We lost yet another icon Wednesday when the news was announced that legendary actress Debbie Reynolds had passed away, a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.
Debbie's son, Todd Fisher, confirmed the news to Variety Wednesday. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” he said.
The news of Debbie's death came just hours after TMZ reported that she had been rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke. She was hospitalized after a 911 call said that she was having trouble breathing, two law enforcement sources familiar with the situation told NBC News.
Debbie may be best remembered for her role as aspiring actress Kathy Selden in the classic 1952 movie-musical Singin' in the Rain. She earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her role as the titular character in 1964's The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Debbie also won a special place in many moviegoers' hearts when she lent her voice to Charlotte in the 1973 animated film adaptation of the E.B. White book Charlotte's Web.
In recent years, Debbie delighted audiences as the mother and grandmother to some of the most beloved characters on screen, such as Howard's (Kevin Kline) mother in 1997's In & Out, Grace's (Debra Messing) mom in Will & Grace, and Marnie's (Kimberly J. Brown) magical grandma in Disney Channel's Halloweentown movies.
Debbie's personal life also grabbed headlines. She married Eddie Fisher in 1955, and the two eventually welcomed daughter Carrie and son Todd. They were something of the It celebrity couple of the day until their romance turned to scandal when Eddie became romantically involved with Debbie's best friend Elizabeth Taylor following the death of her husband Mike Todd in 1958. Eddie and Debbie would soon divorce, and he and Elizabeth married.
The world is already missing Debbie profusely, as you can see by the tributes from those who knew her, loved her, and worked with her that continue to pour in.