Unsinkable: A Memoir

Unsinkable: A Memoir

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by Debbie Reynolds
     
 

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The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds that offers a unique and 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,

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The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds that offers a unique and 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, and invites us into the close circle of her family life. She looks back at her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age including her lifelong friendship with Elizabeth Taylor, recalls stories that never reached the tabloids about celebrities like Ava Gardner, Frank Sinatra, and Gene Kelly, and also takes us on a guided tour through each of her movies with behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Frank and forthright, Unsinkable is a revealing portrait of a woman whose determination is an inspiration.

Editorial Reviews

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:
11/05/2013
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
136,492
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 8.96(h) x 0.87(d)

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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.”

Meet the Author

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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Unsinkable 3.9 out of 5 based on 2 ratings. 72 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
DonWilke More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fun read down memory lane.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book easy reading Debbie had an interesting life but always kept her spirits up and has a good way dealing with her life.
Ann89 More than 1 year ago
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. :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fast and interesting reading. Genuine person.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was looking for something different to read and came across this. There is nothing juicy in here. It was ok but painting herself as a good girl repeatedly and constantly bringing up the Eddie Fisher story got boring and seems to me she made money off it in her acts that she used to bail her out of bad decisions.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written and interesting.
PierresFamily More than 1 year ago
"Unsinkable" is an enjoyable romp through Debbie Reynold's career and personal life. Written with a sense of humor, the book never derails into gossip or bitterness, even in the midst of a painful situation such as the romance between Reynolds' then-husband Eddie Fisher and Liz Taylor. Debbie is a gracious and abundantly talented performer, and I'm glad she is still actively sharing her talents.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have loved Debbie forever.....she never disappoints.
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Some interesting parts. I like Debbie Reynolds and I think she seemed very honest in her accounts of her life.
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A wonderfully written book filled with lots of love and memories.
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birdhunterbleu More than 1 year ago
Wonderfully written, good reading. Very hard to put down.
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