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Actress-Singer Debbie Reynolds, with Baby Daughter Carrie Fisher, 1956

Actress-Singer Debbie Reynolds, with Baby Daughter Carrie Fisher, 1956

After suffering a massive heart attack while on a flight from London just days before Christmas 2016, American actress and writer Carrie Fisher passed away in Los Angeles. She died on December 27, 2016 while in the intensive care unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. It was reported that Fisher had experienced cardiac arrest complications.

One day after Fisher's death, on December 28, 2016, her mother, "America's Sweetheart" actress, singer, and dancer Debbie Reynolds, suffered a stroke at son Todd Fisher's home and died later in the day. The veteran actress had been under tremendous stress planning her daughter's funeral. There are those who believe Reynolds died of "broken heart syndrome" as a result of Carrie's unexpected death. Carrie was her first-born child, and they had been very close.

May they both rest in peace.

Bio on the legendary Reynolds, via Wikipedia:
Mary Frances "Debbie" Reynolds (April 1, 1932 – December 28, 2016) was an American actress, singer, businesswoman, film historian, and humanitarian. Her breakout role was the portrayal of Helen Kane in the 1950 film "Three Little Words," for which she was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Most Promising Newcomer.
 
However, it was her first leading role in 1952 at age 19, as Kathy Selden in "Singin' in the Rain," that set her on the path to fame. By the mid-1950s, she was a major star. Other notable successes include "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis" (1953), "Susan Slept Here" (1954), "Bundle of Joy" (1956 Golden Globe nomination), "The Catered Affair" (1956 National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress Winner), and "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957), in which her performance of the song "Tammy" reached number one on the music charts. In 1959, she released her first pop music album, entitled "Debbie."
 
She starred in "How the West Was Won" (1963), and "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964), a biographical film about the famously boisterous Molly Brown. Her performance as Brown earned her a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress. Her other notable films include "The Singing Nun" (1966), "Divorce American Style" (1967), "What's the Matter with Helen?" (1971), "Mother" (1996 Golden Globe nomination), and "In & Out" (1997). Reynolds was also a noted cabaret performer. In 1979, she founded the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today.
 
In 1969, she starred in her own television show "The Debbie Reynolds Show," for which she received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1973, Reynolds starred in a Broadway revival of the musical "Irene" and was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Lead Actress in a Musical.She was also nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for her performance in "A Gift of Love" (1999) and an Emmy Award for playing Grace's mother Bobbi on "Will & Grace." At the turn of the millennium, Reynolds reached a new younger generation with her role as Aggie Cromwell in Disney's "Halloweentown" series. In 1988, she released her autobiography titled, "Debbie: My Life." In 2013, she released an updated version, titled "Unsinkable: A Memoir."
 
Reynolds was a noted businesswoman, having operated her own hotel in Las Vegas. She was also a collector of film memorabilia, beginning with items purchased at the landmark 1970 MGM auction. She was the former president of The Thalians, an organization dedicated to mental health causes. Reynolds continued to perform successfully on stage, television, and film into her eighties.


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