Unsinkable: A Memoir

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HarperCollins, Apr 2, 2013 - Biography & Autobiography - 320 pages
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The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds—an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again—that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present

Unsinkable

Inthe closing pages of her 1988 autobiography Debbie: My Life, Debbie Reynolds wrote about finding her "brave, loyal, and loving" new husband. After two broken marriages, this third, she believed, was her lucky charm. But within a few years, Debbie discovered that he had betrayed her emotionally and financially, nearly destroying her life.

Today, she writes, "When I read the optimistic ending of my last memoir now, I can't believe how naive I was when I wrote it. In Unsinkable, I look back at the many years since then, and share my memories of a film career that took me from the Miss Burbank Contest of 1948 to the work I did in 2012. . . . To paraphrase Bette Davis: Fasten your seatbelts, I've had a bumpy ride."

Unsinkable shines a spotlight on the resilient woman whose talent and passion for her work have endured for more than six decades. In her engaging, down-to-earth voice, Debbie shares private details about her man and money troubles, including building and losing her Las Vegas dream hotel and her treasured Hollywood memorabilia collection. Yet no matter how difficult the problems, the show always goes on.

Debbie also invites us into the close circle of her family, speaking with deep affection and honesty about her relationships with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher. She looks back at her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age—"the most magical time you could imagine"—including her lifelong friendship with (and years-long estrangement from) the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Here, too, are stories that never reached the tabloids about numerous celebrities, such as Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Gene Kelly, and many more. She takes us on a guided tour through her movies with delightful, often hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes about every film in which she was involved, from 1948 to the present.

Frank and forthright, and featuring dozens of previously unseen photos from Debbie's personal collection, Unsinkable is a poignant reminder that there is light in the darkest times. It is a revealing portrait of a woman whose determination is an inspiration.

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Review: Unsinkable: A Memoir

User Review  - Elaine - Goodreads

Debbie Reynold's delightful "tell some" memoir. She begins the book with her 3rd (an last marriage) and focuses on her dr of building a museam to hold her vast collection of Hollywood costumes, props ... Read full review

Review: Unsinkable: A Memoir

User Review  - Russell Sanders - Goodreads

Ever since I saw Tammy and the Bachelor 57 years ago, I've been a Debbie Reynolds superfan. That makes me predisposed to like this memoir. But I think anyone would enjoy it, even those who are not ... Read full review

About the author (2013)

Debbie Reynolds, often referred to as "America's sweetheart," is an actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and author best known for her leading roles in the films Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and on television as Bobbi Adler in Will & Grace. After more than sixty years in the entertainment industry, she is truly a Hollywood icon. Today, she continues to thrive, performing her one-woman show around the world, making film and television appearances, and writing a syndicated weekly advice column. She lives in Beverly Hills, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dorian Hannaway was the director of late-night programming at CBS for more than fifteen years, supervising the production of The Late Show with David Letterman; The Kids in the Hall; and The Late, Late Show with three hosts: Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn, and Craig Ferguson. In 2010, she produced The Battle for Late Night, a two-hour documentary for A&E. She has known Debbie for more than thirty years, and has written and produced many projects with her.

Debbie Reynolds, often referred to as "America's sweetheart," is an actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and author best known for her leading roles in the films Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and on television as Bobbi Adler in Will & Grace. After more than sixty years in the entertainment industry, she is truly a Hollywood icon. Today, she continues to thrive, performing her one-woman show around the world, making film and television appearances, and writing a syndicated weekly advice column. She lives in Beverly Hills, California, and Las Vegas, Nevada.

Dorian Hannaway was the director of late-night programming at CBS for more than fifteen years, supervising the production of The Late Show with David Letterman; The Kids in the Hall; and The Late, Late Show with three hosts: Tom Snyder, Craig Kilborn, and Craig Ferguson. In 2010, she produced The Battle for Late Night, a two-hour documentary for A&E. She has known Debbie for more than thirty years, and has written and produced many projects with her.

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