The actress is remembered for her remarkable presence, charm and humanitarian work.
Finally, after decades of success in the industry, Debbie Reynolds will get recognized by the Screen Actors Guild for her contributions to the business. Reynolds (82) will receive a Lifetime Achievement honour at next year’s ceremony in January. The award is meant to recognize Reynolds’ success as an actor, singer and dancer, as well as her numerous humanitarian efforts. The latter include The Thalians, an organization she helped found in 1955 to fight the stigma of mental illness in children and adults.
Reynolds has more than six decades of work in the industry under her belt.
Her acting work includes starring roles opposite many of Hollywood’s best known leading men – Reynolds held her own. She held her own while sharing the screen with a lineup of 50s and 60s stars, including Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, Tony Curtis and Fred Astaire.
"Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again," Ken Howard, the president of the SAG-AFTRA labor union, said in a statement, quoted via Reuters.
Reynolds has a Best Actress Oscar nod for 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown, as well as a Tony nomination for the 1973 Broadway revival of musical Irene. While she never achieved an Oscar victory, Reynolds made her mark on the industry by acting in almost 70 films, 38 television productions and 7 stage plays.
The 2015 SAG awards will take place on January 25, 2015.
Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, will be honoured for her acting and humanitarian work.