Billie Lourd has lost a mother and a grandmother during the holidays. And Debbie Reynolds’ son has lost a sister and a mother. Just when you think this year couldn’t get any worse….
Debbie was at her son Todd Fisher’s house in Beverly Hills, making plans for Carrie’s funeral when she had a stroke. An ambulance took her to the hospital where she later died. Debbie suffered from strokes and her health wasn’t doing that well, and losing her daughter yesterday really broke her heart and was too much for her to take. Todd tells TMZ that just 15 minutes before his mother had a stroke, she said to him, “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”
Debbie was one of the last legends from the golden age of Hollywood. Her first big break was in 1950’s Three Little Words, which led to her really, really big break Singin’ In The Rain. Debbie did a thousand more movies including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tammy and the Bachelor, The Singing Nun, Divorce American Style, Mother, Halloweentown, In & Out, These Old Broads and Behind The Candelabra. She was also the voice of Charlotte in Charlotte’s Web. She was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Molly Brown. The Oscars should just go ahead and add 5 hours to its ceremony, because that’s how long the In Memoriam should be.
Debbie also got a Tony nomination in 1973 for the Broadway revival of Irene. And on TV, she had her own show, The Debbie Reynolds Show, and also played Grace Adler’s mother on Will & Grace and guest starred on the greatest show ever created The Golden Girls.
Debbie is also known for being the original Jennifer Aniston (more like, Jennifer Aniston is Debbie Reynolds 2.0), because her husband Eddie Fisher left her for Elizabeth Taylor. Years later, Debbie said this about that escandalo:
“I felt you can’t make a man leave, you can’t make him do something he doesn’t want to do. He obviously chose to leave, didn’t he? She didn’t lasso him. She was just beautiful Elizabeth Taylor. And he wanted her, and he wanted to be her lover, so he left and he was. He was the selfish one. She just gave him what he wanted.”
Debbie went on to marry two more times.
She is survived by her son Todd Fisher, her granddaughter Billie Lourd and of course, Gary Fisher.
Anybody who read the book Postcards from the Edge or saw the movie probably thought to themselves that as soon as Debbie walked through the gates of heaven, Carrie saw her and said, “MOM! You just couldn’t wait to steal my thunder, could you?!”
Rest in peace, Debbie Reynolds.