By Travis Martin
Debbie Reynolds, an actress, singer, businesswoman, and the mother of Carrie Fisher, has died today on December 28, 2016 a day after Fisher’s passing. She was 84 years old. Her death was revealed by Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, to the Associative Press. Reynolds’ death was supposedly caused by a stroke while planning for her late daughter’s funeral.
Born April 1, 1932, Reynolds had been a staple in Hollywood for more than 70 years. Her first film role, and her most famous, came at the age of 19 for 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain” as stage actress Kathy Selden. She would go on to star in other notable film projects such as “Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957), and being nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress in the Molly Brown biopic “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Reynolds had also produced a pop album titled Debbie and even had her own TV show, “The Debbie Reynolds Show,“ from 1969 to 1970. She had been featured on Broadway numerous times, including a 1973 revival of “Irene” with her daughter Carrie for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She was also nominated for an Emmy for the show “Will and Grace,“ portraying Grace’s mother. She also owns numerous hotels in Las Vegas and has auctioned her own memorabilia.
In 1955, Reynolds got married to singer Eddie Fisher, where she conceived both Carrie and Todd Fisher. However, the marriage would end in 1959 after Fisher left Reynolds for her friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, causing a huge scandal. Reynolds would marry two other times, first to millionaire Harry Karl (1960-1973) and then to real estate developer Richard Hamlett (1984-1996).
Reynolds ran a foundation called The Thalians, dedicated to mental health issues. Reynolds was also in “Behind the Candelabra,” portraying the mother of Liberace (Michael Douglas). She was set to appear with Carrie in the HBO documentary “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds“ and was also set to receive the 2016 Academy Awards Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Besides her son Todd, Reynolds is also survived by her granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd.