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Actress and star of “Singin’ in the Rain,” Debbie Reynolds died at the spry age of 84.

Reynolds grew up in El Paso, Texas where her father was a ditch digger and her mother took in laundry.  In other words: they were the poorest family in El Paso, Texas.  Which is an accomplishment in itself.

She was only 19 when she was cast in “Singin’ in the Rain,” a movie that I will simply trust that you have seen because I am assuming that you are a human with a soul.  Or am I supposing erroneously?

At the time she lived with her parents and commuted to the set. She woke up at 4:00 AM to ride three different buses to the studio.  Sometimes, it was easier to just sleep on the set.  She was living the Hollywood dream.

Reynolds was not a dancer at the time she made “Singin’ in the Rain,” she was as a gymnast. Kelly apparently insulted her for her lack of dance experience, upsetting her.

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Reynold’s foot is cropped out of this photo because of all the blood.

 ‘Cuz you know, Gene Kelly: Dick.

When Fred Astaire found Reynolds crying under a piano. He volunteered to help her with her dancing.  Luckily she had that gymnastics background because Astaire was a known as a boorish lummox who always blundered across the stage.  

[Maybe I should double check that… nah… I’m pretty sure hatesoldtimeydancing5401 knows what he-or-she is talking about.]

After shooting the “Good Morning” routine from 8:00 AM until 11:00 PM, Reynolds’ feet were bleeding and she had to be, literally, carried off the set.

Despite this, Gene Kelly decided that someone should dub her tap sounds, so he went into a dubbing room to dub the sound of her feet as well as his own.  ‘Cuz you know, Gene Kelly: Dick.

Reynolds later said that Kelly “is a perfectionist and a disciplinarian–the most exciting director I’ve ever worked for. And he has a good temper. Every so often he would yell at me and make me cry.”  A guy with a good temper that makes you cry… Did she understand what the words “Good” and” Temper” mean when juxtaposed together like that?

Even Donald O’Connor admitted that he did not enjoy working with Gene Kelly, because he was a of a tyrant.  O’Connor said that for the first several weeks he was terrified of making a mistake and being yelled at by Kelly.   ‘Cuz you know, Gene Kelly: Dick.

Years later, Reynolds said that “‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and childbirth were the two hardest things I ever had to do in my life.”

Kelly later admitted that he had not been kind to Reynolds and was surprised that she was still willing to talk to him afterwards.   Frankly, so am I.  ‘Cuz you know, Gene Kelly: Dick.

There was a lot more about Reynold’s life that I could have written about.  But I so enjoy calling out Gene Kelly for his douchebaggery and dickishness.

This hit goes to: Wes!  He has three hits now and is only 10 points behind the leader!  Happy early birthday, Wes!

Happy pooling,

SPMI

Current Standings:

Jami: 90 – (Fidel Castro – 10, Bernard Frost – 20, Zsa Zsa Gabor – 10, George Michael – 50)

Wes: 80 – (Holly Dunn – 50, John Glenn – 10, Debbie Reynolds – 20)

Tailgating w/ Jesus: 50 – (Ralph Branca – 10, Craig Sager – 40)

Josh: 40 – (Florence Henderson – 20, Grant Tinker – 10, Gordie Tapp – 10)

Lee Kwang Soo!: – 30 (Alice Drummond – 20, Dr. Henry Heimlich – 10)

Gianna: 20 – (Leonard Cohen – 20)

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