June 6 - Actress Debbie Reynolds' collection of Costumes worn by Hollywood's biggest stars are to be auctioned off in June. John Russell reports.
Iconic movie costumes worn by Charlie Chaplin, Judy Garland and Marilyn Monroe will go up for sale in June from a collection belonging to fellow actress Debbie Reynolds. Reynolds, 79, who starred in such films as "Singing' in the Rain" and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown," has been collecting film memorabilia for more than 50 years. SOUNDBITE Actress Debbie Reynolds saying (English): "I started collecting at the MGM auction which was in 1970. At that time, the people that owned the studio decided they liked real estate. They were not interested in any of the memorabilia. They were just throwing it away. The music went under the freeway." Joseph Maddalena, President and CEO of the celebrity memorabilia auction house, "Profiles in History," believes the collection is unparalleled. SOUNDBITE Joseph Maddalena, President and CEO of the celebrity memorabilia auction house, "Profiles in History," saying (English): "What I am thinking is this is what is left from Hollywood. Debbie Reynolds had the vision in 1970 to go to the MGM lot, all these studios were bankrupt and she bought everything she could afford and literally this is what is left from Hollywood. These are the greatest costumes and artifacts that survived all of film history, they are here." The collection will be on view to the public at the Paley Center for Media in Beverly Hills in early June before the auction on June 18. John Russell, Reuters.