Shirley MacLaine

Interviewing Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood's pluckiest stars

Interviewing Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood's pluckiest stars

 Less than two years ago, I sang a duet with Debbie Reynolds. 

Then 82, Reynolds was about to receive  the Screen Actors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award but she was only doing minimal press; I joined her in the cozy home on daughter Carrie Fisher’s property where Reynolds lived for years. She was noticeably frail that cold, rainy afternoon; she had been ill during the past few months and she confided in her typical candid fashion that only one of her kidneys was working.

Still, Hollywood’s famous girl-next-door was as upbeat and indefatigable as ever, sipping a cup of tea on a sofa, her devoted Coton de Tulear dog...

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