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.
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The fact that it was read by the author herself.
I loved Hollywood Anecdotes, which I believe she did several years prior to this. Her delivery of the lines for several actors quotes was a hoot in that book.
I was surprised at how many times she made financial mistakes, but was glad to learn she always came out on top in the end. A most enjoyable journey into the inside thoughts of a movie star.
Debbie Reynolds needs to do more of these, as her reading brings the words to life.
I have enjoyed watching Debbie for many, many years. Her movies are a delight and so is she. I really enjoyed hearing about her personal life and all of the experiences she had working in the business.
If I had one issue with the audiobook, it would be the speed. It seemed a bit slow so I ramped it up a notch and it didn't impede my ability to hear everything clearly.
If you like Debbie too, you'll love this book!
We are so lucky to still have some of the greatest stars like Debbie with us to enjoy!
I saw her live about 5 years ago at a Q & A session that preceded the showing of one of her old movies. She had a wonderful, earthy sense of humor as she answered questions and seamlessly wove in hilarious anecdotes that invariably involved another famous person. And while I realize that hearing someone read their memoir is not the same experience as a live Q & A I was not prepared for how incredibly stilted this book would sound. Her inflection was by turns breathless and brassy as she constantly wanders off on namedropping tangents with no real payoff. If you drank a shot every time you heard "my dear, dear friend" (insert celebrity name here) you would be dead of alcohol poisoning before you were halfway through the book. While the woman is undeniably a survivor and one of the few remaining links to old Hollywood this book would have benefitted from sharper (or any, for that manner) editing.
Yes, it was well written and the narrator made it more interesting...she helped you feel like she was speaking directly to you
none, there is only one Debbie Reynolds
all were good
Loved it!!!! Debbie Reynolds' life has been full of high highs and some very low lows and she pulls no punches in describing these .... but always with humour. Her delicious Texan accent, not heard in many of her movies, is slight but it's there and it adds to the charm of this book. I totally loved this book and would recommend it to anyone who is interested in Hollywood and wonderful woman who truly is "unsinkable"!!
I adore Debbie Reynolds, even though I've only seen a few of her classic movies (now watching many more) and know her best from Will & Grace. Listening to her life of MANY ups and downs was inspiring, knowing that she's always maintained such a positive, happy stature. At 10+ hours, this was certainly worth the money, not for just time - but the pure enjoyment of listening to her hypnotic voice. I truly enjoyed every minute.
Yes, I loved it and anyone will love it I am sure.
Debbie, because she is Debbie.
When she had to hide from her husband who was going to kill her. Yet wished she has peed first.
The Unsinkable Debbie Reynolds. AKA A life well lived.
I am a big fan of Debbie and love her books. I think any fan will. She makes you laugh, cry and think. She is one of a kind and a gift to us all.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was great to hear the stories in Debbie's own voice. I have always been a fan of her talents now I am also a fan of her determination, loyalty and strength. She had lived quite a life.
Wow. This woman is amazing. Wish I could spend just 5 minutes with her in person. Such strength in such adversity. Great book.
I bought this to listen to on holiday, thinking it would pass the time and be mildly interesting; My Mum loves her!
I ended up chuckling along, not really knowing about a lot of the films Debbie mentions and having to go back home and find them to watch.
Really funny insights into her life at MGM, sad tales of her second and third marriage's and real heartfelt sadness from Debbie about having to sell her beloved movie memorabilia.
I really warmed to her, she laughs along at her own misfortunes at times, and you can tell she is genuine in her narration. A real character, and a real star of her generation.
Ended up being the highlight book of my holiday.
"Fascinating insights into a star's life"
She's seen it, she's done it and she's had it done to her. This lady is a definite surviver. Go Debbie!!!
just a great listen and is told very well funny and very touching. really enjoyable
"For those who love the golden age of hollywood"
I read ( listened to) the first autobiography and this continues Debbie's life story concentrating on her love of all things Hollywood. Hearing it told in her voice is more personal than reading it, I believe.
I enjoyed Debbie reading her own life story, as I did in the audio version of her first autobiography.
I have a great admiration for Debbie, and her desperate attempts to preserve the golden age of Hollywood through her memorabilia collection. Can't say it made me cry though.
This will only appeal to Debbie fans and movie nuts, I am both so I very much enjoyed it.
"Just not that interesting"
Lacking in anything that really grabbed me.she has a nice voice but I just didn't click with her
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