It’s been a bad year to be a celebrity, and as the year closes, we have lost a great performer with a small connection to the Banjo Billy tour in Denver.
Debbie Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Molly Brown in the film version of The Unsinkable Molly Brown. The film was based on the hit Broadway musical, for which Tammy Grimes had won a Tony Award (that award is named after a Denver native!). While the film was not factually accurate, it was a big hit for the young Reynolds.
If you’ve taken our Denver tour, you might remember that we stop at the Molly Brown House and Museum, and discuss the life of this extremely interesting and vibrant woman (who’s name was actually Margaret). She was a woman who would was ahead of her time, and a constant campaigner for the welfare of women and poor people.
Rest in Peace Ms. Reynolds. You and Margaret Brown would likely have been great friends.