Wednesday, April 1, 2009

It's not just April Fool's Day

It's Debbie Reynolds' birthday! Happy Birthday Debbie!

I watch TCM (Turner Classic Movies) channel a lot, so I wondered why my dvr taped so many Debbie Reynolds movies today!

Today was a Debbie Reynolds movie marathon on TCM in honor of her birthday.

My dvr recorded several Debbie Reynolds movies, but I had to delete some or lose other programs. I kept "Bundle of Joy" from 1956 with her then husband Eddie Fisher, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" from 1964 (which earned her an Oscar nomination for best actress), and a 1971 movie, "What's the Matter with Helen?" I'm looking forward to watching "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" first. That is one of my all time favorite movies.

Debbie has a long filmography, which you can read by clicking the title link to her Wikipedia page. Who could forget her as Grace's ditsy Mom in "Will and Grace!" And she is hilarious in HBO's "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales." In this role she plays herself getting her face and hair done by Ullman's character make-up artist Ruby Romaine. In the HBO special Ruby's tales are shown as flashbacks, while she is getting Debbie ready for an acting gig. Be sure and watch it next time HBO shows it!
UPDATE: After I made this post, I got a comment saying that "Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales" is up in full on Youtube! Thank you to that blogger,named "expat," who has a great Tracey Ullman blog!

My autographed photo is stuck to the glass in its frame (darn humidity)! I had the pleasure of meeting Debbie several times, when she had her Las Vegas hotel and casino in the '90s. She gave free mini-shows at her place during the day and full shows at night. When she wasn't on stage, she would wander around introducing herself to her guests. She was always the gracious hostess and happy to have a real conversation with you, sign autographs or take pictures. And she looked stunning, especially for her age. Her short lived small resort was special, because it contained a large collection of her movie memorabilia on display.

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expat said...

"Tracey Ullman in the Trailer Tales" is up in full on Youtube!

John said...

@expat, Thanks for the info! I'm going to update the blog post with that, so thanks again!

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