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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.

©2013 Maxray Productions, Inc. (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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Fabulous memoir!

Debbie Reynolds has the strength of Steele. I am very impressed by her endurance, legacy and class. I loved her audio book and listening to her story strengthened me in the hardships I am enduring. Her story has given me insight, encouragement and hope that through it all, facing up to the toughest challenges, that it will not take me out, but make me stronger. My faith has increased and I am given a new rejuvenation to not give up. A very inspiring story for me. Debbie will be remembered for her beauty and class and dignity the way to the end. Thank you for your moves, your shows and gifts. Moreover for sharing your story to the world. I am ever so grateful. You are admired.

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Debbie, I love you.

As a little girl I remember watching Debbie Reynolds in Singing in the Rain. And since her passing I have been so sad so once I found out she had narrated her own book I knew I had to listen. Once it started I couldn’t stop. Listening to her beautiful voice and her wonderful Storytelling was something I really needed. I highly recommend for any lovers of Old Hollywood and the industry.

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  • ERJ
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  • 11-30-17

Debbie Reynolds' book well worth experiencing

This is a wonderfully detailed, interesting trip down memory lane. Lots of inside information told in an honest way. There is no poison angery gossip, just her opened opinions. Recommend listening to this book and the one she did before this one. It's sad to note she died only 4 years after this reading. She seemed like an incredible Lady.

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Highly recommend this audio book

What a life ! Ms Reynolds is entertaining with her memories . Enjoyed every moment!

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What a life.

I listened to this after watching the HBO documentary. She had quite the life and I am so happy I was able to hear it from her own lips. What a consummate professional she was.

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absolutely well told

I thoroughly enjoyed Debbie ' s stories of her many husbands and her tenacity in keeping her dreams of a museum. Now that she has passed, I hope someone will carry on and one day have a museum the way she had always wanted.

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What a life!!!

I'm so glad that I bought this book. Debbie had an amazing life. She certainly was unsinkable.

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What a sweet lady.

We need more examples like Debbie! Loving mother and caring soul. We will miss her.

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Just delightful!

A fascinating look into Denbie Reynolds' remarkable life!
I enjoyed her stories very much indeed!

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Such an inspiring story

Debbie Reynolds was such a hard worker. It's truly inspiring to hear her life story and all her experiences. The story is very engaging and her performance is truly remarkable especially considering she was 80 years old. What a work horse! Her tireless effort to preserve Hollywood's history is so remarkable! Her constant touring till the end of her life is just WOW!