And as it turns out Mr. Karl would likely rank as her second-best husband in the end. A large portion of Unsinkable covers the tale of her third marriage to real estate developer and all-around cad Richard Hamlett. And Ms.
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But the best parts of this book are the non sequiturs, the moments in which the Other Hand is in full sail out on the wide ocean of remembrance. This is Debbie Reynolds at her best, whether on talk shows, on film on in the pages of her books, when her eyes light up recounting tales of the studio system. Moments like this one from the second part of the book, in which she shares anecdotes about all the films she made and all the people she made them with.
Her first major film. And a film in which she was cast by the Louis B. In the scene. Reynolds is to attempt to throw the cake at Kelly, who ducks, leaving Hagen as the target. Before the cameras rolled, Donen told Ms. Reynolds that she would only have four chances to get the shot right by hitting Hagen square in the face.
In the telling of it, the point seems to be that Ms. But to me, the point remains that Debbie Reynolds somehow equated being Miss Burbank with having a deadeye and a catapult of an arm. I know. She reveals her Hollywood crush Robert Wagner , and she tells the tale of how she once taught Liberace how to fly out onto the stage of the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. The Hollywood she recalls seems a Technicolor place, where Walter Brennan and Thelma Ritter taught the new kid how to steal scenes and where Marjorie Main, with whom Ms.
Reynolds worked, along with Lana Turner, in Mr. Imperium in , showed the virtue of eccentricity:. She still carried his urn around with her, so she could speak with Stanley. When she went to the lunch counter, she would hoist up the urn, order an extra meal for Stanley, and chatter away as if he were part of the conversation. MGM also had a lot of younger people under contract.
Mickey Rooney was on the prowl, as usual flirting with everyone. It was like your life itself was a movie and you were part of one big creative family. As always, in the pages of Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds knows exactly how to steal the scene, wring tears, and most important, how to leave her audience feeling thoroughly entertained. He is the author of the novel Death in Venice, California.
Enter your keywords. Unsinkable: A Memoir. Author s :. Now that that collection is scattered to the winds, and Debbie herself has left us, we can only muse on what might have been, if any one of her dreams for these treasures had come to fruition. May 23, Naksed marked it as dnf Shelves: audio-book , memoirs , celebrities. This is exactly what a memoir should NOT be.
In Unsinkable , Debbie Reynolds settles scores with her scumbag third husband and goes into minutiae of her terrible business mishap, running her own Las Vegas hotel into the ground. The parts that I would have been interested in, she just glosses over. A short nod to her daughter's no holds barred memoir Postcards from the Edge , which skewered their dysfunctional relationship, she glibly comments that it's only a movie. Her behind the sce Ayeayeaye! Her behind the scenes account of her mini-comeback of the 90s working with Albert Brooks in Mother is short and superficial. She is just chomping at the bits to go back to talking about her divorce, and these Hollywood tidbits just get in the way.
I did not finish the book so I don't know if she concluded with an honest reflection and insight on what it means to be a product of Hollywood'studio system still trying to make it fifty years later but given the content I read so far, I highly doubt it. View all 3 comments.
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Apr 22, Lcitera rated it did not like it. Here we have a woman with incredibly high self esteem and seemingly no reasonable justification for such. Perhaps honesty???? Well, she does freely admit taking her teenage children to a party that offered up serving dishes of cocaine, turning a blind eye when her young daughter took to smoking pot, and tho supposedly fraught with worry that her adult daughter was suicidal putting on an ever so brave face to not miss a moment of her own wedding reception number three.
As to men And never does this woman hesitate to hit up old friends for large amounts of money in an attempt to build a Hollywood museum that most people would have realized was doomed to failure from the get go. Reading this book was the equivalent of watching a four car pileup on the side of the expressway Actually makes you want to root for Eddie and Liz Jun 01, Mediaman rated it liked it.
