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“The Person, The Persona: Debbie Reynolds in Las Vegas”

September 5


“The Person, The Persona: Debbie Reynolds in Las Vegas” reflects the life of Debbie Reynolds in 1962, still caught in the media spotlight following her divorce from husband Eddie Fisher and his highly-publicized love affair with actress Elizabeth Taylor in 1959. โ€ฏNow, married again, and wishing to spend more time with her two children, Carrie and Todd Fisher, she moves to Las Vegas to begin her million-dollar residency at the Riviera Hotel and Casino. She looks to Las Vegas to provide stability in her life, both personally and professionally, as she establishes herself not only as one of Las Vegasโ€™ most enduring personalities, but also as a multi-talented entertainer.โ€ฏ This leads Hollywood to consider her for different roles, casting her as โ€˜Mollyโ€™ in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, based on a real-life tale of resilience that Debbie felt paralleled her own rags-to-riches life. Her performance in the film earned her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.

This exhibition weaves together two stories: one of Debbieโ€™s professional career, highlighting her performances, collaborations, and unique rapport with her audiences, and one of Debbieโ€™s personal life, featuring the love she had for her family, her enduring friendships, and her โ€œunsinkableโ€ resilience, culminating in a legacy that is forever entwined in the history of Las Vegas. On exhibit through October 26.

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Las Vegas City Hall Grand Gallery

495 S. Main Street
Las Vegas, NV 89101 United States