Will & Grace star Debra Messing mourns the loss of TV mom Debbie Reynolds
Debra Messing has paid a lovely, heartfelt tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds who played her zany and eccentric mother on Will & Grace.
Reynolds, 84, died a day after the death of her beloved daughter Carrie Fisher who was 60 and had a heart attack.
‘Debbie went to be with Carrie,’ Messing wrote in a touching Instagram post.
‘She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again. My heart is literally broken.’
Reynolds is best known for her iconic movie roles such films as in Singin’ In the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown in the 1950s and 60s.
But in later years she gained new fans for her hilarious portrayal of the outrageous Bobbi Adler who would famously do the ‘I told you so’ dance that would drive her insecure daughter mad.
‘For 8 years she was my mom,’ Messing wrote.
‘She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful- a consummate pro- old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer.’
Reynolds’ work ethic was legendary and into her 80s she juggled her sitcom and other television and movie work with live stage performances around the US.
‘She was always running off to Vegas or somewhere else “on the road” to be a hoofer, to sing and dance and make people laugh,’ Messing wrote.
‘She performed 340 days out of the year. An inspiration on every level. A Legend of course, the epitome of clean cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.
‘A devoted mother and grandmother, and aunt and great aunt, and friend. I lost my mom a few years ago. She loved that Debbie was my TV mom.’