Actress Debbie Reynolds, mother of Carrie Fisher, dead at 84

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By: Associated Press
December 28, 2016

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Actress Debbie Reynolds, the star of the 1952 classic "Singin' in the Rain," has died. She was 84.

Her son, Todd Fisher, said Reynolds died Wednesday, a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who was 60.

"She's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken," Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his mother was taken by ambulance earlier Wednesday.

He said the stress of his sister's death "was too much" for Reynolds.

Reynolds was not yet 20 when she won a starring role in the Gene Kelly musical "Singin' in the Rain." She was also known for her Oscar-nominated role in another musical, "The Unsinkable Molly Brown."

Her messy divorce from singer Eddie Fisher, who left her for Elizabeth Taylor, made headlines in the late 1950s.

By: CBS News
December 28, 2016

Actress Debbie Reynolds, 84, was rushed to the hospital Wednesday for an unknown medical condition, according to multiple reports.

The medical emergency came just one day after the death of her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher.

CBS Los Angeles reports that the fire department treated a female patient at an address associated with Reynolds’ children, and took her to the hospital. KNX 1070’s Claudia Peschiutta cited “sources” who confirmed Reynolds was hospitalized.

Sources told the Los Angeles Times that Reynolds had fallen ill; a spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department said a woman had been hospitalized from that address in fair to serious condition.

Reynolds issued a public statement Tuesday about the death of her daughter, writing on Facebook that she wanted to thank everyone “who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.” She signed the statement “love Carries Mother.”

Reynolds was considered “America’s Sweetheart” in the 1950s and ‘60s, starring in “Singin’ in the Rain” at age 19, opposite Gene Kelly. Her marriage to Eddie Fisher was well-chronicled -- and its breakup, in 1958, due to his affair with Elizabeth Taylor, was a top news item.

She starred in her own sitcom, “The Debbie Reynolds Show” in 1969, although it lasted just one season. Her second and third marriages, both of which ended in divorce, also made headlines.

In addition to her daughter, Reynolds is also the mother to Todd Fisher, 58, and grandmother to actress Billie Lourd.

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