While I never met Debbie Reynolds, I feel almost as if I grew up with her. My first memory of her is from a movie called Two Weeks with Love, which I saw when I was about nine years old. I thought "Aba Daba Honeymoon" was the greatest song ever, and I fell hard for Debbie Reynolds. I saw her in many movies after that, and when that rat Eddie Fisher dumped her for Liz, it was big news among my friends, especially the girls. (Carleton Carpenter, who sang the duet with Debbie, went on to write a series of mystery novels, most of which I own, but none of which I've read.)
But the main thing I wanted to mention is that there was a persistent rumor that Debbie was related to some people in my little hometown of Mexia, Texas. These people weren't the cream of society, quite the opposite, in fact. One of them was known only to me (and everyone else I knew) as Guv'nor. He was, as we say now, mentally challenged, and he lived with his mother in a house that wasn't much more than a shack. The rumor went that Debbie came to Mexia more than once to visit Guv'nor and his mom. I knew at least two people who claimed to have seen her when she was in town.
Several years ago Judy and I saw her do a one-woman show about which I remember very little other than that she was natural and charming and exactly what I'd expected Debbie Reynolds to be. I sure wish I'd seen her when she slipped into my hometown to visit her less fortunate relatives. If they were her relatives and if she ever did.