Debbie Reynolds shoots from the artificial hip in her candid new memoir Unsinkable. As excerpted
in Entertainment Weekly (April 5, 2013), she recalls her Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) co-star Leslie Nielsen as good but not good fun:
"Leslie was very gifted. But [he] fancied himself a Method actor... The fact is, most of the time Leslie was a pill to work with. The goat [in the movie] and I worked very closely. She was certainly more fun than Leslie."
She also remembers the night when Elizabeth Taylor made out with gay Monty Clift at a party, then later had to pull teeth from the back of his throat, perhaps saving his life, after he drunkenly crashed his car at the end of the driveway.
Most pointed is her recollection of a presumptuous—and much older, dear—Gene Kelly, who, while filming 1952's Singin' in the Rain, planted more than just a kiss on Reynolds:
"Gene took me tightly in his arms...and shoved his tongue down my throat. 'Eeew! What was that?' i screeched, breaking free of his grasp and spitting...Gene had stepped back, not amused. After a few minutes, I calmed down enough to face his now-icy stare and we redid the scene as you see it in the film."
A (juicy-)storied career!
Man, I would've done that scene for free, Debbie, but I do sympathize with her. She was 19 and a newbie and had this man old enough to be her father tongueing her for all the world to see. No, wait, I still don't see her point.
Can't wait to read this book.