Reynolds was the second child of Raymond Francis Reynolds (* 1903, † 1986) and Maxine N. Harman (* 1913, † 1999) in El Paso, Texas, was born. 1939 her family moved to Burbank, California. In 1948 she won a beauty pageant and became Miss Burbank. This was for her entry into show business, because the movie studio Warner Brothers took them under contract and gave her first small roles in two films. In addition, the movie studio changed her name to Debbie.
Reynolds then moved to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, and received there in 1950, a role in the Fred Astaire movie "Three Little Words. It was really attentive to them but only by Two Weeks With Love, her second film for MGM. This was followed by a role in Mr. Empire.
In 1952 the big breakthrough for Debbie Reynolds came with her role in the musical Singin 'In The Rain. Reynolds won the role even though Gene Kelly, the star of the film was initially against it. She was regarded as too inexperienced and could not tap dance. Reynolds, trained hard and gave a good performance at the side of Kelly and Donald O'Connor, so that the film became one of the most successful musicals ever.
Reynolds starred in numerous movies and still working as an actress. This makes it one of the few performers from the so-called "Golden MGM musical era," which is still actively working in the film business.
Debbie Reynolds was married three times: Her first husband was the singer Eddie Fisher (1955-1959), her second husband was Harry Charles (1960-1973) and her third husband was Richard Hamlett (1984-1994).
She has two children: Actress Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher.
Reynolds was awarded in 1964 Academy Award nomination for her starring role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She received the 1970 Golden Globe for her TV show, The Debbie Reynolds Show, there was a Golden Globe in 1997 for the film Mother. She also won the 1997 nor the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for her role in the movie In & Out. In the same year, it awarded her a Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy, was further honored her with a star on the Walk of Fame.