Carrie Fisher's mum Debbie Reynolds dead at 84

Carrie Fisher's mum Debbie Reynolds dead at 84
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Los Angeles - Film legend Debbie Reynolds, best known for classic musical "Singin' in the Rain" died Wednesday after suffering a stroke, a day after the death of her movie star daughter Carrie Fisher, US media reported.

The 84-year-old had been rushed to hospital in "fair to serious condition," paramedics told AFP, after collapsing at the Beverly Hills home of her son Todd Fisher around 1.00 pm (2100 GMT).

"She wanted to be with Carrie," he was quoted as telling industry weekly Variety magazine.

Celebrity news portal TMZ said Reynolds had died "as a result of a stroke," also citing her son.

Debbie Reynolds dies from stroke a day after daughter Carrie Fisher's death

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    Debbie Reynolds, Singin' in the Rain star and beloved actress, passed away on Wednesday - just a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, died.

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    On Wednesday afternoon TMZ reported that the 84-year-old was rushed to the hospital from her son Todd Fisher's home in Beverly Hills.

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    Where the family was discussing funeral plans for Carrie, who passed away on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack aboard a plane from London to LAX.

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    Fans are seeking solace from the devastating loss on Twitter.

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    And paying tribute to the talented mother-daughter duo by sharing touching photographs of the two throughout the years.

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    Film legend Debbie Reynolds, best known for classic musical "Singin' in the Rain" died Wednesday after suffering a stroke, a day after the death of her movie star daughter Carrie Fisher, US media reported.

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    The 84-year-old had been rushed to hospital in "fair to serious condition," paramedics told AFP, after collapsing at the Beverly Hills home of her son Todd Fisher.

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    "She wanted to be with Carrie," he was quoted as telling industry weekly Variety magazine.

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    Fisher, who catapulted to worldwide stardom as rebel warrior Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, died in Los Angeles, four days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight.

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    TMZ, citing unnamed family sources, said Reynolds had been at her son's house to discuss funeral arrangements when she became ill.

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    "Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she posted on Facebook following her daughter's death.

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    "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop."

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    Her 2013 autobiography "Unsinkable: A Memoir" detailed the highs and lows of her rocky personal life and a screen career forged in the glamour of Hollywood's "Golden Age" which was still going well into the 1990s.

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    Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, the second child of railroad carpenter Raymond Francis Reynolds and his wife Maxine, she came to the notice of Hollywood studio MGM after winning a California beauty contest at age 16

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    She had never danced professionally, according to the Internet Movie Database, when picked to star opposite Gene Kelly in classic musical "Singin' in the Rain."

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    Married three times, Reynolds once said she had more luck selecting restaurants than men.

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Fisher, who catapulted to worldwide stardom as rebel warrior Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight.

TMZ, citing unnamed family sources, said Reynolds had been at her son's house to discuss funeral arrangements when she became ill.

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.

"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," she posted on Facebook following her daughter's death.

"I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop." Reynolds, who received the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award last year, first captivated audiences in 1952's "Singin' in the Rain." She was later nominated for an Oscar and helped found a group that works to combat mental health issues.

Her 2013 autobiography "Unsinkable: A Memoir" detailed the highs and lows of her rocky personal life and a screen career forged in the glamour of Hollywood's "Golden Age" which was still going well into the 1990s.

Known at one time as the foremost collector of Hollywood memorabilia, Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955 and had two children, Carrie and Todd. The couple divorced in 1959 after he fell for Elizabeth Taylor.

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Born Mary Frances Reynolds on April 1, 1932 in El Paso, Texas, the second child of railroad carpenter Raymond Francis Reynolds and his wife Maxine, she came to the notice of Hollywood studio MGM after winning a California beauty contest at age 16.

She had never danced professionally, according to the Internet Movie Database, when picked to star opposite Gene Kelly in classic musical "Singin' in the Rain." Several more MGM musicals followed, with Reynolds typically cast as a wholesome young heroine, before her Oscar-nominated turn in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" (1964).

Married three times, Reynolds once said she had more luck selecting restaurants than men.

First, she had to overcome the humiliation of losing Fisher to her best friend and fellow screen icon, although the pair remained close until Taylor's death in 2011.

In another turn of misfortune, Reynolds's second husband, shoe magnate Harry Karl, gambled away most of her savings.

Her third marriage to real estate developer Richard Hamlett in 1985 wasn't much more successful, ending in divorce in 1996.

To support the family, Reynolds took jobs on the stage in Las Vegas, where she had her own casino that housed her extensive collection of memorabilia until it shut in 1997.

The haul is said to have included more than 3,000 costumes and 46,000 square feet (4,275 square meters) worth of props and equipment.

Reynolds, admired for her versatility, starred in her own sitcom, "The Debbie Reynolds Show," in 1969-1970, but it lasted just one season.

Her career in cinema was largely over by the 1970s, though she continued to star in TV movies and series. She also made regular personal appearances, acting on stage and portraying Liberace's mother Frances opposite Michael Douglas in 2013's "Behind the Candelabra." "Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds," a documentary about her relationship with her daughter, premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival and is due to air on HBO in March.

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