Actresses of the 50s and 60s

Debbie Reynolds

In 1932, American on January 4, 2017 at 10:50 am

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Debbie Reynolds (1932 – 2016).

TCM: When Tammy and the Bachelor was released on June 14, 1957, it was not, as Reynolds herself wrote, a big hit.

Tammy and the Bachelor had opened to lukewarm reviews. It was not a spectacular success at the box office. The title song had been sung over the credits of the movie by the Ames Brothers, and I also sang it in the picture. My recording wasn’t released until after the movie had come out, but unlike the picture, it took off right away. Seeing a big promotional possibility, Universal immediately pulled the picture for a few weeks until the record built momentum. A few days after we [she and husband Eddie Fisher] arrived in England, I got a wire from the United States informing me that Tammy was one of the Top Ten on the Billboard charts. Everyone was amazed because it was a sweet, simple little ballad in contrast to the hits from Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Paul Anka, and Buddy Holly. […] The record had such an impact that when Universal re-released Tammy and the Bachelor it grossed millions.”

The song, written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston earned Reynolds a gold record. It spent five weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song (with Reynolds singing at the Oscars ceremony in 1958). Tammy also gave Reynolds the distinction of being the only woman to have a #1 hit record between July 28, 1956 and December 1, 1958.

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