Barely a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, we have now lost Debbie Reynolds at the age of 84, after suffering a stroke.
She starred in movies such as her Oscar Nominated role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), and How the West was Won (1962). Still, despite all this and more, she is forever remembered as Kath Selden in Singin’ in the Rain (1952), considered by many (myself included) to be the greatest movie musical ever made.
When I finally discovered Singin’ in the Rain as a young teen movie goer, I admit not to noticing her talent (I was more intrigued by Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor). Still, her singing and dancing at only the age of 19 were quite remarkable. It also did not help that she was ridiculed by the superior Gene Kelly (something he admitted to later) for not knowing all of her dance moves (lucky for her, Fred Astaire chimed in to help her out).
Anytime I watch Singin’ in the Rain (one of my favorite movies ever), I marvel at how much training and time and dedication went into the dance numbers. Reynolds was not even much of a dancer before she made the movie, yet was known to have popped blood vessels after the “Good Morning” number.
In short, she was a warrior.