Just one day after the loss of the amazing Carrie Fisher, her mother legendary actress Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke and passed away at age 84.
Carrie would have joked that her mother was stealing her limelight.
Debbie Reynolds is now best known as Kathy in Singin’ in the Rain, a huge star in the 1950s and 1960s her other films include The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Bundle of Joy and The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Younger audiences may know her better as Grace Adler’s mother on Will & Grace or Aggie in Halloweentown.
A documentary is set to air in March 2017 called Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. It’s really unfortunate that both women passed before this documentary came out.
Debbie Reynolds was a self confessed movie-aholic, and had a huge collection of Hollywood memorabilia and even had a museum dedicated to her pieces, however much of it has unfortunately been auctioned off. Her collection included the ruby slippers from the Wizard of Oz, John Wayne’s guns, movie posters and thousands of costumes.
There’s an amazing part in Carrie Fisher’s book Wishful Drinking, where Carrie recounts a story of Debbie who was being punished by her mother, who sent her to sit in the closet. After a time of sitting in the closet Debbie asked her mother for a glass of water. When asked why she responded:
Because I’ve spit all over your clothes and now I want to spit all over your shoes.
Todd Fisher said this today:
She went to be with Carrie. In fact, those were the last words that she spoke this morning.
Our thoughts go out to Billie Lourd, Carrie’s daughter and Debbie’s granddaughter, and Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother and Debbie’s son, both of whom must be going through an unthinkably hard time.