Have You Heard About... Unsinkable

… Princess Leia’s mother? She’s an actress, singer, comedienne, dancer, author and “America’s Sweetheart.” If you guessed Debbie Reynolds, then you won’t want to miss reading Unsinkable: A Memoir.

This book picks up where her previous book, Debbie: My Life, ends. There is only a little bit of back story about what has happened to Debbie in the past book to get you up to speed in this one. It starts in 1984 with her third marriage. This part of the book is on the sad, and sometimes unbelievable, stupidity that occurred to Debbie while married to conniver Richard Hamlett. Over the years, Debbie lost millions of dollars in bad investments, court battles and bad decisions. This book also deals with the heartbreak of losing her beloved Hollywood memorabilia after a lifetime of collecting. She owned the original dress Marilyn Monroe wore while standing on the subway grate in The Seven Year Itch – it sold for millions of dollars and finally got her out of debt.

In part two, Debbie has just turned eighty years old. This part is a hilarious look at some of the behind-the-scenes shenanigans of her 50+ movies, her stage shows and her very famous friends. The director liked her so much in How the West Was Won that she wasn’t killed off, and he kept writing scenes for her until she aged to ninety years old by the end of the film. Who knew that she wasn’t the first choice to play the Unsinkable Molly Brown? Can you imagine Shirley MacLaine in the part? Debbie is truly “Unsinkable.”

 

Reviewed by Terry (staff)