Debbie Reynolds talks death in final Inside Edition interview: 'I'm going to act silly until I kick it'


Debbie Reynolds once talked about the prospect of her own death in a poignant 2013 interview.

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She had just published her best-selling memoir, Unsinkable, and discussed her final wish, telling Inside Edition's Les Trent, "I am going to sing and dance and act silly until I just kick it."

Debbie Reynolds burst into the national scene at age 18 and went on to a legendary career that spanned seven decades on stage, TV screens and in films like How The West Was Won and Singin' in the Rain.

She received an Oscar nomination for her role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

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THIS HAPPY FEELING 1958 UI film with Debbie Reynolds and Curd Jurgens
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HOW SWEET IT IS - 1968 Warner film with Debbie Reynolds
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LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08: Debbie Reynolds visits 'Extra' at The Grove on April 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Extra)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - APRIL 14: Actress Debbie Reynolds speaks onstage during Kim Novak being immortalized with a hand and footprint ceremony as part of Day 2 of the 2012 TCM Classic Film Festival at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/WireImage) 22307_010_JM_1047.jpg
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Actress Debbie Reynolds attends the Professional Dancers Society's Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Actors Carl Reiner (L) and Debbie Reynolds attend the Professional Dancers Society's Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 24: Actress Debbie Reynolds attends the Professional Dancers Society's Gypsy Awards Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 24, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 06: Actress Debbie Reynolds is seen on May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JMA/Star Max/GC Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 6: Debbie Reynolds and Mario Lopez are seen on May 6, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/GC Images)
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"It's amazing to me that I'm in show business," she told Inside Edition three years ago. "No one in my family is from show business, so for me to have been lucky enough to land in the golden era of this really wonderful business. It's an out of body experience."

Her marriage to pop singer Eddie Fisher ended in one of the great scandals in Hollywood history.

He abandoned her to marry her best friend, screen siren Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds revealed that Frank Sinatra had warned her not to marry Eddie Fisher.

She recalled Sinatra saying, "I don't want you marry Eddie. I don't want you to marry a singer, they all cheat. All singers cheat."

"And of course I was rather aghast," Reynolds said.

Years later, she was able to forgive Taylor and they reconciled on a transatlantic ocean crossing.

"She must have decided in her room to send me a note and I decided in my room to send her a note and we said let's get together and talk about it," Reynolds recalled to Inside Edition.

