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Unsinkable: A Memoir [Digital]

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  • Digital
  • ISBN-10: 0062213679
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062213679
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (630 customer reviews)

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148 of 151 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, heartbreaking April 6, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Although hugely entertaining and full of laughs, I didn't find this autobiography the light fluffy romp that some readers did. It's almost hard to believe that Debbie Reynolds has survived so much disappointment and heartbreak - with humor and energy fully intact.
It says a lot that Debbie is so incredibly close to her bright and very talented children.
Amazing that she has had such awful luck with men. Eddie Fisher was a supremely selfish man who virtually abandoned his children, Harry Karl a "nice guy" hopelessly addicted to gambling and prostitutes, and her last husband, a handsome charmer from Virginia, is a truly dreadful human being.
Remember that Doris Day, Esther Williams, and Shirley MacLaine also married pathetic excuses for husbands who wiped out all or much of their wive's fortunes.
Otherwise, Debbie has little bad to say about anyone. She comes across as a person of real substance and spiritual maturity. What she says has the ring of truth.
The book's final section includes fascinating gossip and tidbits about every movie she has made. Hard to believe that she is currently appearing on HBO with giant fake shnoz and harlequin glasses as Liberace's mother.
Debbie is indeed a national treasure. Bless her.
GREATLY recommended.
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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
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Anyone who has had an encounter with Debbie Reynolds (and to my way of thinking that is probably half of the population of the United States) can tell you one distinct thing....she is a powerhouse of energy that loves her fans and is enthusiastic and just plain nice. I've met her three times. She'll answer questions, talk about the good old days when MGM was still the top studio before it was cut up, pose for pictures and signs autographs. She is an atypical celebrity who comes across like a normal human being.
This book is an interesting read from beginning to end. It starts with the breakup of her last marriage which was the one that got the least coverage. It was a pretty rough experience once she realized #3 was robbing her blind and sending her into a mountain of debt much like #2 millionaire shoe magnet Harry Karl did. The tenacious Reynolds is willing to admit that she was blinded by trust, but she fought the good fight trying to reclaim what was rightfully hers. It was nice to know that she was mad but she was also someone who didn't let that anger consume her. She got back up, went back to work, and bailed herself out of debt to resume her career and jump start it at a time when most people would kick back poolside and down pitchers of margaritas.
The reality is that Reynolds has had a long and productive career that wasn't going to necessarily be either. She came to Burbank CA by way of El Paso TX during the Depression. Her family wasn't rich in the conventional sense, but they were loving, close, hard working, and honest. Debbie got into show business by way of a beauty contest that had a talent component. She saw movies as her way to make some money so she could go to college and become a Physical Education teacher. The rest just sort of fell her way.
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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars America's Sweetheart April 5, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
One of the best celebrity bios I have read and I have read a lot of them. This one is funny, touching, heartbreaking and uplifting in equal measures. I have always admired Debbie Reynolds. This book made me love her.
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61 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A REMARKABLE MEMOIR AND DELIGHTFUL BOOK April 2, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
UNSINKABLE: A MEMOIR is a well-written biography by American icon, Debbie Reynolds. It is an entertaining book of stories about many of her trials and tribulations,ups and downs, friends in the business like Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra Gene Kelley and of course her famous children, Todd and Carrie Fisher.

What I like also is she tells many of these tales in a humorous way so it's hard difficult to read and not have a smile or your face. Lots of photos included in this book as well. Spanning over 60 years of memoirs, I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy reading about famous actors and actresses and especially someone as well known as Debbie Reynolds.

I hope you enjoy this as much as I did.

RJ Parker
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! April 5, 2013
By Lou
Format:Kindle Edition
I grew up during the time Debbie grew up, married Eddie and went on from there. Reading her book bought me back through my own life and many memories. I've enjoyed her bright smile, humor and am always happy to see her films and have learned how they all came about. This book brought me back in time and I enjoyed every minute. Thank you Debbie!
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38 of 44 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A light fun read April 4, 2013
By Kimchi
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I wouldn't say I'm a fan of Debbie Reynolds but I do enjoy the stories and anecdotes about the golden age of Hollywood. Having seen just one film she has starred in, I mostly bought this as a light, entertaining read and received exactly what I was after in this book. The writing is simple and coasts along easily and reads almost like a transcript from some breezy afternoon brunch with the spunky screen legend of her reminiscences on her films, friends and co-stars. Sometimes feeling a bit like stream of consciousness, there are times when her focus shifts slightly, but only briefly.

She does go into some detail about her loss of her memorabilia collection and the many business deals gone wrong in her attempt to create a Hollywood history museum. I wasn't all that interested in those recountings and while they are sad and unfortunate, I would hardly consider her working through these events as a triumph per se. But its always nice to hear that someone has come "out the other side" just fine after some of those ordeals. And thankfully, in Ms. Reynolds' case, with her sense of humor in tact.

A blend pluckiness, wit and southern charm, her writing did draw some laughs out of me. Especially in her recounting of what happened on the set with Walter Matthau. Just about every story and memory includes at least one positive point, even some of her less enjoyable experiences. And just about every statement about any friends, co-stars and/or acquaintances she writes about are followed with how "lovely", "dear" or "kind" they were, regardless of whether she always got along with them or not.

All in all, fun and entertaining. This is no mere gossip read. Rather, her stories are more like surprising little anecdotes. A chat with a funny, feisty lady disguised as an 81 year old who has no qualms about calling herself an "old broad".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing person!
Unsinkable, the life of Debbie Reynolds. Thank you for sharing the journey of your amazing life. I have admired you my whole life, so reading your book made me feel more up close... Read more
Published 20 hours ago by Jonze11
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved reading about her life and her trials she went through
Published 1 day ago by Cindy Collins
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprising and Remarkable
Not only a revealing look at Debbie but remarkable glimpses of many glamorous, and well known stars she worked with. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Kindle Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Published 2 days ago by adrianne hurtig
5.0 out of 5 stars I was very fortunate to attend her show at her casino in Las ...
I have always admired Debbie. She has suffered many setbacks in life but has always come out smiling. Read more
Published 2 days ago by John W. Simser
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsinkable....but not unstoppable!!!
Great Hollywood legends that talks up a storm through turbulent times in her life. I loved the book as I felt a connection to Ms. Reynolds and all her problems. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Sterling Dee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Reading
Enjoyable, Debbie gave a good detail of her early life and showed how vulnerable everyone is in every walk of life. She showed her human side.
Published 2 days ago by mfc701
5.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable book
I have always been a fan of Debbie Reynolds and really enjoyed reading this book. There were funny parts, sad parts -- and shocking parts. I highly recommend this book.
Published 2 days ago by janniesue
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read with lots of "dish
A great read with lots of "dish." Knowing the details of her trials and tribulations makes me love her even more!
Published 2 days ago by Donna Bertrand
3.0 out of 5 stars I never read a book like that before
It was interesting and definitely a tale worth telling. It just bounced around a bit. Twice I thought I was done the book based on how the chapter ended up and then it would start... Read more
Published 2 days ago by KBAG
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