Debbie Reynolds

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Updated On March 26, 2023

Debbie Reynolds is a late American actress, singer, dancer, humanitarian, and businesswoman. Moreover, Debbie Reynolds has received prestigious awards like the ‘Academy Award,’ ‘The National Board of Review Award,’ and ‘The Screen Actors Guild Award’ during her career.’

Early Life

On the 1st of April 1932, Debbie Reynolds was born in Los Angeles, California, in the United States of America. At the age of 84 years old, she passed away and holds American nationality.

She believes in the Catholic Christian religion and has a birth sign of Aries. Moreover, she has a mixed ethnicity of Scotch-Irish-English descent. Reynolds was the daughter of Raymond Francis Reynolds (father) and Maxine Harmon (mother).

Moreover, her father was a carpenter and was part of the ‘Southern Pacific Railroad’ project. She grew up with her older brother whose name is William Reynolds. During her childhood day, she lived with her family in a shack at Magnolia Street, El Paso. Later, they shift to Burbank, California in the year 1939.

Talking about her academic qualification, she attended ‘Burbank High School.’ During her school year, she won the ‘Miss Burbank Beauty Contest’ in 1948 at the age of 16 years old.


Reynolds’s daughter Carrie Fisher suffered a medical emergency during a flight in December 2016. Moreover, her daughter subsequently died due to cardiac arrest on 27 December 2016.

Debbie was admitted to the ‘Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’ in Los Angeles on the 28th of December 2016 due to a severe stroke. That same day, she passed away due to an intracerebral hemorrhage.

Debbie’s mortal remains were buried along with that of her daughter at the ‘Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills’ in Los Angeles.

Debbie Reynolds – Net Worth 2023

At the time of her death, her net worth is estimated at around $85 million which she collects from her acting, singing, and businesses.

Professional Career

After winning the beauty contest, Debbie Reynolds received offers from ‘MGM’ and ‘Warner Bros.’ Moreover, she accepts the offer from ‘Warner Bros’ and associated with the studio for two years.

In her early years, she did minor roles in feature films like ‘June Bride’ (1948) and also appeared in a musical titled ‘The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady’ (1950). After ‘Warner Bros’ stopped producing musicals, Reynolds accepted an offer from ‘MGM.’

In the year the 1950s, she appeared in several musical movies including ‘Two Weeks with Love’ (1950), ‘Skirts Ahoy!’ (1952), ‘Give a Girl a Break’ (1953), ‘The Affairs of Dobie Gillis’ (1953), ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ (1952), and ‘Bundle of Joy’ (1956). Similarly, she showed her talent as a singer in ‘Three Little Words’ (1950), in which she portrayed vocalist ‘Helen Kane.’

Other Appearances

In the 1957 romantic comedy film ‘Tammy and The Bachelor’ she appeared and her recording of the sentimental ballad ‘Tammy’ for the film reached the topmost position on the Billboard music charts.
Moreover, as a singer, she records the sentimental ballad ‘Tammy’ for the film reached the topmost position in the Billboard music charts. ‘A Very Special Love’ (1958) and ‘Am I That Easy to Forget’ (1960) are some of her hits songs.
She played the lead role in the 1964 feature film ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown,’ which was based on the fictionalized account of a survivor of the Titanic disaster. Later, in 1966, she did the titular role in the feature film ‘The Singing Nun.’
She made her Broadway debut in 1973 with the revival of the musical ‘Irene.’ Her performance was well-received and she was nominated for many awards. Moreover, she appeared in the self-titled play ‘Debbie’ in the year 1976. ‘Annie Get Your Gun’ (1977), ‘Woman of the Year’ (1982), and ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ (1989) are her other appearances on Broadway.


In 1973, she gave her voice to the lead character in the animated musical ‘Charlotte’s Web.’ Her other voice work included ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ (1998 US release), ‘Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Movie’ (1998), ‘Rugrats in Paris: The Movie’ (2000), ‘Rugrats: Acorn Nuts & Diapey Butts’ (2000), and ‘The Penguins of Madagascar’ (2010).

Other acting works and other works

She founded her own dance studio in the year 1979 in Hollywood. In 1983, she released  an exercise video titled ‘Do It Debbie’s Way!’ She bought ‘Clarion Hotel and Casino,’ and renamed it ‘Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Hotel’ in the year 1992.

Due to her business venture failure, she was forced to declare bankruptcy in the year 1997. She was cast in Disney’s ‘Halloweentown’ series from 1998 to 2006.

Moreover, she appeared in the television sitcom ‘Will & Grace’ in the year 1999 and she continued playing her role till the end of the series in 2006. She appeared in her own West End show ‘Debbie Reynolds: Alive and Fabulous’ in the year 2010.

 In 2016, she was seen in a documentary about her life named ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ and it turned out to be her final film appearance; the film premiered on HBO on January 7, 2017.


She was named the 1955 ‘Hasty Pudding Woman of the Year’ by ‘The Hasty Pudding Theatricals Society’ at ‘Harvard University.’ Next year in 1956, she won the ‘National Board of Review Award’ in the ‘Best Supporting Actress,’ category for ‘The Catered Affair.’
Moreover, she won the ‘Golden Globe Award’ in the ‘Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy,’ category for the movie ‘Mother’ in the year 1997. From the ‘University of Nevada’, she received an honorary degree in Doctor in Human Letters in the year 2007 in Reno.
Similarly, she won the ‘Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award’ in 2014, and in 2015, she was honored with ‘Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award’ by the ‘Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.’
Moreover, she was inducted at the ‘Hollywood Walk of Fame,’ at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard. Similarly, her hand and footprints are preserved at the ‘Grauman’s Chinese Theatre’ in Hollywood.

Relationship Status

In her lifetime, Debbie Reynolds married thrice. Firstly, she married Eddie Fisher, an American singer, in 1955. With the marriage, the couple has two children; Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher.

Moreover, the couple divorced in the year 1959. After a year of divorce, Reynolds married Harry Karl who is a businessperson in 1960. And, they divorced in the year 1973.

Later, she married Richard Hamlett in the year 1984. Hamlett is an entrepreneur by profession. But, the third relationship also turned into divorce, and the couple divorced in 1996.

Besides her marital relationship, she also dated Robert Fallon, Agnes Moorehead, Bob Neal, Gustavo Rojo, Tab Hunter, Robert Wagner, Arthur Loew Jr., Glenn Ford, Grover Asmus, and Scott Brady.

Body Measurements

Talking about her body stats, she stands 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs around 58 kg. Moreover, she has grey eyes with blonde hair color and there is no other information regarding her other body stats such as shoe size, dress size, and many others.

Debbie Reynolds – Social Media

This American actress is no more alive in this world. So, Reynolds is not active on social media platforms such as Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.