Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Debbie Reynolds - Classic Movie Goddess For July
Early in her career, she had to supply her own clothes for movie premieres and studio photo ops. Given her limited wardrobe, MGM designers Helen Rose, Edith Head, and Walter Plunkett would sketch out designs for the young actress, and her mother would make the gowns for her at home.
Athletic Debbie satisfied her early career dream of becoming a gym teacher by making an exercise video, Do It Debbie's Way (1983).
Won Miss Burbank 1948 at age sixteen.
Considers herself a "movie-oholic" and has an extensive collection of memorabilia, with over 4,000 costumes from the silent screen period to the 1970s. She has been known to gather posters from her collection of 3,000 and drive to homes of actor pals for autographs. In the 1990s she turned her collection into a Las Vegas movie museum, but had to shut it down in 1997 because of financial problems. Recently she has looked into the possibility of opening up a hall of fame museum in Hollywood near Grauman's Chinese Theatre.
Daughter is Carrie Fisher of Princess Leia (Star Wars) fame.