This book is merely an accountant-style overview of Debbie's terrible decisions in life, filled with too many numbers and excuses. While it starts out somewhat promising and is technically well written, Reynolds and her co-author don't understand what makes for a good memoir. We don't care about the hundredth story of her getting a million-dollar loan from a friend or about another lawsuit filed against her for her failing to pay her bills or even about how bad her third husband treated her when This book is merely an accountant-style overview of Debbie's terrible decisions in life, filled with too many numbers and excuses.
We don't care about the hundredth story of her getting a million-dollar loan from a friend or about another lawsuit filed against her for her failing to pay her bills or even about how bad her third husband treated her when she let him sleep with other women without being challenged. Because Reynolds never sees herself as the problem--she always manages to blame someone else.
She points fingers at her husband and business partners for her own inept decisions. Most frustrating is that she fails to recognize her own failures as a mother and instead blames her daughter Carrie's many mental issues on "bipolar disorder" that she claims was "discovered" later in life, instead of focusing on her daughter's 20 years of drug abuse that Debbie seemed to support. She even admits that her daughter got started on drugs at age 16, when Debbie appeared on Broadway and Carrie started smoking pot with the cast members.
Reynolds says, "This didn't seem to be something I needed to control. This could have been a fascinating volume that gave true behind-the-scenes insights into her life and work. She also unnecessarily slams George Bush, blaming his economy for the reason her Tennessee museum never was completed! Is the book worth reading? Well, there are probably some stories here that you aren't going to hear elsewhere.
Or at least her cleaned-up versions of the stories where she is the victim. And she does spend the last third of the book going film-by-film through her works. But you have to put up with her unrealistic vision of herself and her constant mention of how much she's in debt. In the end you learn that Hollywood stars that appear to be rich and happy aren't. And if they are like Debbie Reynolds they also don't seem to understand how the choices they made caused their unhappiness.
View 1 comment. I don't know how to rate this. It's well-written. It's infuriating. It's a huge cautionary tale. It's a hymn to the pitfalls of not knowing when to let go. One star for the story. Three stars for the writing. Five stars for Debbie Reynolds. Negative Five stars for the stupidity of Debbie Reynolds when it comes to her husband's fraud and deceit. And some rants: 1. When a man needs to borrow money for you for a business deal but won't let you sit in on the meetings, I don't care how I don't know how to rate this. When a man needs to borrow money for you for a business deal but won't let you sit in on the meetings, I don't care how blue his eyes are or how big his dick is.
Don't bemoan how broke you are and then say "but first we decided to take a trip to Hawaii. Put people ahead of possessions. It's kind of gross how many times she went into debt to friends and gangsters to protect her collection of costumes and other memorabilia. Apr 08, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: memoir. I also read her first book "Debbie" that book ended in the mid s. Debbie Reynolds herself refers to her memoir as a "tell-some". It turned out that husband number three was the worst of the three husbands, spending her money lying to her. I liked the part where she talked about all the movies she did and the experiences she had with each one of them.
I thought it was a shame that she had to auction off all the hollywood artifacts she has spent decades collected such as Dorothy's dress in Wizard of Oz. Marilyn Monroe's white"subway" dress she was famous for wearing. I found this a good read. I was glad to see that she picked up from where she left off in her memoir. View 2 comments. Apr 02, Jack rated it it was amazing.
I devoured this book as I would a box of Godiva truffles - as you turn each page you are presented with a delightful anecdote that is more delectable that the last. Debbie's love story at the heart of this book, is her determination to create a Hollywood Museum. After 40 years of struggle to get this accomplished - she gave up last year and sold her massive collection. Her story was heartbreaking to a movie lover like me. I was lucky to see a small portion of that collection last year in LA befo I devoured this book as I would a box of Godiva truffles - as you turn each page you are presented with a delightful anecdote that is more delectable that the last.
I was lucky to see a small portion of that collection last year in LA before her final auction. Debbie also punctuates the book with stories from each of her 50 movies. She seems to be a Hollywood "Forest Gump" - as a witness to so many pieces of Hollywood history.
