Actress, Debbie Reynolds’ Stand-In Was 92 – The Hollywood Reporter | Job Alls


Margie Duncan, an actor and actress who represented her expensive buddy Debbie Reynolds in movies together with. The Unstoppable Molly Brown, Second Time Round and The Singing Nun, he died. He was 92 years outdated.

Duncan died Jan. 3 after a short sickness at his residence in Porter Ranch in Los Angeles, his household introduced.

Duncan labored with choreographers within the films to be taught Reynolds’ model, “dancing in” throughout closing and rehearsing till the numbers have been set. He would educate his buddy manners.

Musical comedy The Unstoppable Molly Brown (1964), for which Reynolds obtained his solely Oscar nomination, Duncan repeated the quantity “She’s Not Down But,” which befell in Molly’s (Reynolds) hometown, with choreographer Peter Gennaro.

Duncan jumped on high of the shed to sing the final verse, strolling backwards down its thatched roof and again up into the sky, ending in entrance of the roof. On the final try, one of many straws got here free, inflicting Duncan to fall from the shed. He was unharmed, however the shingles have been nailed when Reynolds arrived.

Within the late Nineteen Seventies, when Reynolds needed to create a spot for skilled actors and others to apply, he referred to as on Duncan to transform a constructing on Lankershim Boulevard in North Hollywood right into a studio whereas the actor was on the street.

Duncan employed Hollywood producer Jerry Wunderlich, an Oscar contender The Exorcist and The Final Tycoon, and coated the concrete flooring with rubber padding the place the picket flooring was put in. This resulted in a “floating flooring” the place the gamers couldn’t be injured.

Duncan would run DR Studios, the place Michael Jackson practiced “Thriller” and Madonna, Ann-Margret, Bette Midler and others created the model, for greater than 30 years.

The elder of two daughters, Duncan was born in Philadelphia on Sept. 4, 1930. A profitable piper, he performed in his hometown in Catholic faculties and at the highschool of the Academy of Music.

One in every of his contemporaries was singer Eddie Fisher, who launched him to considered one of his highschool finest buddies, Bernie Wealthy.

After graduating from Callihan’s Catholic College, Duncan moved to New York to work as an expert dancer. Whereas she was singing and dancing to the sound of music at a Versailles nightclub, Wealthy introduced Fisher and her fiancĂ©, Reynolds, to see his present.

Afterwards, all of them went to dinner, the place Duncan met Reynolds for the primary time. He remembered that they seemed like sisters and have been carrying the identical garments.

Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bernie Rich and Margie Duncan Stork Club, circa 1954.

From left: Eddie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, Bernie Wealthy and Margie Duncan on the Stork Membership in New York circa 1954.

Courtesy of Dorian Hannaway

Each {couples} have been married inside months of one another in 1955. Duncan and Wealthy’s first youngster, Michael, was born in 1956, sooner or later earlier than Reynolds and Fisher had their first youngster, Carrie. The ladies have been pregnant on the identical time once more in 1958 and had their second youngster inside three weeks.

Reynolds typically took Duncan and her three youngsters as a substitute.

Duncan additionally hung out as an assistant to costume designers Bob Mackie and Rhett Turner and designed lots of the exhibits for the Reynolds-led Thalians psychological well being charity.

Duncan and Wealthy divorced in 1968. She then had a short second marriage to Sheldon Kaufman.

Duncan retired from DR Studios after Reynolds’ dying in December 2016 however continued to work out by taking train lessons and going to the ballroom each week.

Survivors embrace his youngsters, Michael, Mark and Elisa; daughter-in-law Rachel; son-in-law John; grandchildren Evelyn, Tony and Gina; and sister Joan.



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