Unsinkable: A Memoir

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The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds that offers a deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present

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. She invites us into the close circle of her family, speaking with...

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Overview

The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds that offers a deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present

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. She 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, including her lifelong friendship with (and years-long estrangement from) the legendary Elizabeth Taylor.

Here, too, are stories about numerous celebrities, such as Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Gene Kelly, and many more. Debbie also takes us on a guided tour through her movies with delightful, often hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Frank and forthright, and featuring dozens of previously unseen photos from Debbie's personal collection, Unsinkable is a revealing portrait of a woman whose determination is an inspiration.

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In hardcover, Debbie Reynolds' memoir made waves with its jarringly honest description of her disastrous third marriage. Beginning with an account of the nuptials, she goes on to scourge her ex-spouse as a chiseling business partner and a chronic adulterer. With Unsinkable, the veteran actress has not only updated her 1988 Hollywood memoir; by revisiting her early life here, she has enhanced its accounts with the safety and assurance of age. Reynolds' recollections of a movie career that now spans 65 years have always been important to her; indeed her descriptions of her battles to save her incomparable memorabilia collection form an important part of this book. An entertaining read from a peppy, petite star; now in trade paperback and NOOK Book.

Leonard Maltin
“Anyone who loves Hollywood and movies is bound to enjoy this lively, funny book, filled with candid recollections. Debbie was a movie-struck kid who experienced the last days of Hollywood’s Golden Age, and I love her clear-eyed memories.”
NPR on UNSINKABLE
“[Reynolds is] indisputably a grand dame of show business.”
People on UNSINKABLE
“Lively.”
New York Journal of Books on UNSINKABLE
“Debbie Reynolds knows exactly how to steal the scene, wring tears, and most important, how to leave the audience feeling thoroughly entertained.”
New York Post on UNSINKABLE
“Nothing could sink this lady.”
Library Journal
After her 1988 autobiography, the actress takes a darker view of things.
Kirkus Reviews
The multitalented Reynolds nostalgically expands on a fruitful career and a chaotic adulthood. The introduction, written by daughter Carrie Fisher, is appreciative and nods toward her mother's impeccable memory and fitting arrival at "a point in her life where she can see farther and better than ever before." The memoir, co-authored by former CBS late-night programming director Hannaway, greatly reflects this sentiment. Reynolds writes with regretless candor, fondly reflecting on a grand life in the Hollywood spotlight yet also recognizing the tarnish of imprudent romantic and financial decisions. Reynolds highlights many of her failures, the result of either sheer naïveté or gullibility, yet she remains continually nonplussed at the deceptiveness of people (particularly when hoodwinked by her second husband, con man Harry Karl). A promising business endeavor to purchase an aging Las Vegas hotel to house her opulent Hollywood costume collection ended up drilling Reynolds ever further down into debt left over from the Karl fiasco. Reynolds bravely admits to poring over dozens of boxes of litigation paperwork just to write comprehensively about that heartbreaking period when she was eventually forced to auction off the hotel and many of her prized memorabilia and costumes, including the unprecedented $5.5-plus million sale of Marilyn Monroe's original subway dress. The memoir's second section brings much needed levity to Reynolds' escapades and details her current life as a prideful octogenarian brimming with vigor. Perhaps the most compelling portions of the book are the pages of candid, insider commentary from each of the famed actress' films. Aptly titled, this bittersweet scrapbook demonstrates the kind of steely fortitude necessary to remain afloat through a lifetime of stormy weather.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062213662
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 147,885
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Meet the Author

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds is an actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and author best known for her leading roles in Singin' in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown, and on TV as Bobbi Adler in Will & Grace. After more than sixty years in the entertainment industry, she is truly a Hollywood icon. Today, she performs her one-woman show around the world, making films and television appearances, and writing a weekly syndicated advice column.

Dorian Hannaway was the director of late-night programming at CBS-TV 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. She has known Debbie for more than thirty years, and has written and produced many projects with her.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2013

    Wonderful book!

    Debbie Reynolds is a true movie star with class to spare. She hardly led a charmed life because of her poor choice in men who used her and stole her money. But she worked hard and was a good mother to her children. Her long and successful career was not handed to her. I thought this was a wonderful book about a legendary Hollywood star who loves and appreciates her fans.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2013

    Great Read!

    The first lady of stage and song has once again dazzled herfans with an insightful and indepth account of the last 30 years of her unbelievable life and career. Highly recommended memoir!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

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    Debbie Reynolds has had a full life. This book tells of both the

    Debbie Reynolds has had a full life. This book tells of both the good times and the down times. It is a quality story and well worth reading.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2013

    I don't think I have ever seen a Debbie Reynolds movie, but I re

    I don't think I have ever seen a Debbie Reynolds movie, but I really loved this book. I think that as "mere mortals" we sometimes tend to think that celebrities have it all, Debbie Reynolds did have it all, or so she thought, but her marriage was just an illusion. She is a resiliant lady!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2013

    Debbie's Book

    Fast and interesting reading. Genuine person.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2013

    Destroys any illusions i may have had

    No Hollywood glamour here. Just a rich woman whining about her poor choices and bad judgment. I feel like one of her many creditors: duped into buying this book.

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    Not the best I have read. Would not recommend it.

    I found this book rather boring in parts especially the part dealing with Debbie's fight to keep her "collection" together and find a place to house it. Other parts in the book about her movie career I found interesting and learned a few facts about her early life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2013

    fun

    Fun read down memory lane.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 17, 2013

    Good read.

    Good read and interesting tidbits.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Interesting

    Read her first autobiography years ago, and kept looking for an update. Enjoyed her first one more, but was glad to read about the rest of her life. Interesting to read about her strength and being a dedicated mother, and yet be such a fool for the men in her life. Didn't seem to learn lessons from first two husbands to apply to number 3, the worst. Enjoyed reading it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2014

    Highly recommended!

    Wonderfully written, good reading. Very hard to put down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2014

    The self important account of a delusional celeb

    Guess what? We do not care that yiu were in nyc on 9/11! Im sure it was terrible for you to stay at Liz Taylors suite until yiur private jet could whisk you back to LA. How delusional are you? Disgusting!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 14, 2013

    Highly Recommend

    Great book easy reading Debbie had an interesting life but always kept her spirits up and has a good way dealing with her life.

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  • Posted June 11, 2013

    Very informative book. Debbie tells it all and what a life! Eddi

    Very informative book. Debbie tells it all and what a life! Eddie Fisher would have been very lucky if he had stayed with her and raised their children together. The only thingI didn't like at all was Debbie letting her 16 yr. old son go with an older woman in France. Debbie where were your morals!? Other than that she is a hard worker who never gives up. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Could not get this to download.

    Rated one star because all that would load was the overview and I contacted Barnes & Noble and received a refund. Hope it's good in print form.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2013

    I highly recommend.

    This was an enjoyable book. I have always loved Ms. Reynolds and was happy to get a look into her life.

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  • Posted May 3, 2013

    Full of good memories.

    This was fun and heartwarming at the same time. This lovely lady has gone through so much and always comes out on top. She is a true example of what a lady should be like, unlike the young actresses of today.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2013

    A very good read

    Found the book well written and very enjoyable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2013

    Very bad book

    I mean, how many books are about stars or HOLLYWOOD stars.

    0 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

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