Did you know about Debbie Reynold's unsung love for sports?

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On Wednesday, Hollywood lost a hero. Debbie Reynolds passed away at the age of 84 -- she was a hero of old Hollywood glamour.

But did you know that her talents exceeded far beyond the stage? She wasn't just an exceptional singer and dancer. Many fans were unaware of her unsung love of sports and the importance she placed on maintaining an active lifestyle.

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CANADA - CIRCA 1900: Debbie Reynolds (Photo by Boris Spremo/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds ice skating at Grossinger's where they were married.
(Original Caption) When Eddie Fisher first looked at Debbie Reynolds, the girl of his choice, writes Louella O. Parsons in her story of the Eddie-Debbie romance, he though she 'looked good enough to eat with a spoon.' See why?
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American actors Gregory Peck and Debbie Reynolds on the set of How the West Was Won, directed by John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall and Richard Thorpe. (Photo by Sunset Boulevard/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)
LOS ANGELES - UNDATED: Singer and actress Debbie Reynolds poses for a photo circa mid 1950's in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archive/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Educated plaid...Hollywood: For summer school days and right into Fall, young actress Debbie Reynolds wears a button-front plaid cotton dress with demure, rounded collar and three-quarter sleeves. Combining jade and grass-green for the plaid, the dress can be worn with white accessories now - dark green or black when the Fall term begins.
(GERMANY OUT) 23.08.1912, Schauspieler, Tänzer, USA, mit Debbie Reynolds in, 'Du sollst mein Glücksstern sein', ( Singin' in the rain ), Regie: Stanley Donen und G.Kelly, - 1952 (Photo by ullstein bild via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Leap Year Valentines...Never, never pretend you're this type of helpless female, cautions Deborah Reynolds, demonstrating how not to behave at the beach. 'Makes men shy away,' she explains.
(Original Caption) Film star Debbie Reynolds is in a position to laugh off April showers, as she adds an umbrella to the wearing of a slicker, hat and boots. Then to top it off, she climbs into a big cardboard box, which leaves her high and dry. The April rain hasn't a chance here.
(Original Caption) Not Thinking of a White Christmas...Olympic star Bob Mathias enjoys the company of film stars Debbie Reynolds and Celeste Holm on the beach at Acapulco during vacation at this Mexican tropical resort. Besides enjoying the warm surf the trio tried out a paddle board for thrills in Caleta Bay. One thing for sure- they'll have to look at the calendar when Christmas comes -- the weather will never tip them off that it's that time of year.
1953: Actors Donald O'Connor and Debbie Reynolds pose for a potrait session next to a car and she jumps in 1953 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frank Worth, Courtesy of Capital Art/Getty Images)
Debbie Reynolds dancing on football set in a scene from the film 'I Love Melvin', 1953. (Photo by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Getty Images)
Actress Debbie Reynolds gets ready to throw a pass to kick off the football season, Hollywood, California, 1953. (Photo by Underwood Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) 'Simply' sophisticated. Glamour-plus...A dress for cover-girls. Linen sheath perfect for the afternoon sun. Sheer organdy for the cover-up wrap makes the dress a perfect convertible for evening dinner-and-dancing at the country club.
(Original Caption) The young man of might with his arms full of Jane Powell and Debbie Reynolds (right) is Steve Reeves, better known as 'Mr. America of 1947'; 'Mr. World of 1949' and 'Mr. Universe of 1950.' He will appear with the two beauties in a forthcoming film.
(Original Caption) Las Vegas, Nevada: Romance? Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and Singer Eddie Fisher are reported headed for the altar in Las Vegas where the young couple spent the fourth of July holidays. Following their arrival, they spent the day at the pool of Wilbur Clark's desert Inn where Debbie is a guest.
circa 1955: Full-length promotional studio portrait of American actor Debbie Reynolds sitting on the base of an overturned tree with her hands on her hips, in front of a lavender backdrop. She wears a strapless black unitard lined with ermine and a muff on her arm. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
American singer, actor and entertainer Eddie Fisher (1928 - 2010) in a tree with his wife, singer and actress Debbie Reynolds, circa 1955. (Photo by Pictorial Parade/Archive Photos/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - CIRCA 1955: Photo of Debbie Reynolds Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
