Actress and singer Debbie Reynolds dies, one day after daughter's death
Thursday, December 29, 2016
Reynolds' credits include lead roles in films mental health awareness., , and , the last of which earned her an nomination. She worked to preserve history and memorabilia for posterity and, like Carrie Fisher, as an advocate for
Born Mary Francis Reynolds in 1932, she was given the stage name "Debbie" bydirector Jack Warner, which she would later say was done without her permission. She would go on to spend twenty years with . Reynolds received a nomination for her acting in the 1973 revival of Irene. Reynolds' business interests included owning various private museums of film memorabilia as part of her personal Hollywood history preservation project. She would often purchase and hold items such as 's dress from and 's headdress until they could be displayed to the public. More recently, she was nominated for an in 2000 for a recurring role and appeared as the main character's mother in 's . She worked as a voice actress on animated productions such as the children's show and the more adult . She was honored with the 2016 Academy Awards and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the in 2015.
In Reynolds' personal life, her first husband and father of her two children,, very publicly left her for her friend Elizabeth Taylor. She declared bankruptcy in 1997 after a failed casino project.
Carrie Fisher was an actor, author, and mental health advocate best known for acting in the Star Wars film series and for her novel , which had a character inspired by her mother, Reynolds. Fisher was taken ill while flying from London to Los Angeles and died on Tuesday. Fisher and Reynolds did not speak for several years, though this rift was long over by the time of Fisher's death. According to Todd Fisher, he and his mother had been discussing his sister's funeral at his home shortly before the stroke; Reynolds said to him, "I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie."
Reynolds is survived by son Todd Fisher and granddaughter Billie Lourd.
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