Iconic Starlet Debbie Reynolds Dies One Day After Her Daughter Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds, iconic 1950s movie star and mother to Carrie Fisher, died last night, just one day after her daughter’s death.
The timing does not seem to be accidental.
Debbie’s son and Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher confirmed to TMZ that fifteen minutes before having the stroke that ended her life, Debbie Reynolds turned to her son and said, “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”
At the time, Debbie and Todd were discussing plans for Carrie’s funeral.
Even if you don’t know Debbie Reynolds by name, chances are you’ve seen her in the movies — or at least heard her voice.
She was the female lead in Singing In the Rain, and the voice of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web.
And just like her daughter, Debbie Reynolds survived a public scandal or two in her day, like the time her husband Eddie Fisher cheated on her with one of the biggest bombshells of the time, Elizabeth Taylor — or, as Carrie Fisher put it in her autobiography, “He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis. This made marriage to my mother awkward.”
But Debbie Reynolds wasn’t just tabloid fodder and she wasn’t just the woman who gave us Princess Lea, she was a badass in her own way.
Even in the 1950s and 60s, when women were expected to stay home with the kids and smoke themselves into a nervous breakdown while their husbands got to have all the fun, Debbie Reynolds did her own thing and had a career.
“I’ve always been a good mother,” Debbie told People, “but I’ve always been in show business, and I’ve been on stage and I don’t bake cookies and I don’t stay home.”
Not to be crass, but she was goals before we know being goals was a thing.