Last Updated 23 | 08 | 2014 at 19:00


Debbie Reynolds to receive lifetime SAG award

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Veteran screen star Debbie Reynolds is to be given a lifetime achievement award by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

The 82-year-old actress, whose credits include Singin' In The Rain and TV sitcom Will and Grace, will receive her accolade at the SAG awards ceremony on 25 January.

The award is the highest honour bestowed by the actors guild.

It is given out each year to an individual who represents "the highest ideals of the acting profession" and Ken Howard, SAG president, called Reynolds "a tremendously talented performer with a diverse body of screen and stage work".

Also adding, "Her generous spirit and unforgettable performances have entertained audiences across the globe, moving us all from laughter to tears and back again," he added.

Reynolds kick-started her career at the age of 16 by winning the Miss Burbank competition.

She was also previously nominated for an Oscar for her lead role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Reynolds also established a collection of Hollywood memorabilia containing hundreds of items, which was displayed at her Las Vegas hotel before being sold off to private collectors three years ago.

Anticipating retirement in 1979, she also opened a facility in Hollywood where performers could rehearse in comfort, which has been used by Cher, Michael Jackson and Johnny Depp.

Other figures who have received SAG's lifetime achievement honour over the years include Rita Moreno, Shirley Temple, Elizabeth Taylor and James Cagney.

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