Reynolds Once Worried She Wouldn't 'Survive' Losing Carrie

Meanwhile, a new documentary on the mother and daughter is set to air next year
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 30, 2016 9:52 AM CST

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds filmed a final love story before their deaths: their own. HBO's Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is "about both of them trying to stand upright, both having their frailties—age on the one hand, and mental illness on the other," HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins tells Variety, per E! News. "It's a love story about a mother and daughter." And Reynolds herself once seemed to predict this tragic ending to the story: In her 2013 autobiography Unsinkable, she wrote of her worry that Fisher might succumb to her "demons," People reports. "It’s not natural to outlive your child. This has always been my greatest fear," she wrote. "I don’t know if I could survive that." The upcoming documentary on the pair premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and is set to air early next year. (Here are some specials airing this weekend if you don't want to wait.)

Reynolds' son Todd Fisher, who Thursday tweeted a touching drawing imagining his mother and sister reuniting in heaven and called their relationship "a beautiful love story to witness in my 58 years," visited the "legendary" Hollywood Forever Cemetery near Paramount Studios with other family members Thursday, TMZ reports. Reynolds has a family plot at that cemetery, where other celebrities including George Harrison, Douglas Fairbanks, and Cecil B. DeMille are buried, and the gossip site earlier reported that the family is considering a joint funeral for both mother and daughter. TMZ also reports that it could be a while before Fisher's cause of death is determined: The LA County Coroner had asked the family for permission to perform an autopsy and the family "expressed concerns," though TMZ doesn't know more than that (sometimes autopsies are declined for religious reasons). Then, when Reynolds died, everything got thrown into limbo and it's not clear how the coroner will proceed. (More HBO stories.)

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