The mother of Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds, has died a day after her daughter. She was 84.
Mrs Reynolds was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre where she passed away a few hours later. No cause of death has been made public.
Debbie Reynolds often had a strained relationship with her daughter Carrie Fisher, and there were long periods where mother and daughter were at odds with one another for almost a decade. This theme is often found in Carrie Fisher’s writings. Later in life, the two of them became allies and confidants in their struggles.
In a 2011 interview with Oprah Winfrey, she said, “There have been a few times when I thought I was going to lose Carrie. I’ve had to walk through a lot of my tears. But she’s worth it.”
It is fair to say that Debbie Reynolds summed up post war America and has been described as “sunshine on screen.” She broke into stardom by appearing opposite Gene Kelly in the classic “Singing in the Rain” in 1952.
She said of the experience, “Gene Kelly was hard on me, but I think he had to be. I had to learn everything in three to six months. Donald O’Connor had been dancing since he was three months old, Gene Kelly since he was 2 years old.”
In 1955 she married Fisher’s father, Eddie Reynolds, a singer with an army of fans. The couple would make a film, “Bundle of Joy”, which for many mirrored the birth of Carrie Fisher.
Their second child, Todd, was named after Elizabeth’s Taylor husband Mike Todd a close friend of the family. When he died in 1958 Eddie Fisher consoled Elizabeth Taylor and eventually left his family to be with her.
Debbie Reynolds won sympathy with the public and her film career became more successful, while Eddie Fisher’s career dwindled.
After working with some of the greats of the screen such as Tony Curtis, Glenn Ford, and Fred Astaire, receiving nominations for various awards. Sadly, her life outside of work was hard. Reynolds married twice more, and both husbands seemed to be in it for her money. She filed for bankruptcy in the late 90s.
After making TV appearances she won an honorary Oscar in 2015.