Singin’ in the Rain actress Debbie Reynolds has died after suffering a suspected stroke, just a day after her Star Wars actress daughter Carrie Fisher passed away. Ms Reynolds’ last words were: “I want to be with Carrie”.
The 84 year old had been at her son Todd’s Beverly Hills property yesterday afternoon, talking about funeral arrangements for her daughter when she took ill. She was rushed straight to hospital but died just a few hours later.
Mr Fisher said his mother had been absolutely broken by grief after losing her daughter. He revealed that on the morning before she suffered a stroke, she said: “I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”
Ms Fisher, 60, died on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack while onboard a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles. Mr Fisher said he was heartbroken after losing his sister and mother in such a short space of time. He had already revealed that Ms Reynolds had already chosen where she would like to be buried, and that they owned a family plot.
While Ms Reynolds and Ms Fisher had previously had a turbulent relationship, particularly when Ms Fisher was struggling with drug addiction, they have become very close again in recent years.
Ms Reynolds was best known for her role in the 1952 movie Singin’ in the Rain, which she starred in, along with Gene Kelly. She had been unable to dance before securing the part, but said she worked her toenails to the ground to make sure she was up to the task.
Her career first began in a beauty pageant in Burbank, California, which she won when she was just 16. The daughter of a Texan carpenter, she then signed with Warner Bros, before moving to MGM, where she enjoyed a glittering career on the small and big screen.