Magazine article Screen International

Debbie Reynolds Dies Day after Her Daughter Carrie Fisher

Magazine article Screen International

Debbie Reynolds Dies Day after Her Daughter Carrie Fisher

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Reynolds, an enduring and vivacious presence in Hollywood who made her name in MGM musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s, was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Wednesday after reportedly suffering a stroke. She died later in the day.

Her passing so soon after her daughter's death on Tuesday following a heart attack on a plane is the latest devastating blow to their family.

Reynolds' son Todd Fisher confirmed the news to AP, as he had kept the press apprised of his late sister's progress in hospital several days ago.

"She's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken," Fisher said, adding that Fisher's death had taken its toll on his mother. He told reporters that minutes before her stroke, Reynolds had said how much she wanted to be with her daughter again.

Reynolds was born in 1932 in Texas and became a beauty queen at the age of 16 before launching into acting.

Singin' In The Rain was her breakout role in 1952 opposite Gene Kelly at the age of 19, but it was her performance in The Unsinkable Molly Brown 12 years later that garnered her an Academy Award nomination.

Her film roles included The Catered Affair, Divorce American Style and Mother among many others and there were notable TV appearances on Will & Grace, for which she earned an Emmy nod, and Roseanne.

Reynolds received the Screen Actors Guild's lifetime achievement award in 2015 and earlier this year she was presented with the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. …

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