Deb­bie Reynolds dies a day af­ter ac­tress daugh­ter

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE - By AGEN­CIES in Los An­ge­les

Deb­bie Reynolds, the Sin­gin’ in the Rain ac­tress who tap-danced her way into peo­ple’s hearts as a star of Hol­ly­wood’s Golden Age, died on Wed­nes­day, grief-stricken over the death of her daugh­ter, ac­tress Car­rie Fisher, a day ear­lier.

The 84-year-old suf­fered a stroke at son Todd Fisher’s home. Todd Fisher said his sis­ter’s death was “just too much” for his mother.

“She said, ‘I want to be with Car­rie,’ ” Fisher said. “And then she was gone.”

Her daugh­ter died on Tues- day at age 60, days af­ter fall­ing ill on a flight.

While Reynolds em­bod­ied the sun­shine of post­war Amer­ica, Car­rie Fisher brought the sar­casm and cyn­i­cism of the baby boomers to her movies, books and stage shows, even when she was play­ing a princess in Star Wars.

Both mother and daugh­ter en­joyed the heights of show busi­ness suc­cess and en­dured the depths of per­sonal trou­bles. Their re­la­tion­ship for years ranged from strained to nonex­is­tent, but late in life they be­came al­lies and close con­fi­dantes in their strug­gles.

Reynolds, who had a long ca­reer in movies and tele­vi­sion, lost one hus­band to El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor and two other hus­bands plun­dered her for mil­lions. Fisher strug­gled from early in life with ad­dic­tion and men­tal ill­ness.

“There have been a few times when I thought I was go­ing to lose Car­rie,” Reynolds said in 2011. “I’ve had to walk through a lot of my tears. But she’s worth it.”

Af­ter mi­nor movie roles, MGM stu­dio boss Louis B Mayer cast Reynolds in Sin­gin’ in the Rain, de­spite star Gene Kelly’s ob­jec­tions. At 19, with lit­tle dance ex­pe­ri­ence, she matched Kelly and Don­ald O’Con­nor, two of the screen’s best dancers, step for step.

DANNY MOLOSHOK / REUTERS

Deb­bie Reynolds (left) and her daugh­ter Car­rie Fisher pose for a photo in 2011.

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