She was there the night Monty Cliff had his career altering car crash, Pier was sleeping on her couch days before overdosing and dying Smartly written and funny as only Debbie and maybe Carrie can be! Loved it! I grew up watching Debbie Reynolds and always loved her. She is such a talented person and a strong role model for us all. I love her candid memoir Unsinkable. It is well written and is one of the first biographies that doesn't violate my biggest pet peeve: she tells her story in chronological order so you don't get lost and wonder which thing came first and was it the same time as that!
If she does reference, she gives you a reminder or a page number where you can find it. Also, her photographs I grew up watching Debbie Reynolds and always loved her. Also, her photographs are distributed throughout the book in the place she is discussing it. She also includes a photograph section in the center with special pictures. I really like this format. Her heart-wrenching story makes us admire her enduring spirit and will to go on.
She is truly an inspiration to us all. Feb 14, Carol rated it it was amazing. I enjoy reading show business biographies and I particularly like the way this one was laid out. The first part of the book was a basically linear narrative about her the person and what was going on in her life as she made movies, toured, and appeared on Broadway. The end of the book followed her movies in release date order, with directors and co-stars mentioned as well as any additional anecdotes that didn't fit into the narrative of the rest of her story.
It made the book less disjointed tha I enjoy reading show business biographies and I particularly like the way this one was laid out. It made the book less disjointed than many show biz biographies, yet still very complete. Reading her memoir so soon after her death and the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, made it especially poignant. Apr 13, Julie rated it it was ok. While it appears to be a honest memoir, Debbie Reynolds' first autobiography is so much stronger and interesting. This one has the first half of the book bashing her 3rd ex-husband who managed to steal amazing amounts of money from her and eventually ended up forcing her into bankruptcy.
While it appears that he deserved the bashing, Miss Reynolds also holds responsibility for not sufficiently protecting herself, especially in light of her experiences with her second husband. I found it interest While it appears to be a honest memoir, Debbie Reynolds' first autobiography is so much stronger and interesting. I found it interesting that she barely touched upon the loan that her son took out that eventually defaulted and forced her to sell her movie memorabilia collection.
There was one sentence about that, yet she lays no blame on her son but plenty of everyone else. The second half of the book is a run-through of all of the full-length films in which she was cast even if she did not eventually end up filming them along with some anecdotes about each movie. I have a personal dislike for this type of memoir, as there is nothing in-depth or especially illuminating.
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I'd give a higher rating to Miss Reynolds' first book. Feb 18, Susan Haggerty rated it it was amazing. I love Debbie Reynolds! She was a passenger on one of my flights to Las Vegas many years ago. Her hotel, now owned by another, was our layover hotel. She talked about how much she loved owning that hotel and how much she missed it. Little did I know then just how much heartache was involved. She signed autographs for our entire crew, each one with a special message. I loved reading about old Hollywood, especially the way she tells it.
You may not agree with all the decisions she made along the w I love Debbie Reynolds! You may not agree with all the decisions she made along the way, but I think she is pretty courageous for sharing them and leaving herself open for criticism. I myself, have made choices I would go back and change if I could. Who hasn't? I enjoyed reading her recollections and think she is a sweet lady with a good heart! Nov 06, Kerstin rated it really liked it. A Joy to read. Many celebrities that go through tough Times in their lives and write autobiographies feel sorry for themselves.
In the end of the book she lists her films and How it was doing them and working relationships with cast mates, Many people are upset that Eddie Fisher left Debbie and the children when he fell in love with Elizabeth Taylor.
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I am more angry that when Debbie Reynolds divorced he did not got in touch with his c A Joy to read. I am more angry that when Debbie Reynolds divorced he did not got in touch with his children. Divorced from your wife is one thing but you do not divorce from your flest and Blood. So when she met her second husband and he was Nice to her children I understand Why she fell for him. She also writes about her later roles in Mother and being a guest star in Will and Grace.
Apr 17, Kevin rated it really liked it.