American actress and dancer Debbie Reynolds in ballet costume, circa 1955. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
There's no lull between the scenes for Vic Damone and Debbie Reynolds, while they're in their element before the cameras, the two are entertainers at heart and have no trouble passing the time. Here, they make merry by kicking up their heels between shootings of Hit The Deck.
LOS ANGELES,CA - JULY 3,1955: A guest attends actress Debbie Reynolds pool party in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Eddie Fishers Relax in Miami. Miami Beach, Fla.: Popular singer Eddie Fisher and his recent bride, film star Debbie Reynolds, enjoy a water-skiing jaunt on Biscayne Bay while relaxing between shows.
(Original Caption) Eddie and Debbie Vacation in Nassau. Nassau, Bahamas: Singer Eddie Fisher and his actress wife, Debbie Reynolds pose in a happy closeup while vacationing in Nassau. Fisher, an avid under-water swimmer had just come up from Davy Jones' locker to pose with his wife. The couple is vacationing at the Emerald Beach Hotel in the British Resort City.
(Original Caption) Debbie Reynolds Arrives at Idlewild Airport in Bad Weather. Queens, New York, New York: Debbie Reynolds on ramp with TWA public relations man, Paul Correri. Camille Williams, Debbie's dancer/friend, is on left. March 6, 1959.
Debbie Reynolds Playing Tennis (Photo by George Rinhart/Corbis via Getty Images)
(Original Caption) Thanks his lucky star...Smiling proudly over his brand-new football, and a picture of screen star Debbie Reynolds, 7-year-old Ritchie Schreiber is a grateful recipient of the actress' gift to his gridiron gang. As the kids were playing on a vacant lot in Detroit, a motorist ran over their football, and drove off without stopping to see the downhearted small fry to apologize. Miss Reynolds, who was driving by at the time, saw the incident, and thinking it was a low-down trick, stopped and gave the lads money for a new pigskin.
(Original Caption) Among happy spectators at opening last night 9/7 of the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus at the Memorial Sports Arena were Debbie Reynolds (left), daughter Carrie, and actor Carleton Carpenter, a friend of the family.
A team of celebrities challenged the New York Croquet Club yesterday in what may have been the first such tournament on the croquet court in Central Park near the Tavern on the Green. Lining up her shot is Jo Loesser, widow of composer Frank Loes ser. Kevin McCarthy, one of the pros from the club, prepares to blast-er croquet is the proper term-the ball played by Debbie Reynolds of the celebrity squad. September 30, 1973. (Photo by Frank Leonardo/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
LA MIRADA, CA - NOVEMBER 18: Entertainer Debbie Reynolds tries out some of the exercise equipment 18 November 1999 at the ceremonies opening the 'A Day Away Center', a day-health care center for patients suffering from Alzheimer's. Approximately 4 million Americans including former U.S. President Ronald Reagan suffer from the debilitating disease which is the fourth leading cause of death among older adults. (Photo credit should read JOHN T. BARR/AFP/Getty Images)
A team of celebrities challenged the New York Croquet Club yesterday in what may have been the first such tournament on the croquet court in Central Park near the Tavern on the Green. Lining up her shot is Jo Loesser, widow of composer Frank Loes ser. Kevin McCarthy, one of the pros from the club, prepares to blast-er croquet is the proper term-the ball played by Debbie Reynolds of the celebrity squad. September 30, 1973. (Photo by Frank Leonardo/New York Post Archives / (c) NYP Holdings, Inc. via Getty Images)
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Debbie was a lover of the outdoors --hiking, swimming and skiing gave her a lot of peace. She often talked about how imperative it is to stay active and moving.

"My life has always been in show business and always active. Stay interested in whatever you're doing whether it's writing, roller-skating or mountain climbing. Don't give up, " she once said.

Even as a young girl, this embracement of life and the outdoors was instilled in her. After her move from Texas to the outskirts of Los Angeles, she became a Girl Scout, decorated with 48 merit badges.

It wasn't just physical fitness for her. Her daughter, Carrie Fisher, struggled with mental illness, and Debbie became an advocate for fundraising and research.

Debbie continued this philosophy of wellness and activeness throughout her life. After all, the vibrant actress had a career that spanned nearly 70 years, and she had no intention of slowing down.

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