Debbie Reynolds
Donald O’Connor (from left), Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds star in the 1952 MGM musical "Singin' in the Rain."

TCM tribute to Debbie Reynolds airs Jan. 27

Turner Classic Movies celebrates the life and career of legendary actress Debbie Reynolds with a 24-hour film tribute Jan. 27.

Reynolds, 84, suffered a stroke and died on Dec. 28, just a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, passed away.

TCM’s film tribute to Reynolds will include TCM host Ben Mankiewicz interviewing her son, Todd Fisher, beginning at 6/5c. Fisher and Mankiewicz will introduce some of Reynolds’ films, as well as discuss the documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher And Debbie Reynolds.” “Bright Lights” aired recently on HBO.

Reynolds became a sensation in 1952 after starring with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the MGM musical “Singin’ in the Rain.” She received her only Oscar nomination in 1964 for playing the title role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

“Carrie was more Molly Brown than my mom in many ways,” Fisher tells Mankiewicz. “My mother had great gifts, great skills, great coordination. My sister had great talents … but she had a great handicap that most people would throw in the towel on. She didn’t throw in the towel.”

Fisher, the iconic humorist who played Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” films, battled mental illness and addiction. She had a heart attack Dec. 23 at 60 years old and died Dec. 27.


TCM tribute to Debbie Reynolds

(All times ET/CT)

6/5 a.m.

It Started With A Kiss (1959): After a whirlwind courtship, an Army officer and his wacky wife try to make their marriage work

7:45/6:45 a.m.

Bundle Of Joy (1956): A shop girl is mistaken for the mother of a foundling

9:30/8:30 a.m.

How The West Was Won (1963): Three generations of pioneers take part in the forging of the American West

12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m.

The Tender Trap (1955): A swinging bachelor finds love when he meets a girl immune to his line

2:30/1:30 p.m.

Hit The Deck (1955): Sailors on leave in San Francisco get mixed up in love and show business

4:30/3:30 p.m.

I Love Melvin (1953): A photographer’s assistant promises to turn a chorus girl into a cover girl

6/5 p.m.

Singin’ In The Rain (1952): A silent-screen swashbuckler finds love while trying to adjust to the coming of sound

8/7 p.m.

The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964): A musical biography of the backwoods girl who struck it rich in Colorado and survived the Titanic

10:30/9:30 p.m.

The Mating Game (1959): A tax agent falls for a farm girl whose father he’s investigating

12:30 a.m./11:30 p.m.

The Catered Affair (1956): A working-class mother fights to give her daughter a big wedding whether the girl wants it or not

2:15/1:15 a.m.

The Singing Nun (1965): Fanciful biography of the Belgian nun who briefly made the hit parade

4/3 a.m.

How Sweet It Is! (1968): A married couple’s working vacation in Paris turns into a battle to stay faithful

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds and Harve Presnell in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” from 1964. (MGM/Photofest)