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Leslie Nielsen Has Me to Thank for His Comedy Career: Debbie Reynolds

Leslie in '57, looking a bit less Lee Strasberg—and more Jerry Lewis.

Leslie in 1957, looking a bit less Lee Strasberg—and more Jerry Lewis.

EDITOR’S NOTE (Nov. 29, 2010): Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday at age 84 after being admitted to a hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., for pneumonia. Below is story from Sept. 18, 2009 about a BlogTalkRadio interview with funnyman’s one-time co-star, Debbie Reynolds.

Though most under-40 moviegoers know Leslie Nielsen as that funnyman from the Naked Gun flicks, he began his career hoping to follow in the footsteps of such heavies as Marlon Brando, Monty Clift and Paul Newman.

But all that changed when co-star Debbie Reynolds encouraged him to tackle an unfamiliar genre.

Interviewed on Movie Addict Headquarters, Debbie recalls how Leslie initially balked at signing on for the 1957 musical rom-com Tammy and the Bachelor.

“Leslie was fresh from New York. He came from The Actors Studio and he thought doing Tammy—a simple little story with a goat and Walter Brennan and Debbie Reynolds—was really corny,” she tells host Betty Jo Tucker.

“He didn’t want Continue reading

It’s a Star-Studded Edition of ‘The Mix’

Smear on that sun-block and slap on those shades and because tonight on The Daily Mix, the stars are comin’ out in spades.

And if you’re lucky enough to snag a seat for this cavalcade of A-listers, here’s a sampling of what you’ll learn:

CAPTION: "She was one of the most well-proportioned women I've ever seen," Tony tells us of Marilyn (above).

"She was one of the most well-proportioned women I've ever seen," Tony tells us of one-time flame Marilyn (above).

—When—as Tony Curtis himself recounts—legendary costume designer Orry-Kelly told Marilyn Monroe, “You know, Tony Curtis has a better- looking a – - than yours,” how the iconic blonde bombshell responded.

—Why racing legend Janet Gutherie—the first woman to compete in the Indy 500— feels compelled to point out, “The fact that you don’t have broad shoulders and big muscles doesn’t matter.”

—Which Sopranos castmember tells us, “One day, I was standing there with Vinny Pastore and Michael Imperioli, and Continue reading

Debbie Reynolds: Leslie Nielsen Has Me to Thank for His Comedy Career

CAPTION: Lightening up: Late-'50s Leslie looking a little less Lee Strasberg.

Leslie in '57, looking a bit less Lee Strasberg—and more Jerry Lewis.

Though most under-40 moviegoers know Leslie Nielsen as that funnyman from the Naked Gun flicks, he began his career hoping to follow in the footsteps of such heavies as Marlon Brando, Monty Clift and Paul Newman.

But all that changed when co-star Debbie Reynolds encouraged him to tackle an unfamiliar genre.

Interviewed on Movie Addict Headquarters, Debbie recalls how Leslie initially balked at signing on for the 1957 musical rom-com Tammy and the Bachelor.

“Leslie was fresh from New York. He came from The Actors Studio and he thought doing Tammy—a simple little story with a goat and Walter Brennan and Debbie Reynolds—was really corny,” she tells host Betty Jo Tucker.

“He didn’t want Continue reading

What's Going On? August 5, 2008

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

Good morning, radio fans. Were you up early like me. There’s a lot going on so I won’t bore you too much with the small talk and chit chat. I hope you enjoy today’s highlights!

Guess what, soap fans? Brian Gaskill who you know as Rafe from Port Charles will be visiting BuzzWorthy Radio today. Come by and see what he’s been up to! 4:30 p.m. EST.

This one’s for you Movie Addicts! Betty Jo Tucker has a tribute to Debbie Reynolds in store. Todd Fisher brings listeners up to date on the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum — and more Debbie fans call in with their personal tributes to her. Film critic James Colt Harrison and Debbie fan Gloria Walters return to help with the show. Don’t miss it at 4:00 p.m EST.

Our friend Shaun O’Mac has a couple of notable guests on BlogTalkRadio Today this afternoon. Legendary producer and songwriter Kenny Gamble plus American Idol runner up Blake Lewis. Check it out at 3:00 p,m EST.

Listen in when Sydicated News bring you the CEO of Widget Box, Will Price. Want to ad bling to your blog? You won’t want to miss this segment at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Bloggers also won’t want to miss Behind the Blog today at 1:00 p.m. EST. The topic this week is “Finding your bloggy voice” something we all struggle with from time to time!

Enjoy today’s highlights and don’t forget to scan the rest of today’s segments on our On Air Schedule Page.

Have a nice day!

- Deb

What’s Going On? August 5, 2008

Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds

Good morning, radio fans. Were you up early like me. There’s a lot going on so I won’t bore you too much with the small talk and chit chat. I hope you enjoy today’s highlights!

Guess what, soap fans? Brian Gaskill who you know as Rafe from Port Charles will be visiting BuzzWorthy Radio today. Come by and see what he’s been up to! 4:30 p.m. EST.

This one’s for you Movie Addicts! Betty Jo Tucker has a tribute to Debbie Reynolds in store. Todd Fisher brings listeners up to date on the Debbie Reynolds Hollywood Motion Picture Museum — and more Debbie fans call in with their personal tributes to her. Film critic James Colt Harrison and Debbie fan Gloria Walters return to help with the show. Don’t miss it at 4:00 p.m EST.

Our friend Shaun O’Mac has a couple of notable guests on BlogTalkRadio Today this afternoon. Legendary producer and songwriter Kenny Gamble plus American Idol runner up Blake Lewis. Check it out at 3:00 p,m EST.

Listen in when Sydicated News bring you the CEO of Widget Box, Will Price. Want to ad bling to your blog? You won’t want to miss this segment at 9:00 p.m. EST.

Bloggers also won’t want to miss Behind the Blog today at 1:00 p.m. EST. The topic this week is “Finding your bloggy voice” something we all struggle with from time to time!

Enjoy today’s highlights and don’t forget to scan the rest of today’s segments on our On Air Schedule Page.

Have a nice day!

- Deb