“She has been more than a mother to me — not much, but definitely more,” said Carrie Fisher with her signature irreverence when presenting the SAG Lifetime Achievement Award to her mother Debbie Reynolds in 2015 (watch above). Fisher died on December 27, 2016, at the age of 60 following a heart attack the previous week, and compounding the tragedy Reynolds died at age 84 the very next day, December 28, after a suspected stroke.
Fisher added that her mother raised millions of dollars for mental health, “and $4.5 million of that money is allocated just for me … This is an extraordinarily kind, generous, gifted, funny woman who would give you the shirt off her back if Vivien Leigh hadn’t once worn it in ‘Gone with the Wind.'”
Reynolds was equally quick with a quip when she accepted the honor, remembering the “ugly bun” she wore in the classic musical “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952): “So I warned my daughter Carrie who had just gotten a part in a picture, Princess Leia in ‘Star Wars’ — I said, ‘Carrie, be careful of any weird hairdos.’ So luckily [George Lucas] gave her two buns. Thank you, George.”
The legendary actress also reminisced about her Oscar nominated performance as the title character in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964). “I got to sing a wonderful song called ‘I Ain’t Down Yet,'” she said. “Well, I ain’t. Thank you all very much.”