Just a day after the death of a beloved Hollywood princess, her mother, a queen from another era of motion pictures died of a stroke at 84:
Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in the Rain” and “Tammy and the Bachelor,” died Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.
Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher, according to her agent, Tom Markley of the Metropolitan Talent Agency. Ms. Reynolds was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday afternoon. Mr. Fisher told the television station ABC 7 Los Angeles that she had suffered a stroke.
According to TMZ, she had been discussing funeral plans for Ms. Fisher, who died on Tuesday after having a heart attack during a flight to Los Angeles last Friday.
“She’s now with Carrie, and we’re all heartbroken,” Mr. Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where Ms. Reynolds was taken by ambulance, The Associated Press said. He said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for his mother.
Carrie Fisher appeared in one of the greatest science fiction movies of all time. And Debbie Reynolds was in one of the greatest musicals of all time:
Debbie is the singer. Jean Hagen is the pretend singer.
While mourners from all over Hollywood are sharing heartfelt memories and condolences, the best tribute to Reynolds already came, a year ago, from Fisher herself. Fisher presented her mother with the 2015 SAG Lifetime Achievement Award, and her speech is exactly the moving, funny, and ribbing testimonial to Reynolds’ legacy to be expected from Fisher’s sharp wit and insight. In the speech, Fisher speaks lovingly, and — because they were one and the same to Fisher — teasingly of her mother, who’s “actually been more than a mother to me. Not much, but definitely more.” Those roles included “grandmother to my alleged daughter,” neighbor, “unsolicited stylist, an interior decorator, and marriage counselor,” as well as being the kind of person who would “give you the shirt off her back … if Vivien Leigh hadn’t once worn it in Gone With the Wind.