Debbie Reynolds passes away at 84 — 1 day after the passing of her daughter, Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds — who rose to stardom in “Singin’ in the Rain” and quickly became a staple among Hollywood royalty — died Wednesday, December 28th as a result of an apparent stroke, TMZ is reporting. She was 84.
Reynolds passed away just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died. This, according to her son Todd.
According to TMZ, Reynolds was rushed to a hospital shortly after 1:00 p.m. Wednesday when someone at the Beverly Hills home of her son, Todd, called 911 to report a possible stroke.
TMZ was told Reynolds and Todd were making funeral plans for Carrie, who died Tuesday of cardiac arrest.
According to TMZ, Todd Fisher said his mother’s last words were “I miss her so much. I want to be with Carrie.” Fifteen minutes later, she had a stroke.
Family sources told TMZ Reynolds had several strokes this year and was in failing health. They believe her daughter’s death was too much to bear.
“She’s with Carrie now,” Todd Fisher said.
Reynolds. who was born Mary Frances Reynolds, was a bubbly singer, dancer and actress who starred in “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Her film career began after being spotted in a beauty pageant at the age of 16. And she became famous when she was picked to co-star with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in “Singin’ in the Rain,” one of Hollywood’s best-known musicals.
She was married then famously divorced from singing sensation Eddie Fisher, who left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor in 1959.
“I have no regrets about my career. I’m just thrilled I’ve had it,” she told CNN’s Larry King in 1990. “You know, it stood by me. Marriages failed; my career always stayed. It gave me the fun of life, you know. It allowed me to travel and meet wonderful, funny people.”
On Wednesday, King tweeted: “Debbie Reynolds was pure class. She was loving, talented, beautiful, unsinkable. I feel sorry for anyone who never got a chance to meet her.”
Though she stepped away from film for much of her career, Reynolds continued to entertain on Broadway stages and in Las Vegas nightclubs. She also appeared on many television shows, including one of her own — “The Debbie Reynolds Show” — that lasted just one season.
Fisher’s daughter with actress Connie Stevens, Joely Fisher, tweeted Wednesday before news of Reynolds’ death: “God speed mama.”
Actress Ruta Lee, a longtime friend of Reynolds, told CNN affiliate KABC entertainment reporter George Pennacchio that Reynolds used her celebrity to help others.
“I was blessed by the almighty in having this wonderful sister who taught me so much in life,” she said. “Debbie was without a doubt one of the most generous, wonderful, loving human beings that God put on this Earth.”
Carrie Fisher, whose grit and wit made “Star Wars'” Princess Leia an iconic and beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, was 60 when she died Tuesday, four days after a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles.