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Debbie Reynolds celebrated by her peers

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:12

The veteran actress is given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Debbie Reynolds, the peppy star of enduring Hollywood musicals like "Singin' in the Rain," accepted a lifetime achievement award from the Screen Actors Guild on Sunday (January 25) with a few parting words after more than six decades on screen. The 82-year-old was both roasted and celebrated by her daughter, "Star Wars" actress Carrie Fisher. Reynolds, known for her wholesome looks, starred alongside Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Fred Astaire in cheery song-and-dance musicals of the 1950s and 1960s. Thrust into show business at the age of 16 in 1948 when she was spotted at a beauty pageant, Reynolds said she had entered on a lark. Her screen debut was with Astaire in the 1950 musical "Three Little Words." Reynolds was honored for her achievements as an actor, singer, dancer, and for her efforts to preserve film history, as well as for her humanitarian work, which includes a charity to help fight the stigma of mental illness. She told the star-studded audience that "Singin' in the Rain," was her favorite film, but then later also called "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" her favorite. Reynolds was married three times. Her first husband, singer Eddie Fisher, famously left her for her friend Elizabeth Taylor.

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Debbie Reynolds celebrated by her peers

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 01:12

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