On Heels of Her Daughter, Debbie Reynolds Dead at 84

She was 84, suffered apparent stroke after daughter's death
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2016 4:16 PM CST
Updated Dec 28, 2016 7:49 PM CST
Debbie Reynolds, winner of the Screen Actors Guild lifetime award, left, and Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium on Sunday, Jan....   (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
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(Newser) – One more tragedy: Legendary actress Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday at age 84, just after the death of daughter Carrie Fisher. "She wanted to be with Carrie," son Todd Fisher tells Variety. While planning her daughter's funeral, Reynolds was rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke, sources tell TMZ. Reynolds was at Todd Fisher's home when someone called 911. On Tuesday, Reynolds had posted on Facebook, "Thank you to 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. Love Carries Mother."

Reynolds was a giant star with MGM well before her daughter's Star Wars fame, starring in movies such as Singin' in the Rain (1952) and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (1964). She also had the misfortune of being at the center of one of the biggest Hollywood scandals of her day when husband Eddie Fisher left her for Elizabeth Taylor. She had what People calls a "classic Hollywood discovery story": A talent scout from Warner Bros. spotted her at the Miss Burbank beauty pageant when she was all of 16 and signed her to a contract. (Read more Carrie Fisher stories.)

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