Happy birthday, Debbie Reynolds! America’s sweetheart turns another year older today, and what a successful 84 it has been. While younger generations might know her as the out-there grandmother in Halloweentown or Grace’s mom on the popular sitcom Will and Grace, the actress was huge in Hollywood long before she was a lovable grandma.
From her breakout role in The Daughter of Rosie O’Grady to the iconic musical Singin’ in the Rain, Reynolds acted, sang, and danced her way into the everyone’s heart. At 84 years old, she hasn’t slowed down: The actress released a hilarious memoir, Make ‘Em Laugh, last year, dishing on everything from performing for the Queen of England to hobnobbing with Lucille Ball and Frank Sinatra.
In honor of her special day, keep scrolling to see 11 gorgeous vintage images of the multitalented star.
1. On the set of I Love Melvin
Reynolds applies lipstick behind the scenes of the 1952 comedy.
2. In the film Two Weeks With Love
The actress sings and dances to the song "Row Row Row" in the 1950 musical.
3. In a 1950 portrait
Reynolds shyly smiles at the camera while wearing a tulle wrap and a bright red lip in a photograph that epitomizes '50s glamour.
4. In a 1955 photograph
The actress and singer shows off her fit figure in a halter bikini top and high-waisted bottoms in a stunning portrait.
5. In a 1950 portrait
The actress embodies a girl-next-door aesthetic in this shot, which showcases her ringlet curls and freckled skin.
6. On the set of This Happy Feeling
Reynolds looks ready for her close-up on the set of the comedy, wearing a crisp white ensemble.
7. In a poolside portrait
America's sweetheart poses playfully in a leopard-print one piece for this poolside photograph.
8. In a '50s shot
In this pinup shot from 1955, Reynolds is dressed as a pilgrim sitting atop a replica of Plymouth Rock.
9. With her French poodle
The actress smiles as she holds her pup, Fanny, a gift from Eddie Fisher.
10. In a 1950 portrait
The Singin' in the Rain star poses for a photograph in a white sleeveless top with a scarf tied around her neck.
11. In a seaside photograph
Reynolds was photographed on a sandy beach in 1952 wearing an off-the-shoulder striped top, high-waisted bathing suit bottoms, and gladiator sandals. The actress was all smiles as the wind swept through her signature curls.