Debbie Reynolds needs no introduction. But just in case you’ve been living under a rock the last 50 years she is an American singer, actress and dancer who is famous for her performances in films such as Singin’ in the Rain, Tammy and the Bachelor, How the West Was Won, and The Unsinkable Molly Brown ( just to name a few), as well as her marriage to singer Eddie Fisher. The marriage ended in a terrible media scandal, when it was revealed that he was having an affair with her then best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor. But through this and many other ups and downs, Debbie kept her head high and put on a brave, smiling face, becoming America’s most adored sweetheart with her boisterous personality, wit, charm and grace. Debbie Reynolds is one of the women I look up to most in my life. And she is also my Grandma. (I know, lucky me! )
Over the years grams has bought and preserved an expansive array of the most iconic costumes, props and memorabilia from American film history, forming the legendary Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Collection. On May 17th & 18th the last of this collection is being offered for sale at her third and final auction: Debbie Reynolds – The Auction Finale! This is a once in a lifetime chance to purchase priceless pieces of American film history. This massive two-day sale features over 900 lots from Debbie Reynolds’ legendary Hollywood collection covering the dawn of film on through Hollywood’s golden age and beyond. The preview party for the auction is tomorrow so I stopped by Debbie Reynolds Studio in North Hollywood today to see if my family needed any least minute help and was blown away by the multitude of iconic pieces being offered at this final auction…
Gracing the catalogue pages (download>> here) you will find treasures from virtually every discipline in movie making, including hundreds of costumes worn by such stars as Grace Kelly, Ingrid Bergman, Mae West, Barbara Stanwyck, Fred Astaire and Orson Welles. Among the highlights: a host of Walter Plunkett-designed hats for Vivien Leigh as “Scarlett O’Hara” in Gone With the Wind, acquired by Debbie directly from the family of legendary producer David O. Selznick. In addition, a gorgeous Mae West black & ivory gown designed by Travis Banton from Belle of the Nineties and a period dress designed by Adrian for Ingrid Bergman in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are being offered. A Charlie Chaplin bowler hat, Harpo Marx’s signature top hat and wig and the fur coat worn by Orson Welles in Citizen Kane are also among the highlights…
WHAT: Debbie Reynolds – The Auction Finale!
WHERE: Debbie Reynolds Studio, 6514 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, 91606
WHEN: Sun May 18th & Mon May 19th – PREVIEW PARTY May 14th
REGISTRATION: Register for the auction: http://bit.ly/1mDZiXl
VISIT the Auction Finale Facebook page >> here.
FOLLOW & SHARE on twitter @DebbieReynolds1 #DRAuction
WATCH the trailer featuring some of the amazing costumes & props for sale. Debbie dedicated her life to preserving our American film heritage. Now we invite you to become part of the story…