And just like that, 32 hours after her daughter's death, Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84. The stress of her daughter Carrie's death was too much for her, as she had had several strokes in recent years, and according to her son Todd, her last words were "I want to be with Carrie." Debbie Reynolds was a Hollywood icon who starred as the ingenue in many films from the 1950's, most famously Singin' in the Rain at the age of 19, then How the West Was Won, The Unsinkable Molly Brown (for which she was Oscar-nominated for Best Actress), The Singing Nun, Divorce, American Style, the voice of Charlotte in the animated Charlotte's Web, Mother and In & Out. She was known as Hollywood's original "sweetheart," earning the title for her sunny disposition and the famous tabloid scandal that saw her be left by her husband Eddie Fisher for Elizabeth Taylor in 1959. A singer, dancer, and actress, Reynolds was a true performer who was known for her stage, film and television work over the years, she was nominated for an Oscar, an Emmy (for playing Debra Messing's mother on Will & Grace from 1999-2006) and a Tony (for the 1973 musical Irene), her hand and footprints are preserved at Graumann's Chinese Theatre, and she received the Lifetime Achievement Award from SAG in 2014 and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from AMPAS in 2015. This holiday has left the family with unimaginable grief, as Billie Lourd has lost her mother and grandmother, and Todd Fisher his mother and sister in just two days.
The famous scene from 1952's Singin' in the Rain, where Debbie holds her own against two of the greatest dancers to ever appear in film:
Carrie and Debbie's interview with Oprah in 2011: