Debbie Reynolds, a star of arguably the best musical ever made, “Singin’ in the Rain,” has died at age 84, according to media reports. Her death Wednesday comes just one day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, died at 60.
“Reynolds … was only thinking about daughter Carrie Fisher in her final moments,” reports People.
“The ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ icon told her son, Todd Fisher, hours before her stroke: ‘I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,’ according to TMZ.
People adds: “Reynolds was at her and Fisher’s Beverly Hills property when she had to be rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke on Wednesday afternoon.”
The Hollywood Reporter notes: “Years earlier, Reynolds suffered heartbreak of another kind when her husband and Carrie’s father, pop singer Eddie Fisher, left her to be with actress Elizabeth Taylor.” Reynolds and Taylor were best friends at the time.
THR adds: “Reynolds was given the prestigious Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in 2015 by the Academy for her charitiable life’s work. She also had a No. 1 single with the sentimental ballad ‘Tammy,’ toplined her own NBC sitcom for a season and was an energetic touring performer on stages and in showrooms for decades.”
THR also notes: “Reynolds received her only Oscar nomination for playing the title role in ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’ (1964), based on the Broadway musical and fictionalized account of the life of a woman who survived the sinking of the Titanic. But Reynolds lost out to Julie Andrews in her debut film, ‘Mary Poppins.’”
Here’s a short video of Reynolds and Fisher together that we found on YouTube. (It was originally shown by CNN in 2010):