Todd Fisher’s comment on the passing of his mother Debbie Reynolds: “She wanted to be with Carrie.”
The son of the Hollywood legend told Variety that Reynolds, 84, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
It was just a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, 60, who suffered a heart attack days before.
Reynolds and Fisher had been planning Carrie’s funeral at Todd’s Beverly Hills home when Debbie was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital with breathing problems, suffering a stroke.
Reynolds, who had a close and sometimes tempestuous relationship with her daughter, was one of MGM’s primary stars of the 1950s-60s appearing in the 1952 classic “Singin’ in the Rain” and 1964’s “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”
Reynolds received the SAG lifetime achievement award in January 2015; in August of that year the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences voted to present the actress with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Reynolds had a wholesome girl-next-door look which was coupled with a no-nonsense attitude in her roles, which ranged from sweet vehicles like “Tammy” to more serious fare such as “The Rat Race” and “How the West Was Won.”
Amid all the success, her private life was at the center of one of the decade’s biggest scandals when then-husband, singer Eddie Fisher, left her for Elizabeth Taylor in 1958.
Reynolds handled it well personally, but got more tabloid coverage when she divorced her second husband, shoe manufacturer Harry Karl, claiming he had wiped away all of her money with his gambling.
She also was known for her philanthropy, including more than 60 years of working with the organization the Thalians on mental-health care.
ANOTHER RAMSEY LAWSUIT
Burke Ramsey has filed a second defamation lawsuit over a CBS show that presented the theory he killed his younger sister, JonBenét, more than two decades ago.
People reported Wednesday that lawyers for Ramsey filed a civil suit, seeking $750 million in damages, naming CBS, the production company that made “The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey,” as well as experts and consultants featured in the special, which was broadcast in mid-September.
Ramsey already sued forensic pathologist Dr. Werner Spitz in October for $150 million in damages.
Comedian Danny McBride is 40. … Actor Mekhi Phifer is 42. … Actor Jude Law is 44. … Singer-guitarist Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket) is 46. … Actor Ted Danson is 69. … Singer Marianne Faithfull is 70. … Actor Jon Voight is 78. … Actress Mary Tyler Moore is 80.
— Wire report