Just a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died, Oscar nominated singing and acting legend Debbie Reynolds has also passed away at the age of 84. Reynolds suffered a stroke whilst at her daughter’s Beverly Hills house and died at Cedars-Sinai hospital.
Reynolds combined a wholesome girl-next-door with a no-nonsense and vivacious life-embracing attitude, she was the epitome of the ‘pert and sassy girl’ and brought life to any room – which sometimes led to a tempestuous relationship with her daughter. Fisher’s novel and subsequent film adaptation “Postcards from the Edge” was said to be the thinly veiled roman a clef for their relationship, but Reynolds dismissed those claims.
Reynolds was one of MGM’s principal stars of the 1950s and 1960s in such films as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. Her work includes “Heaven and Earth,” “The Bodyguard,” “In and Out,” “Tammy,” “Mr. Imperium,” “The Catered Affair,” “Two Weeks With Love,” “How the West Was Won,” “The Rat Race” and voice work for “Kiki’s Delivery Service” and the original “Charlotte’s Web”. Her more recent work has been on TV such as an acclaimed turn in “Behind the Candelabra” and an Emmy nominated recurring role on “Will and Grace”.
She was also a great philanthropist, preserving Hollywood heritage and spent over six decades working the Thalians group on mental health issues. Reynolds is survived by her son Todd and granddaughter Billie Lourd.