Actress Debbie Reynolds, mother of the late Carrie Fisher, died today after suffering a stroke, according to TMZ, who learned the news from Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher. She was 84.
TMZ reports that Todd Fisher and his mother were at his Beverly Hills home this afternoon making funeral arrangements for his sister when Reynolds fell ill and was taken to the hospital.
Reynolds’ death comes just one day after the passing of her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who died yesterday at 60 years old. While on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016, Fisher had gone into cardiac arrest and reportedly stopped breathing, and had been in the hospital ICU in the days before her death.
Todd Fisher told TMZ of his mother’s passing: “She’s with Carrie.”
Reynolds had posted to her personal Facebook page yesterday after her daughter’s passing:
Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother
A legendary actress, singer, and performer, Reynolds was best known for her singing and dancing role in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain, as well as 1964’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown, which earned her an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In the late 1990s, Reynolds had a popular reoccurring role on TV’s Will & Grace as Bobbi Adler, Grace’s entertainer mother who created the family’s mocking “Told you so” dance.
In 1955, the El Paso, TX native married singer Eddie Fisher and went on to have two children with him, Carrie (1956) and Todd (1958). The marriage famously ended in scandal and divorce after Fisher had an affair with actress Elizabeth Taylor, whom he later married and divorced. Reynolds went on to marry and divorce twice more.
Her daughter’s semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From The Edge and its subsequent movie adaptation fictionalized and exaggerated their mother-daughter Hollywood relationship. The 2016 documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, which premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, explored their mother-daughter relationship further, and is set to premiere on HBO in March 2017.
Reynolds is survived by her son, Todd, and her granddaughter, Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter and star of the FOX TV series Scream Queens.
Update: TMZ is reporting now that family members told them that Reynolds had suffered several strokes this year and that her health was failing. Also, a mere 15 minutes before she had the stroke today, she told her son Todd “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.” Family sources told TMZ that they believe that Fisher’s death was too much for Reynolds to bear.
RIP Debbie Reynolds
April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016