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Donna's close friend

Norma Connolly, Shelley Fabares, Debbie Reynolds and Grover Asmus in Denison, Iowa

Debbie Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016).

Mary Frances Reynolds, known professionally as Debbie Reynolds, was an American actress, singer, and businesswoman. Her career spanned almost 70 years and covered film, television, and stage. She also had several business ventures, including ownership of a dance studio and a Las Vegas hotel and casino. She was an avid collector of film memorabilia, beginning with items purchased at the landmark 1970 MGM auction.

Reynolds met Donna Reed while working with charities. They became close friends, appearing on national television to promote Another Mother for Peace causes. She traveled to Denison, Iowa to participated in the third annual Donna Reed Performing Arts Festival in June 1988 where she spoke of their friendship.


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