Actor & entertainer Debbie Reynolds died at 84 years old on Wednesday, December 28th, one day after daughter Carrie Fisher passed away at age 60. She suffered a stroke. Daughter Carrie Fisher had a heart attack on December 23rd on a flight from London to Los Angeles and died on December 27th in a Los Angeles hospital. The New York Times has reported that Ms Reynolds was planning the funeral of her daughter. Her son Todd Fisher is quoted to have said that the stress of losing her only daughter was “too much” for her. Mr Fisher had stated “She’s now with Carrie, and we’re all heartbroken,” from Cedar Mount-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Ms Reynolds is best known for her role in Singin’ In The Rain (1952) in which she starred opposite actor/dancer Gene Kelly. Ms Reynolds was 19 years old at the time. Mr Kelly taught Ms Reynolds how to dance and the importance of dedication and professionalism. She received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role in musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). Ms Reynolds was born in El Paso, Texas on April 1, 1932 as Mary Frances Reynolds. Her family was poor and moved to Burbank, California when she was 6 years old. Her upbringing was based on her parents Nazarene faith. Throughout her youth she remained poverty and at 16 she acquired a contract with Warner Brothers, with Jack Warner, (who founded Warner Brothers film production company with his siblings) re-naming her Debbie.
Ms Reynolds married Eddie Fisher in 1955. The couple had children Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher. Mr Fisher had a highly publicised affair with actor and close friend Elizabeth Taylor, which led the couple to divorce. Ms Taylor had recently been widowed by the loss of her husband Mike Todd. The two actors reconciled some years later. Ms Reynolds was married to businessman Harry Karl from 1960 to 1973. Her third marriage was to real estate developer Richard Hamlett from 1984 till 1996.
Ms Reynolds appeared in films such as The Daughter Of Rosie O’Grady, The Affairs Of Dobie Gillis, The Singing Nun, Charlotte’s Web, That’s Entertainment!, The Bodyguard and Behind The Candelabra playing matriarch Frances Liberace as well as television with The Golden Girls, Will & Grace, and RuPaul’s Drag Race and her own The Debbie Reynolds Show. Additional Ms Reynolds was a recording artist with her Tammy becoming a gold record and a Billboard number 1 in 1957. She had a decade long residency at Las Vegas’ Riviera Hotel.