Rex Reed on Debbie Reynolds


Thanks to Jill Leger for forwarding Rex Reed’s review: “But Debbie is Debbie, and with so many greats now deceased, she’s pretty much in a class by herself. The act at the Carlyle, accompanied by a trio, is something of a mess, but it’s not complicated to describe or analyze. She just gives ’em what they want. If there’s anything you don’t like, she’ll change it. We’ve grown up watching her morph from bubbly ingénue to tough show-business survivor. She’s endured because of her ability to reinvent herself at regular intervals. Now, even with material so old it grows moss, I’d rather watch her fumbling for words and walking into the grand piano than 90 percent of the untalented cabaret newcomers I see today.”


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