Unsinkable: A Memoir (Unabridged)
by Debbie Reynolds & Dorian Hannaway
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The definitive memoir by legendary actress and performer Debbie Reynolds - an entertaining and moving story of enduring friendships and unbreakable family bonds, of hitting bottom and rising to the top again - that offers a unique and deeply personal perspective on Hollywood and its elite, from the glory days of MGM to the present. In the closing pages of her 1988 autobiography Debbie: My Life, Debbie Reynolds wrote about finding her "brave, loyal, and loving" new husband. After two broken marriages, this third, she believed, was her lucky charm. But within a few years, Debbie discovered that he had betrayed her emotionally and financially, nearly destroying her life. Today, she writes, "When I read the optimistic ending of my last memoir now, I can't believe how naive I was when I wrote it. In Unsinkable, I look back at the many years since then, and share my memories of a film career that took me from the Miss Burbank Contest of 1948 to the work I did in 2012.... To paraphrase Bette Davis: Fasten your seatbelts, I've had a bumpy ride." Unsinkable shines a spotlight on the resilient woman whose talent and passion for her work have endured for more than six decades. In her engaging, down-to-earth voice, Debbie shares private details about her man and money troubles, including building and losing her Las Vegas dream hotel and her treasured Hollywood memorabilia collection. Yet no matter how difficult the problems, the show always goes on. Debbie also invites us into the close circle of her family, speaking with deep affection and honesty about her relationships with her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher. She looks back at her life as an actress during Hollywood's Golden Age - "the most magical time you could imagine" - including her lifelong friendship with (and years-long estrangement from) the legendary Elizabeth Taylor. Here, too, are stories that never reached the tabloids about numerous celebrities, such as Ava Gardner, Clark Gable, Frank Sinatra, Mick Jagger, Gene Kelly, and many more. She takes us on a guided tour through her movies with delightful, often hilarious behind-the-scenes anecdotes about every film in which she was involved, from 1948 to the present. Frank and forthright, and featuring dozens of previously unseen photos from Debbie's personal collection, Unsinkable is a poignant reminder that there is light in the darkest times. It is a revealing portrait of a woman whose determination is an inspiration.
I purchased the audio version because it's easier for me to work and listen to Debbie. If you are considering purchasing this item to learn about Debbie and her films you will be disappointed. Debbie is UNSINKABLE and the book catalogs her endless legal battles to unload her 3rd husband (1984-1996) and salvage her Hollywood memorabillia collection and Las Vegas hotel. You will respect Debbie and appreciate her stamina particularly if you've been through a divorce but this book is only for those who are curious about her recent years and undeserved legal woes.
A MUST READ
Just as I was as fond of her first memoir, this continuance is outstanding. This is an enormously talented woman who has a great story to tell. She's funny, frank and honest...and there are lessons to learn! The greatest being to stay positive and keep your sense of humor. Even big stars make mistakes and have heartbreaks...they are human, too! Ms. Reynolds is as human and real as they come...as wonderfully human as they come. I devour actor bios...you name it, I've read it...and this is one of the very best! Love ya, Debbie!
Debbie in Debt is Depressing
This book is bass ackwards. Although the previews make you think the book is all cute stories about Hollywood. But the entire first part (28+ chapters, 10 hours) is Debbie talking about her trials and tribulations with 3 four-flushing finks she married and the great debt they brought. She is also tough to listen to because her already squeaky voice is over 80 years old. And she sounds as if she had a stroke. This is more noticeable in part 1. And she reads with an affective sing-song style. Part 2, as she tells you, is 20 minutes. That's 20 minutes out of over 10 hours of what you thought you paid nearly $25 for.
Bottom line, spend the $7 for the Kindle version or $14 for the print. That way you get the photos and can skip through the Debbie Does Depression chapters.