Episode #39

Debbie Reynolds

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Monday, April 15, 2013


Debbie Reynolds has been in show business for over six decades. She talks to Alec about her big break in Singing in the Rain. “I slept in my dressing room,” recalls Reynolds. “I didn't take any days off because I’d practice on Saturday and Sunday.” 

Reynolds went on to appear in Tammy and the Bachelor, The Unsinkable Molly Brown—and more recently, Mother. Reynolds talks about working with different directors and says she’s not one to hold a grudge, but warns that she does have a memory like an elephant.

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Hosted by:

Alec Baldwin

Produced by:

Emily Botein and Kathie Russo

Comments [16]

Faith Allen from United States

I have listened to many of the podcasts while walking my 5 miles a day. I'm 60 yrs old and have followed old Hollywood movie stars as Alec has. I loved how he was with Debbie Reynolds and Elaine Stritch. I bought I knew everything about them...but no, Alec found things out...I never Elaine coming from Birmingham Mi just down the road from me. I always assumed she was a New Yorker from the start. Debbie admitting to having temper tantrums around certain directors and when in need of control in her life. The recent show on Scientology was excellent, almost better then the documentary. I have a few people to recommend if you can get to interview. Amy Schumer,Kevin Spacey, Anthony Bourdain and Louis CK.Thanks for your wonderful show....Faith Allen

Apr. 30 2015 08:50 PM
Yael n shunewich from israel

what a wonderfull interview, my god. Debbie - you are the greatest. you know, growing up a sinic i couldn't stand frew frew musicals, but singing in the rain is a masterpiece in my mind. i loved the humor, the "about show bizz wink", the songs and singing, - can't believe you weren't an experienced actress and singer when you did are so interesting to listen to, too bad i live so far away and will never get a chance to see your show.
Alec- if you read this: i just discovered what a great comedian you are. living in Israel and not getting american shows as much, i've just discovered 30Rock and your appearances on SNL. i'm greatfull for your work, it gives me much joy. of course you are not so bad to look at either..thank you and keep doing all this work. also- keep up with stating your mind on global stuff and politics- i do think actors and musician on your caliber can make a big difference.

Apr. 13 2015 03:36 PM
Kevin Sio from Skaneateles

Driving from Rochester to Skaneateles on Sunday evening, looking for something distracting on the radio. Tuned to WRVO Oswego and started listening with half an ear. I didn't get the set up so didn't know what the program was or who the interviewer was...but stayed with it. To be honest, not an Alec Baldwin fan, too much of a look-at-me-I'm-a-star, but as an interviewer, wow. Engaged, respectful, short questions then shut up and listen to the guest (Michelle Martin are you listening?), great radio voice and most of all prepared. Kudos to the staff because that's where that comes from. Good job everybody.

Nov. 06 2013 10:09 AM

stop interrupting the guests.
your a horror baldwind.

Jun. 30 2013 09:15 PM
Louis from Bridgeville, PA

I wish Alec would retire the Mary Ellen Matthews photo of himself. She made him look like a transvestite putting on her game face. The first time I saw the photo on SNL, I thought it was a campy joke.
I still love the pod-cast.

Jun. 04 2013 05:37 PM
Wendy from London, Ontario

That was so much fun to listen to. I agree with you Alec, you two should definitely work together. Thanks!

May. 28 2013 06:27 PM
Rob Schoenbaum from Stockholm, Sweden

Great interview. Really enjoyed it.

May. 27 2013 06:49 AM

Oh Heavens, Ms. Debbie, Nazarenes are so much different now. Though I think we've always been vastly different from Baptists.

May. 14 2013 01:38 PM
Jason Bennion from Salt Lake City, Utah

Alec, just listened to the podcast of your interview with Debbie Reynolds while out for my afternoon walk. I think it was one of your best, and it was an absolute joy to listen to. You come across as a big fan, as enthusiastic and gushy as any of us "civilians" would be, and yet you also kept control on the interview and asked some interesting questions. And the moment when you and Debbie sang a little of "Good Morning" simply made me happy. I was walking with a big smile on my face, passing people who surely wondered what my deal was. Kudos, and more like this please!

May. 08 2013 06:08 PM
Sam Shaber from NYC

Alec, you have one more thing in common with Debbie Reynolds: Carrie Fisher lived in the Eldorado for years. 12J I think. I used to trick-or-treat at her door each Halloween and be very disappointed when she came to the door without the donuts on her ears.

May. 07 2013 12:21 PM
Jane from Australia

Great interview with Debbie Reynolds, a fantastic woman and actress. Love the stories.

Apr. 26 2013 10:16 PM
Andrew Markoff from 33009

I was very disappointed that the interview did not go into detail about Ms. Reynold's financial debacles and recovery. Her daughter, Carrie Fisher, had said that if her hotel failed in Las Vegas, her mother would be ruined. It seems that for decades, Ms. Reynolds was on the precipice of financial ruin. What happened to those financial problems first engendered by her husband? I would have like to know in detail what had happened and what's happened with her finances since.

Apr. 22 2013 09:38 AM
schneid1 from westchester ,ny

please do more then 1 every 2 weeks!

Apr. 16 2013 11:25 AM
sondra ravin

I found the ad for the Debbie Reynolds event very insensitive to our concerns about guns etc--"put a gun to my head"is neither cute or charming.
Thanks for allowing me to express my feelings.

Apr. 15 2013 09:05 PM
Edward Hurley from Ireland

This whole thing is superb

Apr. 15 2013 11:49 AM
Anthony Makara from Manchester

Having read Debbie's first autobiography it struck me that Debbie Reynolds always looked to work her way out of problems rather than presenting herself as being the victim or simply self-destructing. The woman is so tough and always so determined to stand on her own feet. Which I believe is the main reason why so many have always taken Debbie to their heart. Debbie Reynolds is the most genuine of people, and a truly great performer.

Apr. 15 2013 10:23 AM

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