Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds Dies at 84, One Day After Her Daughter’s Death

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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.

 

Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, including "Singin' in the Rain," died on Wednesday, her son said, just one day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated singer-actress, was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital earlier on Wednesday.

Debbie Reynolds foreshadowed her own death just hours before a stroke claimed her life, revealing her desire to be reunited with her daughter.

Reynolds died on Thursday aged 84, just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher’s death.

“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his mother was taken by ambulance.

He said the stress of his sister’s death on Tuesday “was too much” for Reynolds.

“She spoke to me this morning and said she missed Carrie.”

Ms. Reynolds’s career peak may have been her best-actress Academy Award nomination for playing the title role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964), a rags-to-riches western musical based on a true story.

Her best-remembered film is probably “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), the classic MGM musical about 1920s moviemaking, in which she held her own with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, although she was only 19 when the movie was shot and had never danced professionally before. Her fans may cherish her sentimental good-girl portrayals, like the title role in “Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957), in which she played a Louisiana moonshiner’s wide-eyed granddaughter who spouted folksy wisdom.

Her greatest fame, however, may have come not from any movie role but from the Hollywood scandal involving her husband Eddie Fisher and her close friend, the femme-fatale film star Elizabeth Taylor. The couple divorced in 1959 and Reynolds married twice more. However, she seemed not to be happy in her marriages:

“My three husbands all left me for another woman and obviously I wasn’t a very sexual lady,” Reynolds tells The Express. “My husbands all repeatedly said the same thing, that I was not a very passionate woman.”

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