Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – 5:59 PM
(CNS) – One day after the death of her famous daughter Carrie Fisher, actress Debbie Reynolds — perhaps best remembered for portraying aspiring Hollywood starlet Kathy Selden in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain” — died Wednesday at age 84.
“She wanted to be with Carrie,” Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher told Variety.
Reynolds suffered a medical emergency, possibly a stroke, earlier Wednesday while she was at her son’s home in the Hollywood Hills. She was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where she later died.
Without identifying the patient, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart confirmed earlier that paramedics were sent around 1 p.m. to a home in the 1700 block of North Coldwater Canyon Drive in response to a female patient suffering a medical emergency.
A short time later, actress Joely Fisher, Reynolds’ step-daughter and Todd Fisher’s half-sister, posted a photo of herself and Reynolds on Twitter, with the message, “God speed mama.”
Reynolds’ death came one day after the death of her daughter, “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher. Fisher, 60, never recovered after suffering cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday.
A Texas native, Reynolds grabbed the attention of talent scouts when she entered a Miss Burbank contest at age 16.
She earned her first screen credit in “Three Little Words,” starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton. She followed that performance with “Two Weeks with Love,” featuring the hit song “Aba Daba Honeymoon.” That led to her casting as Kathy Selden, a young dancer looking to make it big in Hollywood, opposite Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.” The role made her a star.
She went on to perform in dozens more films, including “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” which earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. She also appeared in “How the West Was Won,” “The Pleasure of His Company,” “Divorce American Style” and “The Catered Affair.”
She also received Golden Globe nominations for “Three Little Words,” “Bundle of Joy” and “Mother.” She was nominated for her TV work on “The Debbie Reynolds Show.”
Reynolds most recently appeared in the award winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” portraying Liberace’s mother.
Reynolds received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in January 2015. The honor was presented to her by Carrie Fisher, who will be forever remembered for her “Star Wars” role as Princess Leia.
“My favorite movie was Singin’ in the Rain,’ and I had a good time making that picture, wearing myself out,” Reynolds said at the ceremony. “Of course I had a wonderful hairdo in that picture. … I had a bun. At the back of my head I had a big bun, an ugly bun at the back of my head. So I warned my daughter, Carrie, who had just (received) a part in a picture, Princess Leia in `Star Wars.’ I said, `Carrie, be careful of any weird hairdos.’ So luckily George (Lucas) gave her two buns. Thank you, George.”
Updated: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – 5:58 PM
(CNS) Citing her son Todd, TMZ is reporting that actress Debbie Reynolds
has died as a result of a stroke.
Reynolds lived in her daughter’s Coldwater Canyon home. She was with her son, Todd Fisher, following the passing of daughter Carrie.
Reports say Reynolds began to complain of shortness of breath and was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
In Beverly Hills, many remember Reynolds as a Girl Scout Troop leader at El Rodeo, where her children Carrie and Todd Fisher attended school. She was also very active in the school, producing countless musical events with the students.
The two women were true Beverly Hills legends, suffering countless ups and downs in a very public fishbowl, with dignity and grace.
Posted: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 – 2:16 PM
TMZ.com is reporting that actress Debbie Reynolds — the mother of Carrie Fisher, who died Tuesday — has been taken to a hospital, possibly after suffering a stroke.
The Los Angeles Fire Department is unable to confirm the report, but a spokeswoman says an ambulance crew responded to a home in the 1700 block of North Coldwater Canyon Drive in the Hollywood Hills shortly after 1 p.m. and tended to a female patient for a “medical emergency.”
The patient was taken to a hospital.