Five Fun Facts about Debbie Reynolds…
And a Sneak Peek for January…
CMH is happy to welcome a very special Guest Blogger today —Dorian Hannaway — co-author (with Debbie Reynolds) of the new book, Make ‘Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends — a fabulous personal tour through Debbie’s 65 years on the stage and screen. But that’s not all… CMH is also very happy to say that, courtesy of Harper Collins, and authors Dorian Hannaway and Debbie Reynolds, we will be giving away TEN COPIES of Make ‘Em Laugh in January — so please stay tuned for more details!
And now, without any further adieu — here is Dorian’s Exclusive Guest Post for CMH…
–Annmarie for Classic Movie Hub
Five Fun Facts about Debbie Reynolds
By Dorian Hannaway
1. In 1948, Debbie entered a beauty contest in Burbank, California. Every contestant received a blouse and a scarf. Her brother and his friends went to the show to make fun of her – but she won the title of Miss Burbank. One of the prizes was a screen test at Warner Brothers. The rest, as they say, is movie history!
2. Debbie thought Frank Sinatra was a great kisser. Even though she was engaged to Eddie Fisher at the time, she enjoyed her romantic scenes with Frank in The Tender Trap.
3. Once Debbie’s kids were asleep in the evening, she would visit her good friend Judy Garland who lived nearby. Judy and Debbie spent the time listening to records and sharing Hollywood gossip.
4. After the big scandal of Debbie and Eddie’s divorce when he left her for Elizabeth Taylor, Debbie and Elizabeth renewed their friendship when Richard Burton became Elizabeth’s 4th husband. Debbie and Elizabeth remained friends until Elizabeth’s death in 2011.
5. Debbie’s favorite dance number in film is from Broadway Melodies of 1940. Eleanor Powell and Fred Astaire dance to “Begin the Beguine.” They’re both magnificent.
–Dorian Hannaway for Classic Movie Hub
Dorian Hannaway co-author of Debbie’s New York Times best-selling 2013 memoir, Unsinkable, was the director of late-night programming at CBS for more than 15 years working on the Late Show with David Letterman and the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Craig Kilborn and Tom Snyder.