Debbie Reynolds (1932-2016) Tribute List

Just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds died of a stroke at the age of 84 on December 28, 2016. Reynolds will be remembered for her role in one of the greatest movie musicals of all time, "Singin' in the Rain," and her Oscar-nominated performance in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." She was also the voice of the title spider in the animated musical "Charlotte's Web," which was full of its own vocabulary lessons. Here are twelve vocabulary words from quotes by Debbie Reynolds both in and out of character.
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  1. gratify
    make happy or satisfied
    I gave it all that I had, and it's gratifying that others seem to be receiving it so well.
  2. hooligan
    a cruel and brutal fellow
    I had a lot of fun with Frank Sinatra, because he was such a hooligan, and so to himself, he was the king, and everything was his way, and I enjoyed watching that.
  3. salutation
    an acknowledgment or expression of good will
    Charlotte: Salutations.
    Wilbur: Salu-what?
    Charlotte: Salutations.
    Wilbur: What are they? And where are you?
    Charlotte: Salutations are greetings; it's my fancy way of saying hello.
    - Charlotte's Web
  4. versatile
    having great diversity or variety
    Wilbur: I didn't know you could lay eggs.
    Charlotte: Oh yes. I'm versatile.
    Wilbur: Does versatile mean "full of eggs"?
    Charlotte: [chuckling] Certainly not. Versatile means I can turn with ease from one thing to another.
    - Charlotte's Web
  5. humble
    marked by meekness or modesty; not arrogant or prideful
    Charlotte: Humble. Humble has two meanings: it means "not proud" and and it also means "near the ground." That's Wilbur all over.
    - Charlotte's Web
  6. gullible
    naive and easily deceived or tricked
    Charlotte: Trust me, Wilbur. People are very gullible. They'll believe anything they see in print.
  7. dignified
    having or showing self-esteem
    Kathy Selden: Laugh all you want, but at least the stage is a dignified profession.
    Don Lockwood: [scoffing] Dignified profession.
    Kathy: What do you have to be so conceited about? You're nothing but a shadow on film... just a shadow. You're not flesh and blood.
    - Singin' in the Rain
  8. conceited
    having an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    Kathy Selden: Laugh all you want, but at least the stage is a dignified profession.
    Don Lockwood: [scoffing] Dignified profession.
    Kathy: What do you have to be so conceited about? You're nothing but a shadow on film... just a shadow. You're not flesh and blood.
    - Singin' in the Rain
  9. vulgar
    lacking refinement or cultivation or taste
    Molly Brown: [in France] Here I'm pleasant, at home I'm vulgar, I guess it's like here you eat snails, at home you step on them.
    - The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  10. runt
    disparaging terms for small people
    Molly Brown: [to Johnny Brown] Where I come from we drown runts of the litter like you.
    - The Unsinkable Molly Brown
  11. precision
    the quality of being reproducible in amount or performance
    Anything worthwhile is hard, and dancing is very hard, and if you’ve ever studied dancing of any kind you’d know that to be in precision, three people dancing together.
  12. vastly
    to an exceedingly great extent or degree
    Being normal is vastly overrated
    - Halloweentown

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