Debbie Reynolds, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars in the 1950s and 1960s, died Wednesday, one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away, Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher said.
Reynolds was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Todd Fisher told CNN, “My mother passed away a short time ago. She spoke to me this morning and said she missed Carrie.”
Reynolds, 84, complained of breathing problems, an unidentified source told The Times.
“She’s with Carrie now,” Todd Fisher said.
The Los Angeles County Fire Department told CNN it responded to a call where Carrie Fisher owns a home, but would not name the female patient it transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The patient was in fair to serious condition, the fire department said.
CNN called the hospital, but an official said patient information cannot be disclosed.
Reynolds. who was born Mary Frances Reynolds, was a bubbly singer, dancer and actress who starred in “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
She was married then famously divorced from singing sensation Eddie Fisher, who left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor in 1959.
Fisher’s daughter with actress Connie Stevens, Joely Fisher, tweeted Wednesday before news of Reynolds’ death: “God speed mama.”
I can’t imagine what that family is feeling right now. I’ve read that son Todd Fisher is a born again Christian, so he’s got his faith as a comfort, at least. He told today, “She’s gone to be with Carrie. She loved taking care of her and now she’s gone to be with her.” Reynolds was also survived by Fisher’s daughter, actress Billie Lourd, who lost her mother and grandmother in the space of 48 hours.
RIP Debbie. You were one of the great ones.
Here is Reynolds with Donald O’Connor and Gene Kelly singing “Good Morning” from the 1952 movie musical, “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Here is Fisher and Reynolds performing together on Oprah in 2011.