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Debbie Reynolds and gene Kelly in the 1952 movie âSingin' in the Rain.' (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds holds Gene Kelly in a scene from the film 'Singin' In The Rain', 1952. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds, US actress, singer and dancer, poses with Gene Kelly (1912-1996), US actor, singer and dancer, in a studio portrait, against a red background, issued as publicity for the film, 'Singin' in the Rain', 1952. The musical, directed by Stanley Donen, starred Reynolds as 'Kathy Selden' and Kelly as 'Don Lockwood'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
Harve Presnell and Debbie Reynolds get their fingers burned trying desperately save $300,000 that was put in the potbelly stove for safekeeping in a scene from the film 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown', 1964. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1962: Actress Debbie Reynolds with Harve Presnell attends the premiere of 'Unsinkable Molly Brown' in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1962: Actress Debbie Reynolds attends the premiere of 'Unsinkable Molly Brown' in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
American actor and singer Harve Presnell dancing with American actress, singer and dancer Debbie Reynolds in the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. 1964 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds looking at Harve Presnell in a scene from the film 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown', 1964. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
JUN 11 1964; 'Molly' Returns to Denver; Debbie Reynolds, star of the movie, 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown,' is mobbed by fans as she arrives at Staple-¡ton Field Thursday. She will attend the world premiere of the movie Thursday night at Denham Theater. Most of movie musical production is set in Colorado and Denver.; (Photo By Jack Riddle/The Denver Post via Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell in publicity portrait for the film 'The Unsinkable Molly Brown', 1964. (Photo by Metro Goldwyn Mayer/Getty Images)
An amused Peter Brent (Leslie Nielsen) watches an excited Tambrey Tyree (Debbie Reynolds) as she takes in the sights and sounds of the big city in Tammy and the Bachelor. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
The American actress, singer and dancer Debbie Reynolds fishing by the sea, during a break in the shooting of 'Three little words'. USA, 1950 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds and Red Skelton in 'Three Little Words'. Image from the American magazine ' Hollywood life stories' n. 5, 1955. USA, 1955. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Fred Astaire and Red Skelton perform musical piece as Debbie Reynolds and group watch in a scene from the film 'Three Little Words', 1950. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
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Debbie Reynolds in wedding gown in a scene from the film 'The Catered Affair', 1956. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
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Debbie Reynolds, Ernest Borgnine, and Bette Davis in the kitchen for breakfast in a scene from the film 'The Catered Affair', 1956. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
February 1957: American actress Debbie Reynolds dancing in a scene from the film 'Bundle of Joy'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Bundle of fans...Singer Eddie Fisher and his wife, film star Debbie Reynolds, are surrounded by autograph-seeking fans as they arrive at Idlewild Airport here December 16th from Miami. Representatives of an estimated 414 Eddie Fisher Fan Clubs in the metropolitan area turned out to welcome him as he arrived to attend the December 19th premiere of his movie, Bundle of Joy. Debbie costars with him in the film, completed just in time for the arrival of their own bundle of joy, Carrie Frances. The premiere will serve as a benefit for CARE and aid for Hungary.
(Original Caption) Eddie and Debbie-and a Baby. Baby (A) Prophetic? This is what Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds look like as the proud couple with an infant in the picture they are now making at the RKO studio, called Bundle of Joy. In real life, the romantic pair are expecting an infant of their own in November.
(Original Caption) Debbie Reynolds. Eddie Fisher appearing together in Bundle of Joy , 1951 it was Fisher Film debut. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
The American actors Tony Curtis and Debbie Reynolds kiss in a scene from the film 'The Rat Race' by Robert Mulligan. United States, 1960. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
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(Original Caption) Debbie Reynolds in Paramount's The Rat Race, 1966. (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
The actors Mooredead Agnes, Debbie Reynolds, Kimm Charney, Carroll Baker, Brian Russell and Karl Malden, as a family of pioneers, on a raft in the film How the West Was Won. USA, 1962. (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds on the set of 'How the West Was Won'. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Time flies...Hollywood: The sharp contrast between these studies of actress Debbie Reynolds is a tribute to Hollywood makeup artistry. At left, Debbie is shown as a perky, wide-eyed young girl in the MGM film, How the West Was Won. At right, hardly recognizable, Debbie appears later in the movie as a spunky old woman in her late sixties. Time marches on, with the expert help of the makeup department and wardrobe supervisors.
American actor Karl Malden (Mladen George Sekulovich) talking to American actress Carroll Baker (Karolina Piekarski). American actors Bryan Russell, Debbie Reynolds and Agnes Moorehead watching the scene in the film How the West Was Won. USA, 1962 (Photo by Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images)
Actress Debbie Reynolds pouts to director Henry Hathaway on the set of the 1962 film How the West Was Won. Reynolds played the part of pioneer Lily Prescott. (Photo by �� John Springer Collection/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) The Singing Nun...The three stars of The Singing Nun pose for a portrait in front of a picture of Pope Paul. They are, left to right, Agnes Moorehead, assistant to the Mother Prioress, Debbie Reynolds, Sister Ann (the Singing Nun), and Greer Garson, Mother Prioress of Samaritan House.
(Original Caption) The singing nun...Ed Sullivan, who plays himself in The Singing Nun, was so impressed with Debbie's ability to play the guitar, he asked her if she would give him lessons. Debbie, naturally, complied, but after Ed heard himself play, he said, 'Maybe I'd better stick to television.'
Little Carol Johnson held by Debbie Reynolds in a scene from the film 'The Singing Nun', 1966. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Greer Garson reading note as Debbie Reynolds watches in a scene from the film 'The Singing Nun', 1966. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Any Wedding Announcement will Come from Mom. Hollywood, California: Singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds might be likened to a pair of love birds for sure in this picture but don't draw any hasty conclusions about wedding bells for them. Debbie said that any announcement of their wedding would be made by her parents and would give only a 'maybe' to queries on the wedding prospects.
After 24 years of show business, 49-year-old Debbie Reynolds is about to make her first appearance in Broadway. After a tumutuous tryout tour that began in Canada last November, she opens here on March 13th in a remake of the 1919 musical 'Irene.' Also making her debute will be Debbie's (and Eddie Fisher's) 16-year-old daughter, Carrie Fisher (seated left on floor), who is in the chorus of the show. Debbie says she's not a typical stage mother but 'it's wonderful Carrie wants to be in show business.'
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Married three times, Reynolds candidly admitted she had terrible taste in men.

She said: "I still believe in love. It's just that it hasn't happened to me. It's wonderful if you can really find someone that adores you but that hasn't happened for me so I think three strikes and that's enough of that!"

Reynolds and her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher had a tumultuous relationship that included a decade of not speaking to one another. After they buried the hatchet, they became very close, with the proud mother worrying about her daughter.

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Fisher died of a heart attack Tuesday at age 60, her mother passed away the following day after a reported stroke at 84.

Watch: The Illustrious Career of Debbie Reynolds That Spanned Seven Decades


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