Hollywood was shocked on December 28, 2016, by the sudden death of legendary actress Debbie Reynolds at age 84. She suffered a stroke just one day after her daughter, actress and writer Carrie Fisher, died at age 60 following a heart attack. “She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” said Reynolds’s son Todd Fisher as reported by the Associated Press.
Reynolds was a Hollywood star since she was a teenager, earning a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer for “Three Little Words” (1950) when she was 18. She was still working late in life, appearing as Liberace‘s mother Frances in the Emmy winning TV movie “Behind the Candelabra” (2013). See our gallery above for more of her most memorable roles.
Reynolds earned just one competitive Oscar nomination in her career, Best Actress for the 1964 musical “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” but the motion picture academy later presented her the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2015. She also made an impact on the small screen, earning a 2000 Emmy nomination for Best Comedy Guest Actress for playing Debra Messing‘s meddling mother in the sitcom “Will and Grace.” And in 2015 she received the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award.
Our forum posters are reacting to the dual tragedies of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher’s deaths. Read some of their comments below, and share your own memories of the celebrated mother-daughter actresses.
Rich Landry: “My heart continues to break … what a performer … what a life.”
BenitoDelicias: “This is ridiculous, 2016 is a mess right until the very end … Very sorry for these families. Not to mention the fact that Carrie was doing so many things including more ‘Star Wars’ and Debbie was still going strong.”
Jake: “Those two losses, daughter and mother, day after day … Just unbelievable. Very sad.”
Roney Moore: “Rest In Peace.Just goes to show you how powerful the connection she had with her daughter.”