Make 'Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends

Make 'Em Laugh: Short-Term Memories of Longtime Friends

by Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway

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Overview

The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all—and done most of it.

From her acclaimed performances to her headline-making divorce from Eddie Fisher, raising a famous daughter to hitting the road with a successful one-woman show, Debbie Reynolds has been in the spotlight for decades. She’s met presidents, performed for the Queen of England, and partied with kings. A show business icon, she continues to sing and dance—and can drop more names than Andy Cohen.

In this fabulous personal tour, she recalls wonderful moments with the greats of the entertainment world—Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Phyllis Diller, and many, many more—sharing stories that shed new light on her life and career and the glittering world of Hollywood then and now. Debbie has plenty to tell—and in Make ’Em Laugh, she dishes it in the warm, down-to-earth voice her fans adore.

Debbie shares memories of late night pals and some of the greatest comedians of all time, stories from the big screen and small, and tales of marriage, motherhood, and children. Combining her wicked sense of humor and appealing charm, she reveals the personal side of show business and fame in funny, poignant, and delightful reminiscences. Nothing is off limits: Debbie talks about her sex life, her family drama—and even shares a few secret recipes.

As irresistible as the woman at its heart, this collection shows the consummate skill of a beloved entertainer who truly knows how to Make ’Em Laugh.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062416643
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 11/22/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 152,392
Product dimensions: 13.20(w) x 20.20(h) x 2.20(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Foreward Carrie Fisher xi

Preface xiii

1 A Great Honor 1

2 The Cinderella Story of the Texas Tomboy 15

3 Early Days 21

4 It's the pictures That Got Smaller 61

5 A Picture Is Worth a Thousand Woids 83

6 The Royal Treatment 109

7 Friends Without Benefits 125

8 You Got to Have Friends 135

9 Family Matters 221

10 Happy Mother's Day 2015 245

Acknowledgments 251

Index 255

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