Debbie Reynolds Has Died At 84, Just One Day After Her Daughter, Carrie Fisher
While mourning the very recent death of her daughter, the iconic actress Debbie Reynolds died on Wednesday evening, according to TMZ. The outlet reported earlier in the day that Reynolds had suffered a stroke and was rushed to the hospital for treatment. According to the report, Fisher had been at her son's house, discussing funeral arrangements for daughter Carrie Fisher, of Star Wars fame, who died of a heart attack just the day before. Like her daughter, Reynolds, who was 84, lived a prolific and eclectic life both on and off the screen, publishing the memoir Unsinkable in 2013 at 81 and earning the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2015.
Shortly after Fisher's death at 60 on Tuesday, her mother posted a loving tribute to her on Facebook. "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she wrote. "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop."
Now, Reynolds as joined Fisher at whatever that next stop is, just as Fisher followed her mother into show business decades ago. While Fisher catapulted to fame in 1977 for her performance as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, Reynolds was a teenager when she first arrived on the big screen in the 1940s. Her part in the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain was her favorite role, and more than 60 years later, she won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 2016 Academy Awards and a Governor's Award in 2015, although she was unable to attend a ceremony to accept it for health reasons, as People reported.
In fact, Fisher divulged in May that her mother "been a little more frail" in recent days, but had recovered from an illness she had dealt with. At the time, a documentary featuring the two of them called Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds had recently premiered at the Cannes Film Festival. ABC News described the film as an "intimate portrait of fame, family, aging and mother-daughter dynamics" and reported that early reviews had been "enthusiastic."
And the close relationship the two shared indicates that it may have been nearly impossible for one to live without the other. According to a 2013 interview with USA Today, their Beverly Hills homes were just a "driveway away" from each other, and she won the humanitarian Oscar for her work surrounding mental illness — which Fisher had coped with throughout her life.
Hollywood lost a great talent with the death of Debbie Reynolds, as well as an iconic mother-daughter duo after Fisher died. To lose them both is devastating blow to the entertainment industry.