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Debbie Reynolds' film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Most of her film work has been in MGM musicals, as perky, wholesome young women. Reynolds continues to use her dancing skills with stage work. Nearly all the money she makes 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) review named "Debbie!" at the Minskoff Theatre. Her only other Broadway appearance to date came when she succeeded Lauren Bacall in "Woman of the Year" in 1983.
Reynolds was the mother of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher and the former mother-in-law of folk singer Paul Simon.
She died on December 28, 2016, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California,United States, the day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died.