Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds died on Wednesday a day after the death of her daughter, telling family before a suspected stroke: ‘I want to be with Carrie’.
The 84-year-old was rushed from her son Todd’s Beverly Hills home at around 1pm after falling ill while planning her daughter’s funeral.
From Daily Mail
She died in hospital hours later.
Todd Fisher revealed on Wednesday evening how his mother had been shattered with grief since his sister’s death the previous day.
On the morning of her death, she told him: ‘I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie,’ according to TMZ.
Carrie Fisher, 60, died on Tuesday from complications which stemmed from a heart attack she suffered on Christmas Eve while flying to Los Angeles from London.
On Wednesday, Todd Fisher said he was ‘heartbroken’ by their back-to-back deaths. ‘She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,’ he said.
While Fisher had made no funeral provisions, Reynolds knew ‘exactly’ what she wanted, her son previously said.
Speaking before her death, he told New York Daily News that his famous mother had already chosen out where she would be buried and that they owned a family plot.
All of his sister’s estate would be handed over to her only daughter, Billie Lourd, he said.
At the time of their deaths, Reynolds and her daughter enjoyed a happy, close relationship after years of estrangement.
They did not speak for 10 years when Fisher was a young adult and battling drug addiction. She would later tell how she ‘didn’t want to be Debbie Reynolds daughter’, and was haunted by the daunting legacy of her Hollywood legend parents.
Reynolds already boasted a dazzling film career by the time she gave birth to Fisher in 1956.
Most adored for her role in the 1952 classic Singin’ In The Rain, she was among a prestigious crop of actresses who became known the world over for their beauty and on-camera charm.
Her career was kick started by a beauty pageant in Burbank, California, which she won at the age of 16 in 1948.
The daughter of a carpenter from El Paso, Texas, she was born as Mary Frances Reynolds but changed her name after her first taste of stardom.
After winning the contest, she signed her first contract with Warner Bros and later joined MGM which marked the start of an extraordinary film and television career spanning almost 60 years.
Singin’ In The Rain was the first of many collaborations she would go on to have with the world’s leading male actors.
Unable to dance before securing the role of Kathy Selden, she took cues from Gene Kelly, a ‘taskmaster’ she later said ‘worked her toenails to the ground’.
Reynolds went on to land dozens of other stellar roles in films including The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Tammy and The Bachelor, Goodbye Charlie and The Pleasure of his Company in which she starred alongside Fred Astaire.
Her experience with men rivaled any of her on-screen dealings for drama and heartache.
In 1955, she married singer Eddie Fisher and the pair were celebrated as America’s sweethearts.
They welcomed Carrie a year later and Todd the year after that, both thriving in their careers and carrying unrivaled joint celebrity pedigree.
In 1959 however, Fisher publicly humiliated his bride when he abandoned her for one of her closest friends and by that time the world’s most recognizable sex symbol, Elizabeth Taylor.
Taylor, who had been married to Fisher’s best friend Michael Todd, was devastated when the former suddenly died in a plane crash.
Reynolds encouraged her husband to look after her but the pair quickly began an affair.
In her memoirs, Carrie Fisher joked how her father progressed from his role as comforter to lover.
‘(He) flew to Elizabeth’s side, making his way slowly to her front.
‘He first dried her eyes with his handkerchief, then he consoled her with flowers, and he ultimately consoled her with his penis.’
Within hours of his divorce from Reynolds, Fisher married Taylor.
They remained together for five years before Taylor left Fisher for Richard Burton in 1964.
Despite the remarkable betrayal, Reynolds forgave Taylor and remained her friend until her 2011 death.
Fisher, who later married and divorced actress Connie Stevens, died in 2010.
During their early childhood, Reynolds often brought Todd and Carrie with her to film sets.
She continued to work after the breakdown of her first marriage and in 1964 was nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for her role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
Read Full Story At Daily Mail