Debbie Reynolds ‘Heartbroken’ She Can’t Attend Governors Awards

Debbie Reynolds
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She is set to be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

The Academy and the family of actress Debbie Reynolds have announced that, due to an unexpectedly long recovery from a recent surgery, she will be unable to attend the 7th annual Governors Awards on Saturday, Nov. 14, where she was set to be honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

Reynolds’ granddaughter will accept the award on her behalf.

“I’m heartbroken that I’m unable to be there in person to receive this extraordinary honor you have given me, so you could see how unbelievably happy you have made me,” Reynolds said in a statement. “If joy could be weighed, this would be the most sizable rejoicing one could feel, especially if that one is me.”

Added Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs, “We’re saddened to hear that Debbie won’t be able to personally accept her well-deserved Oscar. We look forward to honoring her lifetime achievements and commitment to philanthropy in a fitting tribute with her family and friends.”

Along with Angela Lansbury, who was honored at the Governors Awards in 2013, and Doris Day, still waiting for the call, Reynolds has long been considered overdue for recognition by the Academy.

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  1. matt says:

    Doris Day deserves an Honorary Oscar but she won’t ever accept it. She’s already turned it down several times. In the mean time why not actresses Oscar nominated (for The Sundowners) Glynis Johns and Janis Paige?

  2. EddyL says:

    Why is Angela Lansbury mentioned in this article?

    • Because, as noted, like Reynolds, she is someone who had long been considered overdue. Making it all the more unfortunate Reynolds couldn’t attend. Though I’m reminded in the comments below that Doris Day is on that list, too. And I shall add a mention of her now as well.

  3. HB says:

    We love you Debbie Reynolds! And hope you feel better soon!! xxx

  4. Robert White says:

    This is so sad…the Academy of Arts and Science should be ashamed of it’s self…this women should have been honored a long time ago for both her acting and humanitarian work…in addition to that poor judgement…they have regulated awards like this out of the main Oscar event…so disrespectful on so many levels…

  5. MIchael Russnow says:

    She may well be overdue for an Oscar, but this award is for her humanitarian work, not for her acting career, so the Academy should not feel it has done its job.

  6. Jo says:

    When is Doris Day going to be honored?

    • Jimmy Green says:

      totally agree. BOTH should be so honored.

      • I’m standing shoulder to shoulder with you and the prior commentator. Debbie came on the
        scene when I was still in high school and star struck. She was a role model for so many of
        us. Her screen personae, talent and boundless energy inspired millions of us in the fifties
        and beyond. Time has definitely not dimmed her talent though we are rarely allowed to
        see it unless we go to Branscom. Angela Lansbury is in a class all by herself. The first time
        I ever saw her on the screen when when my grandmother took me to see Gaslight. You
        can imagine how many years ago that was, but think about what an impression she must
        have made for me to still remember her in that role. She has endured over the years, and
        her versatility is incredible,

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