Monday, August 18, 2014

SAG Awards 2014: Debbie Reynolds to get Life Achievement honor

Actress/author Debbie Reynolds attends the 18th Annual LA Times Festival Of Books at USC on April 20, 2013, in Los Angeles. Imeh Akpanudosen/Getty Images for LA Times
The Screen Actors Guild is honoring Debbie Reynolds for her professional and humanitarian accomplishments.

The guild announced Monday that the 82-year-old entertainer will receive the 2014 SAG Life Achievement Award at the Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony in January. The award is the union's highest accolade.
"I'm thrilled that SAG-AFTRA is presenting our Life Achievement Award to Debbie Reynolds. She is a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work, live performances and several hit records," said SAG-AFTRA President Ken Howard. "Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again. Congratulations, Debbie, on your life achievements."

Reynolds is a star of stage and screen, with more than 50 films, two Broadway shows and two TV series to her credit. In 1955, she 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.

Reynolds was a long time Las Vegas resident and entertainer, owner of the since sold and renamed "Debbie Reynolds Hotel and Casino." Casting for many concert, stage, screen and convention roles are still held at her studios in Las Vegas and in Orange County, California.

Reynolds published her first memoir in 1987 and updated it with 2013's "Unsinkable: A Memoir." She's also the mother of actress Carrie Fisher ("Star Wars") and producer Todd Fisher. 

The 21st annual SAG Awards will be presented Jan. 25 at the 
Los Angeles' Shrine Exhibition Center.

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