Debbie Reynolds' TV & Movie Roles Prove Her SAG Life Achievement Award Is More Than Deserved
On Sunday, Jan. 25, we finally get to tune into another awards show, and this time around its the 2015 SAG Awards. As we can expect with each SAG broadcast, the show honors one very special actor or actress who has influenced the acting profession and given back to the entertainment community with their amazing talent. This year, Debbie Reynolds will be given the SAG Life Achievement Award. If that isn't exciting enough, Reynolds' daughter, Carrie Fisher (yes, Princess Leia), will present her mother with the award. Now that's a moment I'm sure both will remember for a long time. In honor of this well deserved recognition, let's take a moment to look at some of Reynolds' best movie and TV roles.
Reynolds is no stranger to showcasing her talent in front of the camera, so as you might imagine, it's hard to narrow down her acting resume to just a few projects. With that said, I selected a few of her most prominent and, in my opinion, best times on the small and big screen. Not only is she impressive in each of these roles, but her ability to sing, dance, and produce laughs in every single one is beyond amazing.
Singin' in the Rain
For me, this is the musical of all musicals. It doesn't get better than Singin' in the Rain with Gene Kelly, Donald O'Connor, and, of course, Reynolds. As the leading lady starring alongside two beloved men, Reynolds stands out as Kathy Selden. Not only does she have the voice of an angel (unlike Jean Hagen's character), but her dance skills make you want to put on some tap shoes.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown
Not only did Reynolds portray someone who made history as a woman from a low-income background who struck it rich and then survived the Titanic (Kathy Bates portrayed Molly Brown in Titanic), but she was also nominated for an Oscar for her role.
How The West Was Won
In 1962, Reynolds starred alongside some of the top names in Hollywood, including Jimmy Stewart, John Wayne, and Gregory Peck, in the film that follows the Westward Expansion in the 19th century.
My Six Loves
In one of my favorite oldies, but goodies movies, My Six Loves follows Reynolds' character as she becomes a surrogate mother to six children and also falls for Cliff Robertson's Reverend Jim Larkin.
The Debbie Reynolds Show
The series wasn't a huge success, Reynolds was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role. And having an entire TV series named after you is no small feat.
Bundle Of Joy
This movie is worth noting, because, yes, Reynolds, starred in it, but so did her former husband Eddie Fisher. Again, Reynolds scored a Golden Globe nom for her work.
Three Little Words
In another musical, Reynolds scored a role with a star-studded cast, including Fred Astaire, Red Skelton, Vera Ellen, and Arlene Dahl. Reynolds played such a convincing role, she scored a 1951 Golden Globe nom for Most Promising Newcomer.
Tammy And The Bachelor
Once again, we are graced with Reynolds' singing as the titular character, this time named Tammy. Believe it or not, her love interest was played by Leslie Nielsen, and, yes, the two fell in love.
If you're a lover of all Disney Channel movies, then I know you love Halloweentown , which starred Reynolds! She plays witch Aggie Cromwell and was able to cast a spell over the entire audience.
Will & Grace
Who else adored Reynolds as Bobbi Adler, aka Grace's mom, on Will & Grace? She was absolutely hilarious. She was so funny, in fact, that she even earned a 2000 Emmy nom for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.
No wonder Reynolds is receiving the SAG Life Achievement Award. Not only is her resume impressive, but so is her ability to sing, dance, act, entertain, and totally capture the audience.