2016 has been such a sad year! We’ve lost so many beloved celebrities and I am sad to be writing about yet another one….Debbie Reynolds. Just a day after the death of her beloved daughter, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds passed away due to complications caused by stroke and a possible broken heart on December 28, 2016. The actress and mother was 84 years old.
Debbie Reynolds was one of the long reigning queens of Hollywood Royalty. She appeared in every form of entertainment from movies and television, to Broadway and music. In 1969, she starred in her own television show, called The Debbie Reynolds Show, which earned her a Golden Globe Nomination. She starred in the revival of Irene on Broadway in 1963, which earned her much praise both on the stages of New York and in the US World Tour. She reached younger generations of fangirls in Disney’s recent movie series, Halloweentown, playing the role of Aggie Cromwell. This series has traditionally aired on Disney Channel every October since the early 2000s.
Reynold’s most acclaimed role was most likely Kathy Seldon in Singin’ in the Rain, which was released in 1952. The film is a satire on Hollywood’s transitions from silent pictures to sound films. She co-starred with Gene Kelly at just 19 years old. One of her most famous musical numbers from the film, “Good Morning”, is attached below.
Reynold’s most important role in her career was ultimately being a mother. She was very dedicated to her children, Carrie and Todd Fisher.
Debbie’s son, Todd, stated that Debbie’s last words before passing away were that “I miss Carrie so much. I just want to be with her.” I’m sure that mother and daughter have since been reunited in Heaven, and I speak for all of Fangirl Nation when we wish Carrie and Debbie nothing but peace. Our sincerest condolences go out to their family. Reynolds is survived by her son, Todd, and her granddaughter, Billie Lourd.