lights, which will chronicle on her relationship with her daughter Carrie, who died the day before her mother.
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