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Author: Debbie Reynolds, Dorian Hannaway Narrator: Judith Ivey Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2015 ISBN: 9780062424068
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The beloved Hollywood star and New York Times bestselling 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, 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “These rich, often illuminating, anecdotes read much like a catalogue of the memorabilia that Reynolds sold off over the last few years. The stories not only augment the gaps left in Unsinkable but also act as an elegy to the ever-fading memories of Hollywood’s golden era.”

    Washington Post

  • “An engaging collection of memories…What’s most impressive here is her (almost always) upbeat outlook and her fond regard for the deep friendships she has forged throughout her life. This isn’t exactly a showbiz memoir; it’s more of a memory book by a woman who has lived a rich life that happened to involve Hollywood.”

    Booklist

  • “Names drop like snowflakes, glistening in the sunny terrain of this exuberant memoir.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Actress Judith Ivey is dead-on narrating Reynolds. Ivey also does Reynolds impersonating Barbra Streisand as well as Eva and Zsa Zsa Gabor, all of which is pure fun. Anecdotes, chats, and reminiscences abound, deftly written both for the earbuds and the page. Especially touching are reflections on the second-string character actors Reynolds knew and respected, such as Max Showalter. This is a delightful romp. Don’t miss the experience.”

    AudioFile

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About the Author

Debbie Reynolds, often referred to as America’s sweetheart, is an actress, comedienne, singer, dancer, and author best known for her leading roles in the films Singin’ in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown and as Bobbi Adler on television’s Will & Grace. After more than sixty years in the entertainment industry, she is truly a Hollywood icon. Reynolds continues to thrive, performing her one-woman show around the world, making film and television appearances, and writing a syndicated weekly advice column.

About the Narrator

Judith Ivey was born in 1951 in El Paso, Texas. She was not quite yet a Tony Award–winner, but already a prolific Broadway and stage actress when she made her film debut appearance as Steve Martin’s love interest in Arthur Hiller’s The Lonely Guy. She then went on to star as Jennifer Jason Leigh’s older sister in the southern gothic thriller Sister, Sister. She came to star (despite her impressive resume) as what would be her better remembered role, Texan B. J. Poteet in the last season of Designing Women. Other notable characters she has played in film include Keanu Reeves’ mother in Devil’s Advocate, one of three intrepid psychics investigating a haunted house in Stephen King’s three-part miniseries Rose Red, and the recurring role of Debra Messing’s mother-in-law Eleanor Markus on Will & Grace. Her audiobook narrations have won her five AudioFile Earphones Awards.