Thursday, December 29, 2016

Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds, Voice Of Lulu Pickles In "Rugrats", Passes Away

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds sadly passed away on Wednesday 28th December 2016, aged 84, just a day after her daughter, famed actor and author Carrie Fisher sadly passed away after suffering a heart attack.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at the Screen Actors Guild Awards together in 2015.

Considered Hollywood royalty, Debbie shot to fame thanks to her portrayal of Kathy Selden in Singing' in the Rain.

She went on to have her own television series, The Debbie Reynolds Show, which ran from 1969 to 1970 and landed her a Golden Globe nomination.

GRANDMA: Debbie voiced Lulu Pickles in the kids series

But there was one role which you more than likely saw her in but never knew it was Debbie behind it.

HAPPY TIMES: Lulu married Lou in Rugrats in Paris: The Movie

The actress voiced Lulu Pickles, Grandpa Lou's wife, in the hit Nickelodeon Movie Rugrats in Paris: The Movie and subsequent episodes of Rugrats.

The movie, released in 2000, opened at the wedding reception of Lou and Lulu in a parody of The Godfather.

It went on to include a mother-child dance which upset Chuckie Finster as his mother died shortly after he was born.

The scene kickstarted one of the main storylines of the film, in which Chuckie's dad Chas fell in love with Kira Watanabe. This then added her daughter Kimberly "Kimi" Watanabe-Finster as a new Rugrat and she joined the Nickelodeon series thereafter.

Louise "Lulu" Jonston-Pickles is the second wife of Lou Pickles. Lulu works as a nurse at the local hospital, and met Grandpa Lou when he broke his leg during a dance at a retirement home. However, they first had met years earlier in Europe in 1943, when Lou was a soldier, and Lulu was a singer for the soldiers. She had a lovely voice but had the worst memory with the lyrics, much to the constant annoyance of the other soldiers (some of whom had to shout the lyrics to her). Lou, wanting to get her attention, had cooked her a meal since he was also the cook there. But before Lulu could thank him, the shy Lou ran off. Realizing it is her, Lou asks her to sing another one. But some things never change as Lulu sang sweetly but once again couldn't remember the lyrics to the song. She and Lou quickly fell in love. Lulu has a great-niece named Sarah "Taffy" Maynston, voiced by Nickelodeon alum Amanda Bynes (All That, The Amanda Show), who babysat the Rugrats in later episodes of the series.

Strange coincidence: Amanda Bynes did the voice of one of Charlotte's daughters, Nellie, in Charlotte's Web 2: Wilbur's Great Adventure. Whilst Debbie Reynolds provided the voice for Charlotte in the original 1973 Charlotte's Web film.

Original source: Daily Star (UK); Additional sources: Rugrats Wiki, CNN, The Guardian,, USA Today.

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