Debbie Reynolds in I Love Melvin trailer

Debbie Reynolds as she appeared in the trailer for the film "I Love Melvin"

Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932–December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer and dancer. She was the voice of Charlotte the spider in Charlotte's Web.


Debbie Reynolds' film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Most of her film work was in MGM musicals, as perky, wholesome young women. Until her death in 2016, Reynolds continued to use her dancing skills with stage work. Nearly all the money she made is spent toward her goal of creating a Hollywood museum. Her collection numbers more than 3,000 costumes and 46,000 square feet worth of props and equipment.

Reynolds made her Broadway debut in 1973 in the revival of "Irene". Although the reviews for the show itself were mixed, hers were all raves and she wound up with a Tony Award nomination the following year for Best Actress in a Musical. The production ultimately ran some 20 months. In 1976, she appeared in a one-woman, short-run (10 days and 14 performances) revue named "Debbie!" at the Minskoff Theatre. Her only other Broadway appearance came when she succeeded Lauren Bacall in "Woman of the Year" in 1983.

Reynolds was the mother of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who preceded her in death by one day, and the former mother-in-law of folk singer Paul Simon.

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