As it tends to happen in Hollywood, deaths occur in 3's and now we have another one on our hands after George Michael and Carrie Fisher passed away, but this one holds even more significance as the late Fisher's mother, Debbie Reynolds, has died of a suspected stroke. She was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai hospital from the Beverly Hills home of her son Todd Fisher who told Variety:
She Wanted to be with Carrie.
A child should never die before the parent, and sometimes it can just be too much to handle.
Reynolds and her daughter Fisher had a sometimes tenuous and other times close relationship, but towards the end they seemed to have mended fences. Postcards From The Edge the 1987 novel adapted to film three years later was said to have elements of their relationship, but not fully accurate and more dramatized to create a darker story. In fact, much of Reynold's life was filled with controversy starting with 1958 tabloid scandal when singer Eddie Fisher left her for Elizabeth Taylor. Then later she left her second husband, shoe manufacturer Harry Karl, after he reportedly drained all of their money away with his gambling. Finally, in 1997 Reynolds declared bankruptcy after her hotel & casino closed due to financial issues.
She had quite a lengthy film career, and was probably best known for the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain, she also got an Oscar nomination for The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 1965, and was in The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, The Rat Race, How the West was Won among many others, and had a nice little cameo in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Our thoughts go out to the family as this tragic 24 hour period is heartbreaking.