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Publisher's Summary

The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times best-selling author of Unsinkable continues her intimate chat with fans in this entertaining collection of anecdotes, stories, jokes, and random musings from a woman who has seen it all - and done most of it.

From her acclaimed performances to her headline-making divorce from Eddie Fisher, from raising a famous daughter to hitting the road with a successful one-woman show, Debbie Reynolds has been in the spotlight for decades. She's met presidents, performed for the queen of England, and partied with kings. A show business icon, she continues to sing and dance - and can drop more names than Andy Cohen.

In this fabulous personal tour, she recalls wonderful moments with the greats of the entertainment world - Lucille Ball, Frank Sinatra, Bette Davis, Phyllis Diller, and many, many more - sharing stories that shed new light on her life and career and the glittering world of Hollywood then and now. Debbie has plenty to tell - and in Make 'Em Laugh, she dishes it in the warm, down-to-earth voice her fans adore.

Debbie shares memories of late-night pals and some of the greatest comedians of all time, stories from the big screen and small, and tales of marriage, motherhood, and children. Combining her wicked sense of humor and appealing charm, she reveals the personal side of show business and fame in funny, poignant, and delightful reminiscences. Nothing is off limits: Debbie talks about her sex life, her family drama - and even shares a few secret recipes.

As irresistible as the woman at its heart, this collection shows the consummate skill of a beloved entertainer who truly knows how to make 'em laugh.

©2015 Maxray Productions, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Love the book just wish it had been Debbie.

Would you consider the audio edition of Make 'Em Laugh to be better than the print version?

Yes. There is always something about hearing a book that makes it better. If they reader is good at what they are doing.

What did you like best about this story?

Hearing all the funny things she did in life and hearing about all the movie stars she knows/knew.

Which scene was your favorite?

What she said to the reporters about shooting her son Todd.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Very much so and I have listen to it twice now.

Any additional comments?

I love the book and I love Debbie. I just wish she could have read the book herself. Judith did a good job and you could hear Debbie in her in many ways.

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Excellent recapturing of History.

It was delightful to learn about Debbie Reynolds' life. It brought back fond memories of Hollywood for my elderly mother.

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Missing something

It's just not engaging stories ...what's the point Debbie? Listen to her brilliant memoirs instead.

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Great

Being a Debbie Reynolds fan,,,I enjoyed this book so very much. Well read i and thoroughly enjoyable

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oh tammy

Would you consider the audio edition of Make 'Em Laugh to be better than the print version?

no way to judge, I didn't like her book so probably audio version of this was better.

If you’ve listened to books by Debbie Reynolds and Dorian Hannaway before, how does this one compare?

NA

Which scene was your favorite?

Mae West, I don't think Ms Ivey's version of Debbie's imitation was as good as hers.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I think the only thing that seemed at all recent or topical was her receipt of the SAG award and I liked hearing about the commotion happening around her while she was violently ill.

Any additional comments?

I think Ms Ivey does her justice but her intonation comes off as a little sly and southern.

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  • Colin McIntosh
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Rip off

Felt really ripped off. Loved the 2 autobiographies as she is an amazing storyteller but this is not that interesting and as Debbje doesn't read it that doesn't help.
I felt I had heard most of it before sadly and stopped half way through which I rarely do.

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