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Heartbreaking News: Debbie Reynolds has died

Movie legend Debbie Reynolds died tonight at the age of 84.

The actress fell ill as she was discussing funeral plans for her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday.

‘She wanted to be with Carrie,’ her son Todd Fisher told Variety.

The Singin’ in the Rain star was taken to Cedars-Sinai hospital after complaining of having trouble breathing while at her son’s house in Beverly Hills.

Reynolds had been recovering from three strokes in the past year and was too ill to accept her honorary Academy Award last year.

But she was on hand earlier in 2015 to accept the Screen Actors Guild Lifetime Achievement Award which was presented to her by daughter Carrie.

Carrie Fisher was flying home from London to Los Angeles when she suffered a heart attack just before the plan landed at LAX.

She died Tuesday and Reynolds was reported to be extremely distraught since her daughter fell ill.

Reynolds had been a star for more that 60 years. She went from the classic musical Singin’ in the Rain to a string of well-known films in the 1950s and 60s including Tammy and the Bachelor, The Tender Trap, How the West Was Won, Goodbye Charlie and most famously The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Played Grace’s eccentric mother on Will & Grace

In later years she became best known for her role as the eccentric mother of Debra Messing’s character on TV’s Will & Grace and for her roles in such films as Mother, In & Out and Behind the Candelabra.

In 2014, Reynolds joked to me that after decades of stardom, she became best known after 1977 as Princess Leia’s mother after her daughter was chosen to be one of the stars of the original Star Wars trilogy.

She was happy her daughter has been chosen to revive her character in the new Star Wars movie The Force Awakens.

‘It is most unusual and wonderful,’ she said.

But as a mother, she worried about her daughter’s health and efforts to lose weight for the movie.

‘Carrie has been working extremely hard, classes in exercise and Pilates. She’s working herself to death. They want her to look the same. Listen boys, do you look the same year to year? They aren’t asking Harrison Ford to look this good.’

Postcards From the Edge not Carrie and Debbie

Mother and daughter were very close and lived next door to each other in Los Angeles.

Although they had a period of estrangement when Fisher was in her teens and 20s, their relationship was very different than the one portrayed in the film Postcards From the Edge which was based on Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel of the same name.

In joint interviews and appearances it was clear the two very famous movie icons adored each other.

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  1. As sad as this is for us their something haunting lovely in this final chapter of their very special bond.

  2. This is just so sad. All I can think of is how heartbroken Debbie Reynolds must’ve been when her daughter died. Rest in Peace, mother and daughter. You gave us so much.

  3. Debbie Reynolds spent the last 24 hours of her life grieving for her daughter. This is absolutely heartbreaking. I adored her. R.I.P. dear lady.

  4. I grew up watching Debbie Reynolds movies and TV specials (which were terrific). Although many obstacles were placed in her path on life’s journey, she always remained kind, graceful, very witty, and rose above the fray. Personally, I will miss her very, very much. Even the last role I saw her acting, in Behind the Candelabra, was superb and award-worthy. Rest in peace…and thank you for your legacy on film which will live on forever. You were one of a kind and kind of an end of an era, at least to me.

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