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The host of this series is noted writer and film historian Robert Osborne. Each episode consists of Osborne conducting an interview with an actor or actress of Hollywood's "Golden" era of the 1920s - 1960s. Clips of the artist's work in film are liberally included in the program. Written by Karl Holzheimer

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Debbie Reynolds Up Close and Engaging
1 September 2017 | by See all my reviews

Reynolds' natural sparkle is infectious, even in a sit-down interview. With Robert Osborne, it's a solid hour for both Reynolds' fans and fans of old movies. I love those clips from her early movies, especially the nonsense lyrics at machine gun speed, like "Abba-Dabba Honeymoon". For a non- dancer, she certainly learned in a hurry, matching even the great Gene Kelly step-for-step. But then it looks easier than it was, as she recalls with a sweaty brow. Happily, she relates personal insights on a number of films in her lengthy career. Naturally, she discusses her star-crossed marriage and break-up with Eddie Fisher. It's not gossipy, more like how she adjusted to the headline triangle with her, Fisher, and Liz Taylor. Also, her account of pre-show biz years is an interesting story of poverty and fortunate breaks, and amounts to a revealing look at 50's Hollywood.

All in all, the interview remains pretty low-key covering her life's up's and down's and personal philosophy, with Osborne only interjecting at appropriate intervals. Perhaps surprisingly, her celebrity daughter Carrie Fisher is only mentioned in passing. Thus, the hour is mainly about Debbie the person, which is as it should be.


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