One day after we lost Carrie Fisher far too early, her mother Debbie Reynolds, a notable star from the Golden Age of Hollywood, succumbed to a stroke.
According to Reynold’s son and Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher, the stroke was brought on by grief and despair while Reynolds was planning the funeral of her daughter. “She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” he told the press. The mother and daughter had a close if occasionally fractious relationship, one that fictionalized in Fishers novel and the film adaptation, Postcards from the Edge.
Reynolds is best known to her generation as the tap dancing golden girl from movie musical sensation Singin in the Rain (a major influence on this winter’s La La Land) and the girl next door who got jilted by Eddie Fisher for Elizabeth Taylor — before Taylor jilted him for Richard Burton several years later.
To kids of the 1970s and 1980s though, Reynolds was the voice of Charlotte from the beautiful, heartbreaking animated film Charlotte’s Web.