Mary Frances Reynolds was born April 1, 1932 in El Paso Texas. Her career has now spanned well over half a century as an actress and singer.
She first caught the public eye in 1952 when she had a leading role in the film, SINGING IN THE RAIN. She was nominated for an Academy Award in 1964 for her work in THE UNSINKABLE MOLLY BROWN. In 1957 she had the lead in the film TAMMY AND THE BACHELOR and sang the title song, “Tammy.” It would prove to be one of the biggest hits of the year.
It was a slow ballad that caught the attention of the music buying public. It would stay on the BILLBOARD Charts for 31 weeks, and on August 26, it reached number one. It would top all three of BILLBOARD’S singles charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 8/26/57 – 2 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 8/19/57 – 5 weeks at number one.
Billboard Top 100 – 9/2/57 – 4 weeks at number one.
She would continue to act and endure a very public divorce from Eddie Fisher but during mid-1957, she topped the American music world.