From Hollywood's golden era when major studios groomed top talent under contracts, Debbie Reynolds is one of the last of the A-list movie musical queens. She made hard work look easy while she added so much sunshine to 1952's classic musical, Singin' in the Rain. When Shirley MacLaine was originally mentioned for the lead, Debbie campaigned and landed the lead role in the grand MGM version of a big Broadway hit. The Unsinkable Molly Brown crystallized the essence of Debbie Reynolds. She did the role and earned her one and only Academy Award nomination as Best Actress of 1964.