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Debbie Reynolds, mother to Carrie Fisher died from a severe stroke, one day after her daughters death. She was heartbroken from the death of her daughter and according to her son Todd Fisher, while they were both planning the funeral for his sister, she said to him that she was missing Carrie and that she wanted to be with her….30 mins later she had the stroke.
Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932. An amazing singer and dancer, Debbie Reynilds was first discovered by talent scouts from Warner Brothers and MGM at the 1948 Miss Burbank contest. Although she was in two movies beforehand, her main break in Hollywood was in 1950 for the role of Helen Kane in the film Three Little Words. Her performance earnt her a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. But it was her leading role as Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain in 1952 with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, that made Debbie Reynolds a star. Throughout the decades Debbie starred in a string of hit movies along side some of Hollywood’s greatest actors and singers.
Debbie went on have her own television show ‘The Debbie Reynolds Show’, a comedy showing the life of a young couple. Some saw it as reminiscent of Lucille Ball’s show ‘Here’s Lucy’. Debbie owned rights to half of the show and had a two year contract, but after the first series she walked away from the show when she discovered that the adverts screened during the commercial breaks were of the cigarette company, Pall Mall as she was opposed to promoting ill health to others, especially to the many children who watched her show. Although she knew that she had opted out of two million dollars worth of income, she felt it was worth losing the money and keeping her integrity intact.
Debbie had three marriages, but her first marriage to Hollywood singer Eddie Fisher, the father to Carrie and Todd, was the most contraversial when Debbie Reynolds divorced Eddie Fisher after he was caught having an affair with her very good friend Elizabeth Taylor. Many years later in the early 70’s, Taylor and Reynolds reconciled their friendship when they were found to be both on the Queen Mary at the same time.
Debbie became a recording artist and nightclub performer, having an array of Top US Pop chart hits during the late 50’s and early 60’s. After twenty years in show biz, Debbie finally felt it was the right time to hit the stage and ventured into broadway and became a stage hit sensation, performing in a large number of productions during the following decade.
Debbie Reynolds always remained active throughout her years. In 1979, Debbie had her own dance studio in North Hollywood. She released her own aerobics DVD named ‘Do It Debbies Way’. In 1992 she purchased The Clarion Hotel and Casino, but it was not a success and was forced to declare bankruptcy in 1997. Even later in her life, Debbie replaced Ivana Trump In June 2010, replying to reader queries for the weekly paper ‘Globe’.
Debbie Reynolds definitely had a full life of wonderful moments. She was a vigilant and strong willed woman who worked hard for what she had. From a poor family living in a shack on Magnolia Street, in El Paso, to the glitz and glamour and the riches of Hollywood, Debbie Reynolds became one of the legendary performers that we will never, ever see again. She was, and will always be an icon amongst the Hollywood greats of a golden era.