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Flashback: Debbie Reynolds Recalls Poor Upbringing and How Gene Kelly Helped Her Career in Early Et Interviews

Flashback: Debbie Reynolds Recalls Poor Upbringing and How Gene Kelly Helped Her Career in Early Et Interviews

In 1981, Et was just starting out but Debbie Reynolds was already a legend.

"I would never not work," Reynolds said in her first interview with Et. "This is my 34th year in the business and all those years you do learn something."

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While her first big break came in 1952's Singin' in the Rain, prior to that, Reynolds was accustomed to a meager lifestyle.

"We were a poor family," recalled Reynolds, who was born in El Paso, Texas. "My dreams kind of came through when I went to see the cinema."

At the age of 16, Reynolds was put under contract at Warner Bros. after winning a beauty contest in Burbank, California, where her family had relocated. Her fortunes changed for good after starring opposite Gene Kelly in the classic musical.

"What Gene taught me was tremendous discipline and never give up and you're never good enough," Reynolds

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