Notable films during this period included The Tender Trap (1955), The Catered Affair (1956), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) (which also resulted in a Top 10 hit title song, Tammy) This Happy Feeling (1958), The Mating Game (1959), The Gazebo (1959), The Rat Race (1960), The Second Time Around (1961), How the West Was Won (1962), and My Six Loves (1963). The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964) gave her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress. She shifted gears in the late 60s, turning to stage musicals, television, and voiceover work, and even an exercise video (1984). I n 1996 starred in Albert Brooks' comedy Mother, giving one of her greatest performances to date. More recently she teamed up with Elizabeth Taylor, Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins on a TV movie written by her daughter Carrie Fisher, entitled These Old Broads.
Our lives have been enriched by the talents of a singer, dancer and actress we know as Debbie Reynolds. Debbie's comedy series, "Aloha paradise" for ABC was shortlived, she produced a highly successful exercise video entitled "DO IT DEBBIE'S WAY." In 1989, Debbie and Harve Presnell toured the U.S. in a revival of THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. In 1998 she was nominated for Favorite Supporting Actress in a Comedy based on her performance in IN AND OUT. And the Museum Despite dark days and relocations, Debbie's Hollywood Motion Picture museum now approaches finite reality in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee . Debbie and Carrie and Todd are constructing this dream on Belle Island Resort. It will be the centerpiece of the Resort, dedicated to the preservation of that marvelous era. The Museum plans to open in the spring of 2005.This writer acknowledges there was no intent to mention all of Debbie's starring roles, or her myriad of awards.
The foregoing is rather the story of a woman whose solution to adversity is not to merely survive, but to constantly revive, renew, and live life to the maximum. Debbie Reynolds' grip on the American heart is one that will transcend generations. She is, and will always truly be, AMERICA 'S SWEETHEART.