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I called my new husband "brave, loyal, and loving. When I read the optimistic ending of my last memoir now, I can't believe how naive I was when I wrote it. Along the way, her marriage to husband 3 crumbles when she discovers he's been stealing her money and has a long-time mistress. The last 80 or so pages are spent looking back on each of her films with her giving a critical take and behind-the-scenes look at each.
The set was a divided one--with director Stanley Donan and Fosse on one side and Reynolds with choreographers Gower and Marge Champion on the other. It was obvious he wasn't wearing a dance belt Carrie Fisher writes a loving introduction. AFter you read this book, you'll be filling your Netflix queue with Debbie Reynolds films. May 28, Chasia Lloyd rated it really liked it.
Reading the details of her biggest dream of owning a Hollywood memorabilia museum was so gut-wrenching. To see her work so hard and then it all failed It's sad, but also a little inspirational. To see someone still be alive after giving up on a dream. Jun 09, Alexandra rated it it was amazing.
Jan 13, Christina McLain rated it really liked it. I have to give this book four stars because of the great tidbits in it about life in Hollywood's Golden Age as well as juicy gossip about the rich and famous of 's Tinseltown. Debbie, who appears to be a Midwestern salt of the earth gal, was discovered in a talent contest at 16 in Burbank where her family had relocated, and groomed by Warner Brothers and MGM to be a dancer and musical star.
She actually shared a studio classroom with her equally underage nemesis in training Elizabeth Taylor, I have to give this book four stars because of the great tidbits in it about life in Hollywood's Golden Age as well as juicy gossip about the rich and famous of 's Tinseltown. She actually shared a studio classroom with her equally underage nemesis in training Elizabeth Taylor, who even as a school kid rebelliously hid out in the bathroom instead of taking tuition MGM even had its own orchestra.
Debbie herself worked tirelessly for years trying to establish a museum for movie memorabilia only to see it auctioned off in in order to keep her creditors at bay. The less said the better about the 3 lousy husbands who cheated on her -one,Eddie Fisher, famously with the audacious ELizabeth--and bankrupted her.
It has a poignant ending because Debbie claims to live happily ever after all this Sturm und Drang,but of course, we know died 24 hours after her troubled daughter Carrie Fisher did in Let's hope she is leading a chorus line in the sky in a musical written by Carrie. She deserved it. They deserved it. Mar 23, Juanita rated it really liked it. Unsinkable was a fabulous remarkable book. The book is principally the story of how her three marriages went wrong and how all three men took advantage of her especially Richard Helmett the third husband.
Eddie Fisher the father to her two children was the first to go when he left her for their good friend Elizabeth Taylor. A big part of the story is about husband number three and how cruel and abusive he was and left her penniless and still sued her after the divorce for nine million dollars, which got settled in court for Debbie to pay him 5. Debbie did use humor throughout the book but I feel it was covered over with what she went through.
While married to Richard he did sign a nuptial agreement but found loop holes to spend her money he ran all her businesses and she trusted every decision he made to help her build and invest everything she had in a hotel to house her multi-million dollar Hollywood memorabilia collection in a museum setting while also having her theater and other facilities in that one complex. As time went on the Grand Opening kept being pushed back because of one thing or another until her money was running out.
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After it opened she was broke and the upkeep was leaving her to overwork on so many shows and gigs trying to bring in money to keep it afloat. She begged, and borrowed from family and friends until one day her son Todd was helping her and found out there was more to her being broke than what she thought. Her husband had a mistress a couple of blocks away at a luxury hotel and a lot of her money was spent on his life style and gambling. It really was a shock to her but she still managed to keep her chin up and maintain her acting, singing and comic routines.
Once again another husband shafted her and cruelly told her he never loved her. She finally had to file bankruptcy to pay off the debts he signed in her name and other debts of his to set things right. Even after all that turmoil she still felt love towards him but knew it was over…. One thing he still remembered after the divorce was that Debbie still had her collection worth millions.