FILM, SONG LEG­END DIES

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Ac­tress Deb­bie Reynolds, left, a star of the 1952 clas­sic film “Sin­gin’ in the Rain,” dies one day af­ter the death of her daugh­ter, Car­rie Fisher.

los an­ge­les» Ac­tress Deb­bie Reynolds, the star of the 1952 clas­sic movie “Sin­gin’ in the Rain” has died one day af­ter the death of her daugh­ter, ac­tress-writer Car­rie Fisher. Reynolds was 84.

Her son, Todd Fisher, said Reynolds died Wed­nes­day.

“She’s now with Car­rie, and we’re all heart­bro­ken,” Fisher said from Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where his mother was taken by am­bu­lance Wed­nes­day.

He said the stress of his sis­ter’s death Tues­day “was too much” for Reynolds. Car­rie Fisher, who was 60, had been hos­pi­tal­ized since Fri­day.

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

Reynolds en­joyed the very heights of show busi­ness suc­cess and en­dured the depths of per­sonal tragedy and be­trayal. She lost one hus­band to El­iz­a­beth Tay­lor, and two other hus­bands plun­dered her for mil­lions.

Fisher, who found last­ing fame as Princess Leia in “Star Wars” and strug­gled for much of her life with drug ad­dic­tion and men­tal health prob­lems, died af­ter fall­ing ill on a plane and be­ing hos­pi­tal­ized.

Reynolds was a su­per­star early in life. Af­ter two mi­nor roles at Warner Bros. and three sup­port­ing roles at MGM, stu­dio boss Louis B. Mayer cast her in “Sin­gin’ in the Rain,” de­spite Gene Kelly’s ob­jec­tions. She was 19 with lit­tle dance ex­pe­ri­ence, and she would be ap­pear­ing with two of the screen’s great­est dancers, Don­ald O’Con­nor and Kelly, who also co-di­rected.

“Gene Kelly was hard on me, but I think he had to be,” Reynolds, who more than held her own in the movie, said in 1999. “I had to learn ev­ery­thing in three to six months. Don­ald O’Con­nor had been danc­ing since he was 3 months old, Gene Kelly since he was 2 years old . ... I think Gene knew I had to be chal­lenged.”

“The Unsink­able Molly Brown” was based on the life of a Colorado wo­man who rose from poverty to riches and tri­umphed over tragedy, in­clud­ing the sink­ing of the Ti­tanic. The 1964 Mered­ith Will­son mu­si­cal, with Molly’s de­fi­ant song “I Ain’t Down Yet,” brought Reynolds her only Acad­emy Award nom­i­na­tion. She also re­ceived a Tony nom­i­na­tion in 1973 when she starred on Broad­way in the re­vival of “Irene,” in which her daugh­ter also ap­peared.

Af­ter her tran­si­tion from star­let to star, Reynolds be­came im­mensely pop­u­lar with teen girls and more so when in 1955 she mar­ried Ed­die Fisher, the pop singer whose fans were equally de­voted.

Ringo H.W. Chiu, Getty Im­ages

Singer Deb­bie Reynolds per­forms in this 2003 photo.

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