Debbie Reynolds most recently starred as Frances Liberace in Steven Soderbergh’s Behind the Candelabra, but she’ll most likely always be remembered as Kathy Selden from 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain and come January 25, 2015 she’ll be recognized as the 51st recipient of the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards as was announced this morning.
The recognition comes as a result of her work as an actor, singer, dancer, author, champion for the preservation of the artifacts of film history and for the understanding and treatment of mental illness.
SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard was quoted in a press release just sent out, praising Reynolds’ artistry saying, “I’m thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records. Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements.”
Reynolds work, along with Singin’ in the Rain, includes her Oscar-nominated role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964), How the West Was Won (1963) and The Catered Affair (1956).
Recent recipients include Rita Moreno last year, preceded by Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ernest Borgnine and Betty White.
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