Debbie Reynolds Gets Sweet Revenge Hollywood Style

Jacqueline Burt Cote

cleopatra headdress
'Cleopatra' headdress
Call her a smart cookie, a real broad, a tough lady: Debbie Reynolds has suffered her share of show-biz shame, but she's getting the last laugh! The (formerly bankrupt) aging actress auctioned off about 500 pieces from her personal collection of Hollywood memorabilia on Saturday, and the babe made serious bank: The iconic "subway grate" dress worn by Marilyn Monroe in The Seven Year Itch went for $4.6 million, a pair of ruby slippers worn by Judy Garland for The Wizard of Oz screen test went for $1.75 million, Audrey Hepburn's Ascot dress from My Fair Lady went for $3.7 million ... yeah, Reynolds should be able to retire pretty comfortably. The Unsinkable Molly Brown, indeed!

Among the other items for sale were Charlton Heston's robe from Planet of the Apes and the "Do-Re-Mi" dress worn by Julie Andrews in The Sound of Music. Reynolds had been collecting such treasures over the years in the hopes of someday opening up a museum, but hard financial times forced her to sell off the stash instead, which kind of makes Reynolds the most brilliant retroactive investor ever. And it's a good thing, too, considering her taste in husbands didn't improve the second time around (shoe mogul Harry Karl gambled away his fortune and hers). But here's the BEST, BEST, BEST part, in my book: One of the objects up for grabs (no word yet on how much it went for or if it will go up for sale again at a second auction to be held in December) is the golden headdress worn by Elizabeth Taylor in Cleopatra. Yep, that would be Elizabeth Taylor, the woman Eddie Fisher left then-wife Reynolds for!! Talk about poetic justice! Not only is Reynolds the last member of that love triangle still standing, she's turning a profit on the whole affair. Now that's what I call a Hollywood ending.

If you had millions to spare, what would you buy from Debbie Reynolds?


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