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Debbie Reynolds to get SAG Award

Published 19/08/2014 | 13:41

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Debbie Reynolds is to be given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild

Debbie Reynolds is to be given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG), it has been announced.

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The 82-year-old actress - whose work includes Singin' In The Rain and TV sitcom Will And Grace - is being honoured for her professional and humanitarian accomplishments.

Debbie - the mother of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher - will receive her accolade at the SAG awards ceremony on 25 January 2015, The award is the union's highest accolade.

Debbie, a star of stage and screen, has starred in over 50 films, two Broadway shows, two TV series and has also headlined a show at her own casino in Las Vegas.

Last year she played Liberace's mother in Steven Soderbergh's acclaimed TV movie Behind The Candelabra.

In 1955, Debbie and other young stars established a charity called The Thalians to fight the stigma of mental illness. The Thalians has since raised more than 30 million US dollars (£18 million).

In 1979 - thinking she would soon retire from performing - she opened a facility in Hollywood where performers could rehearse in comfort, which has been used by Cher, Michael Jackson and Johnny Depp.

Debbie published her first memoir in 1987 and updated it with 2013's Unsinkable: A Memoir.

The 21st annual SAG Awards will be presented on January 25 at Los Angeles' Shrine Exhibition Centre.

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