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Hollywood costumes from Debbie Reynolds’ Collection donated to Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas

Posted at 4:32 PM, Dec 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-10 19:35:18-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — The Nevada State Museum, Las Vegas has been gifted with four historic film costumes that were acquired at the first auction of Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood memorabilia in 2011.

A much-beloved star of stage and film, Reynolds (1932-2016) was also a Las Vegas resident and businesswoman.

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Her off-Strip Debbie Reynolds Hotel Casino & Hollywood Movie Museum opened in 1993.

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This cap is part of a 5-piece dance costume designed by Adrian for leading lady Eleanor Powell as Clare Bennett in "Broadway Melody of 1940," MGM, 1940. Photo Courtesy: Nevada State Museum Las Vegas

She was devoted to preserving the memorabilia from Hollywood’s Golden Age and much of her considerable collection was once on display at her museum.

Following closure of her hotel in 1997 and after failing to find a permanent home for her Hollywood collection, Reynolds decided to sell it. The costumes recently donated to the State Museum were acquired at auction on June 18, 2011.

Watch the trailer for 'Broadway Melody of 1940' below:

The Nevada State Museum Las Vegas is located on the Springs Preserve campus, 309 S. Valley View Boulevard. Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday.