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Known as the First Lady of Hollywood, the ‘unsinkable’ Debbie Reynolds will perform in two very special concert evenings in New Zealand in August.

Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April Fools’ Day 1932, the former Miss Burbank has become one of Hollywood’s most celebrated and enduring actresses. She has appeared in more than 50 movies, two Broadway shows, and dozens of television series including her most recent stint with Will and Grace in which she played the recurring role of Grace’s mother.

Her career-defining role in Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor - a film considered to be one of the best motion picture musicals of all time - shot her from starlet to star. Although Gene Kelly, a tough disciplinarian, caused her to remark recently, “Singin’ in the Rain and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life!”

But mention the name Debbie Reynolds and most people think of Tammy, from the eponymous film series, which has become her personal theme song. It attained the position of Number One on the American Billboard charts for weeks and went on to gross millions - an impressive record considering it was the era of rock & roll and Elvis!

She has been nominated for numerous awards, including an Academy Award (for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, 1965), a Golden Globe in both television and motion picture categories, and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. She was also nominated for a Tony Award for Woman of the Year. In 1997 she received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Comedy from the American Comedy Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her latest nomination is for the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award which will be presented at the 2007 Oscars.

The mother of two including Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia in Star Wars) and a grandmother, Debbie is a hit among children, too. She was the voice of Charlotte in the beloved story of Charlotte’s Web. She also worked on the Rugrats television and film series and, more recently, Halloweentown.

After a tumultuous life both on and off the stage, Debbie has no plans to slow down, let alone retire. She tours an average forty-two weeks a year with her show which blends laughter, song and dance receiving rave reviews and accolades for her unrivalled zest for life. For this New Zealand tour Debbie will be joined by her Musical Director, Joey Singer, and his showband.