Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds suffers suspected stroke: Reports

Carrie Fisher's mother Debbie Reynolds suffers suspected stroke: Reports
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LOS ANGELES - Debbie Reynolds, a leading lady in Hollywood musicals and comedies in the 1950s and 1960s including Singin' In The Rain was rushed to a hospital on Wednesday (Dec 28), according to media reports, a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher.

Reynolds, 84, was at her son Todd Fisher's home in Beverly Hills, California, discussing funeral arrangements for Fisher, who died on Tuesday (Dec 27), TMZ reported. Someone in the house called 911 shortly after 1 pm local time.

E! News said Reynolds was transported in fair to serious condition. TMZ reported that she had a possible stroke.

People magazine reported that the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to a request for medical aid at Todd Fisher's address and transported a woman in fair to serious condition to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The hospital would not confirm Reynolds was there.

Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher dies aged 60

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    Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died on Tuesday (Dec 27), her daughter said through a family spokesman.

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    Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, who died in 2010, had been in England shooting the third season of the British sitcom Catastrophe. She suffered a heart attack during a flight on Friday from London to Los Angeles. She was met by paramedics and rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

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    Fisher started her showbiz life in 1989 hit film When Harry Met Sally, as a memorable supporting role. Summing up the showbiz legacy she expected to leave behind in her 2011 memoir "Shockaholic," Fisher wrote in self-deprecating style: "What you'll have of me after I journey to that great Death Star in the sky is an extremely accomplished daughter, a few books, and a picture of a stern-looking girl wearing some kind of metal bikini lounging on a giant drooling squid, behind a newscaster informing you of the passing of Princess Leia after a long battle with her head."

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    But her life was also mired at times in substance abuse, mental illness and tumultuous romances with other entertainment figures, all of which he laid bare in her books, interviews and a one-woman stage show titled "Wishful Drinking."

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    Fisher's friend and former Star Wars' co-star Mark Hamill said in a tweet: "No words. #Devastated"

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    Her death came a month after the actress and author made headlines by disclosing that she had a three-month love affair with her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford (extreme right) 40 years ago.

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    "It was so intense," Fisher told People. "It was Han and Leia during the week, and Carrie and Harrison during the weekend."

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    Shortly after news of her death was made public, her dog Gary, who has his own Twitter account, said goodbye: "Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher."

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    Fisher wrote her bestselling novel, Postcards from the Edge, about a drug-abusing actress forced to move back in with her mother. She later adapted the book into a film that starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.

Representatives for Reynolds did not returns calls for comment.

One of the most enduring and endearing Hollywood stars of her time, Reynolds received a best actress Academy Award nomination for the 1964 musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown.

Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the Star Wars films and later battled through drug addiction before going on to tell her story as a best-selling author, died on Tuesday at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack last Friday (Dec 23).

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After Fisher's death, Reynolds said 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."

Reynolds had been in frail health in the past year, and she missed a dinner in November 2015 to receive an honorary Oscar. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said at the time that she was unable to attend because of "an unexpectedly long recovery from recent surgery".

The nature of her illness was not disclosed. Fisher told reporters in May 2016 that her mother was "doing really well."

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