Saturday, August 19, 2006

Debbie Reynolds - Live...A Review

I've just arrived home from seeing Debbie Reynolds
Live in Concert and she was great. My sisters and
husbands kindly paid for the ticket as a birthday
present. The show started at 7.30pm and finished at
9.30pm. Debbie was born Mary Frances on April
Fool's Day, 1932 in El Paso, Texas. This would make
Debbie 74 years old and she is still able to swirl and
dance around the stage.
She cracked jokes sang lot of "old" songs and even
did the jitterbug. Her voice still sounds great and
altho' she doesn't dance a lot on stage she still wore
a gold sequined dress split right up to the top of her thigh.

What I hadn't known before
that Debbie was quite a
impressionist. She did a great
Katherine Hepburn and before
interval she did a excellent Barbra
Streisand, which brought the house down. She showed some clips from her movies and sang along with her
songs on the screen. She also showed some outtakes
(bloopers) from old movies and one of the funniest
blooper was Ronald Regan trying to do up a belt on his
trousers. There were three bloopers shown doing the
same thing before he "got it right".
Debbie's second movie was "Three Little Words"
with Fred Astaire and one of America's funniest
comedians Red Skelton. Then in 1951 she co-starred
(in my opinion) in the best musical ever made.....
"Singing in the Rain" with the brilliant Gene Kelly
and Donald O'Connor.
Tonight on stage she told us that the 1st movie star she met at MGM
was Clark Gable. How cool would that have been. She co-starred with some great
male stars including Frank Sinatra, Glenn Ford and Gregory Peck.
Debbie's last film was in 1972 and has been in show business for more
than 50 years. After her last film she has kept busy on stage, in night
clubs, on television and touring the world with various shows.
Debbie was married to Eddie Fisher and they had a daughter Carrie
Fisher who was to become famous as Princess Leia from "Star Wars"
A funny story from tonight's show. Debbie was mentioning about
her husbands and was looking for another husband (maybe not)
and thought Burt Reynolds could be a "good bet" as she wouldn't
have to change her name and that they could swap each other's

The Ticket from tonight's show.

A footnote:- My sister, Marilyn works at the box office where Debbie was
performing and they have been showing over and over and over and over
and over (you get the picture) a film clip of Debbie singing
"Abba Dabba Honeymoon" from "Two Weeks With Love". Marilyn said
to me that "if they play that bloody film clip one more time she was gonna
rip the TV out of the wall" as the constant playing was sending her bonkers.
Ah the joys of being in "show Biz".
Would I recommend you to go and see Debbie....bloody oath (Aussie for too
right go and see it).

Finally if this book is still available (it was published in 1988) and you
like to read good autobiographies then this is a good read. I should know
as this is my copy.
PS Another two great reads are "Life Is Too Short" by Mickey Rooney
and "Shelley 11 by Shelley Winters.


Jim said...

Warren, I sure am glad you went. I probably won't and you wrote a good short review!
I remember her of (course) when she was just getting popular. Abba Dabba Honeymoon is still fine with me.
I'll look for the books. Thanks lots.

Peter said...

What a shame you didn't enjoy the Debbie does Brisbane show mate.
I think you need to photograph some of your collected library of biography's, Film magazines, Star wars paraphenalia and do some posts about them so others will know just how commited you are to your lifes work.

wazza said...

Hey, Peter per chance are you being a sarcastic little shit....nah that wouldn't be you me ole' mate now would it?????.

Margaret said...

Hello Waren, she was great wasn't she! It would seem that I don't need to dish the dirt on Peter as you suggested,Peter dished his own dirt with "that dress phot". Cheers Margaret.

Wendy said...

Hey Warren
Well I have finally had a chance to read one of your blogs. Sounds like I should have gone to see the show with you. Oh well there are plenty more shows out there to see.
Glad you enjoyed it and Happy Birthday.

Little Sister.......Wendy

Merle said...

Hi Warren ~~ Great post about a very
talented lady. Glad you enjoyed the show. Also I would like to wish you a very Happy Birthday for whenever.
Another year older and deeper in debt?
Take care, Cheers, Merle.

Hale McKay said...

THat was certainly a great birthday present. I'm glad you enjoyed the show. It sure sounds like a great take.

Raggedy said...

Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

Denise said...

Dear Warren
Thanks for the report on Debbie. I saw the comments to your section on my work. How great they are. I also loved talking with you last night. It lifted my spirits so I have emerged from my funk. It's nice having such a great brother.

DellaB said...

Hi Warren... I saw Debbie being interviewed, somewhere on local TV. She was very impressive. It's good that you enjoyed it, specially when someone else is paying!

Happy Birthday....

Marcus said...

I have a confession: I've never seen Singin in the Rain!
However, it did rain so hard here tonight that I could hardly hear the radio in the car as I was driving Sophie home! I've never seen it rain so hard, the roads were all flooded and I was crawling along at 10k/h.

It's intriguing how the old stars and celebrities keep their good looks and youthful appearance, the power of plastic surgery and botox no doubt.

deb said...

Hi,I really am enjoying all of your comments - pithy and funny. I co-produced Debbie's show in Australia and travelled the country with her and have to say that she was a joy to work with - packed houses everywhere - never wanted limo's she just sat in the bus with her crew and was so generous and outrageously funny funny.After her Sydney Opera House matinee they had 700 people waiting for her at stage door - a record they told me - and she stayed for over an hour signing every autograph and posing for pictures. She is hopefully back in Australia this time next year.