BORN ON THIS DAY
DEBBIE REYNOLDS (19322016). The Hollywood icon (pictured) shot to fame aged 19 opposite gene Kelly in 1952’s Singin’ In The Rain. She died last year, a day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds’ collection of film memorabilia included the ruby slippers from The Wizard Of Oz, which she sold for £550,000 in 2011. SERGEI RACHMANINOFF (1873-1943). The Russian’s 1901 Second Piano Concerto was used in the 1945 film Brief Encounter. The Soviet Union regarded him as a ‘violent enemy’ — he fled his homeland with his family shortly after the 1917 revolution, eventually settling in the U.S., where he died of melanoma, days before his 70th birthday.