Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds (2016)
With the sad news that Debbie Reynolds has died at age 84, one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, take a moment to revisit some of her lesser-known performances.
Her first breakout role before “Singin’ in the Rain” was in the Fred Astaire and Vera-Ellen musical. Her small but notable role as singer Helen Kane, earned her a Golden Globe nominee for Most Promising Newcomer.
Don Weis’ film tells the story of an aspiring actress, Judy Schneider (Reynolds), who dreams of becoming a Hollywood star and the lowly photographer’s assistance who falls in love with her.
Starring alongside Frank Sinatra as Charlie, the actress played Julie, a singer-actress whose life plans include getting married and settling down. While at first she wards off Charlie’s advances, she falls for him but then discovers he’s a ladies man who’s also seeing other women.
Reynolds co-starred alongside soon-to-be-husband Eddie Fisher in the musical remake of “Bachelor Mother” as a salesgirl who finds and takes care of an abandoned baby. The role garnered her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Comedy or Musical.
The epic-Westestern featured Reynolds as Lilith Prescott, a young woman who goes to St. Louis and finds work performing in a dance hall. She then attracts the attention of professional gambler Cleve Van Valen (Gregory Peck). The film was nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
Earning her first Oscar nomination for Best Actress in a Leading Role, Reynolds entertained audiences as a poor mountain girl who leaves her hometown in search of a better life, respect and a wealthy husband.
Reynolds warmed audiences’ hearts as the gentle and loving spider who tries and saves pig Wilbur from being slaughtered.
The actress earned another Golden Globe nomination for her role as Albert Brooks’ mother, Beatrice Henderson. The comedy told the story of a successful sci-fi writer who, after his second divorce, moves back in with his mom.
For many younger generations she is also known for her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney Channel's "Halloweentown" four movie series.
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