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Saturday, December 31, 2016

Debbie Reynolds passes one day after daughter Carrie Fisher; valley ties

What a year, week or few days of so many celebrities passing.

First Carrie Fisher and then iconic movie, stage and television star Debbie Reynolds joins her daughter only one day later.

Debbie Reynolds had strong ties to the San Fernando Valley.

Pegge Forrest, El Portal’s co-manager, stated, "Debbie Reynolds rode her bike from Burbank to North Hollywood’s El Portal Theatre in North Hollywood when she was 8 years old."

She won a Miss Burbank contest at age 16, then went on to be cast in the star-making role opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain,” at age 19. She was not a trained dancer, had a few months of training and kept up with her co-stars in the movie. One of the most famous dances in movie history over the last 64 years is worth watching again.

Debbie Reynolds was fond of North Hollywood and the El Portal Theatre. When El Portal became a live performance theater, Reynolds performed on its stage 46 times, more than anyone.

Today, the theatre’s marquee read: “Debbie Reynolds, we love you. El Portal’s brightest star.”

She starred in several other famous movies including, The Catered Affair (1956), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964).

Stage credits included: Irene (1973), Debbie (1976), Annie Get Your Gun (1977) and Woman of the Year (1981).

She was also busy with television appearances such as on Will & Grace, Rugrats, Touched by an Angel, Modern Family and had her own show for one year.

Most people know about her marriage to Eddie Fisher in 1955 and the divorce in 1959 and his marriage to Elizabeth Taylor the same day!  Two children, Todd and Carrie Fisher came out of her first marriage.

To read the entire article by Daily News reporter Susan Abram and with support from staff writer Brenda Gazzar and City News Service, please click HERE.

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Posted by Mike Stevens

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