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Debbie Reynolds Fast Facts

updated 3:10 PM EDT, Wed March 12, 2014

(CNN) -- Here is a look at the life of actress Debbie Reynolds, who has been nominated for an Academy Award, an Emmy Award, and a Tony Award.

Personal:
Birth date: April 1, 1932

Birth place: El Paso, Texas

Birth name: Mary Frances "Frannie" Reynolds

Father: Raymond Francis Reynolds, a railroad carpenter

Mother: Maxene Reynolds

Marriages: Eddie Fisher (September 26, 1955-May 1959, divorced); Harry Karl (November 25, 1960-1973, divorced); Richard Hamlett (May 25, 1984-May 1996, divorced)

Children: with Eddie Fisher: Todd, February 24, 1958; Carrie, October 21, 1956

Other Facts:
Warner Bros. talent executive William Orr is responsible for changing her first name from Frannie to Debbie.

Has been known to say, "Yes, I'm Princess Leia's mother" when referring to her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher, who played the character in the Star Wars movie universe.

Since the 1950s, she has been involved with the Thalians, a group of entertainment professionals who support mental healthcare issues. She serves as president emeritus.

She is a proud former Girl Scout and has always supported scouting.

Timeline:
1948 - At the age of 16, she is crowned Miss Burbank, California. Talent scouts are in the audience and this exposure leads to her signing a film contract with Warner Bros. Her first movie role is uncredited, in "June Bride."

1950 - Is let go from Warner Bros. and placed under long-term contract by MGM.

1952 - Stars in "Singin in the Rain" as a singer and a dancer. When the movie started production, Reynolds didn't know how to dance; she was taught by choreographer and lead Gene Kelly.

1957 - Reynolds and husband Eddie Fisher are bridesmaid and best man at the wedding of their good friends, Elizabeth Taylor and Mike Todd. After Todd's death in 1958, Fisher and Taylor begin an affair which leads the breakup of his marriage to Reynolds and a subsequent marriage to Taylor in 1959.

1965 - Is nominated for a Academy Award for Best Actress for the 1964 film "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

1969-1970 - "The Debbie Reynolds Show" airs on NBC.

1970 - Buys much of MGM's memorabilia at auction and in 1972, forms the Hollywood Motion Picture and Television Museum, a non-profit corporation that collects props and costumes as other studios sold them off.

1974 - Is nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical for the play, "Irene."

1993 - Opens the Debbie Reynolds Hotel & Casino with her real estate developer husband Richard Hamlett, to showcasesome of her memorabilia.

1995 - Opens the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum in Las Vegas.

July 7, 1997 - Files for chapter 11 bankruptcy after a deal to sell the hotel falls through.

2000 - Is nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress In a Comedy Series for "Will & Grace."

June 12, 2009 - Her motion picture and television museum files for bankruptcy after funding collapses.

June 18, 2011 - The first of three planned auctions for the museum's movie memorabilia collection is held.

December 2, 2011 - "Debbie Reynolds The Auction Part II" is held.

January 22, 2012 - Reynolds tells the Los Angeles Times she doesn't want to have any more auctions.

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