Just one day after the devastating loss of “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, Fisher’s mother and well-known “Singin’ In The Rain” actress Debbie Reynolds has passed away.
According to the New York Times, Reynolds had been with her son discussing Fisher’s funeral plans on Dec. 28 when she suffered a stroke. Her son, Todd Fisher, confirmed her death to news outlet ABC 7 Los Angeles.
Reynolds was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she then passed away at the age of 84.
“She’s now with Carrie, and we’re all heartbroken,” Mr. Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Associated Press reported. He went on to say that the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for Reynolds.
TMZ is claiming to know Reynolds’ last words, and if the loss of this mother-and-daughter combo didn’t already have you crying, this last bit of information surely will.
“I miss her so much. I want to be with Carrie,” were the last words uttered by the actress’ mother near the end.
Clearly, a mother’s love is something that cannot be expressed. But, if this act is any indication as to how powerful it truly is, well, there’s no need for words.
Reynolds and Fisher didn’t always have an easy mother-daughter relationship. They were estranged for about a decade while Fisher was in her 20s and 30s and struggling with bipolar disorder and addiction, but they eventually reconciled and formed a close bond.
“My lowest point in Carrie and my relationship was probably when we discovered that she was ill, or that she had this mental health problem, and that it was going to be with her forever,” Reynolds said during an appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show with Fisher in 2011. “That was very hard. How is she going to get along in life? How can I help her in life? All I could do is love her, and always shall.”
Shortly after her daughter’s death, Reynolds took to Facebook to thank Fisher’s fans for all of their love and support.
“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop,” she wrote.
Last month, before her death, Fisher had spoken to NPR about the strength and extraordinariness of her mother.
“She’s an immensely powerful woman, and I just admire my mother very much,” Fisher said. “She also annoys me sometimes when she’s mad at the nurses, but she’s an extraordinary woman. There’s very few women from her generation who worked like that, who just kept a career going all her life, and raised children, and had horrible relationships, and lost all her money, and got it back again. I mean, she’s had an amazing life, and she’s someone to admire.”
Reynolds grew up in a self-described “poor” family in El Paso, Texas, and later Burbank, California. She is known for her roles in “Singin’ in the Rain,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (for which she earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress), and later as the mother of Debra Messing’s character on “Will & Grace” (which earned her an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series).
Reynolds was married to Eddie Fisher (Carrie’s father) from 1955-59. He left her in 1959 for Reynolds’ best friend, the newly widowed Elizabeth Taylor, in a highly publicized scandal. Reynolds had two more marriages following her first marriage to Fisher, and she told Oprah Winfrey in 2011 that she and Taylor reconciled when they both happened to be passengers aboard the Queen Elizabeth ocean liner in the “late ’60s or early ’70s.”
Reynolds is survived by her son, Todd Fisher, and granddaughter, Billie Lourd.
And now, we can only hope fans will send well wishes to Reynolds as she heads to be with her beloved daughter, Carrie.
Here is a short video that highlights her life and accomplishments:
[h/t: Hello Giggles]