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Neil Patrick Harris shares memories of working with ‘saucy’ Debbie Reynolds

After he was Doogie Howser but before he was Barney Stinson, Neil Patrick Harris starred in a television movie opposite the late, great Debbie Reynolds.

The 1998 film was The Christmas Wish for CBS and Harris played Reynolds’ grandson.

‘It was almost 20 years ago and I was inspired by her back then because she had done Singin’ in the Rain,’ Harris said Monday on The Talk.

‘I just wanted to hear stories about that,’ Harris said of the classic 1952 musical that made Reynolds a star.

She starred in the film with experienced holders Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor even though she had no dancing experience.

Reynolds died last month at the age of 84 – a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died at 60.

Harris recalled the Hollywood legend as someone ‘so lovely and forthcoming’ but someone who also ‘cursed like a sailor.’

‘She was saucy and was great,’ he said. ‘I would laugh and laugh … and she would tell all these amazing stories and (be) entertaining the crew.’

Harris is doing the talk show rounds to promote A Series of Unfortunate Events, the Netflix series on which he portrays Count Olaf.

It premieres on January 13.

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