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The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds

The Hollywood star of the 1950s didn't so much act as sell - she sold happiness, pragmatic romance, professional stardom

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Reynolds at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas: in her dressing room in March 1971 (above).

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Reynolds at the Desert Inn in Las Vegas: in her dressing room in March 1971, with daughter Fisher four months later (above).

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Reynolds with Eddie Fisher (left) and Desert Inn casino owner Wilbur Clark in 1954.

NOBODY like Debbie Reynolds is ever happening at the movies again. Who will be as plucky? Who will work as hard to stay as morally pure? Who the hell is gonna be named Debbie? These days, when we talk about "showbiz", we have to adjust for deflation, because it just doesn't mean as much as it

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