From: Jon Whitcomb, "Box Office Darling", published in Cosmopolitan, 1960, posted on Debbie Reynolds Online website (http://www.debbiereynoldsonline.com/articleboxofficedarling.htm; viewed 22 September 2005):
Debbie on Debbie [answers to interview questions]From: "Debbie Reynolds" Biography page on ReelClassics.com website (http://www.reelclassics.com/Actresses/Reynolds/reynolds-bio.htm; viewed 22 September 2005):
On religion: "I go to church every Sunday morning." (The Reynolds family belongs to the Church of the Nazarene.)
Growing up in Burbank in the 1940s, Mary Frances [i.e., Debbie Reynolds] attended public school, participated in athletics and the school band, was an ardent member of the Girl Scouts, and, despite her mother's Nazarene upbringing, even went to the movies on occasion where she developed an admiration for the ebullient comic style of Paramount star Betty Hutton.From: Jane Szabaga, "Debbie Reynolds: America's Sweetheart" in Entertainment section of Suite101.com website, published 14 August 2000 (http://www.suite101.com/article.cfm/hollywood_biographies/45826; viewed 22 September 2005):
Mary Frances Reynolds was born in El Paso, Texas on April 1, 1932. She was a cute young child - but for all her cuteness she was also a tomboy who just wanted to play with her brothers and couldn't understand why they wouldn't let her play with them. The Reynolds family moved to California when Mary Frances was a child, and lived a modest life in the area around Hollywood. They lived blocks away from the Warner Brothers film studio, but Mary Frances thought nothing of it since her religious upbringing (her family belonged to the Nazarene church) felt movies were sinful.