Actress Debbie Reynolds, star of the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain and mother of Carrie Fisher, has died at the age of 84.
Reynolds was said to be at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills making funeral arrangements for her daughter Carrie Fisher when she suffered a stroke, according to TMZ.
Carrie Fisher died Tuesday at the age of 60, four days after suffering a heart attack aboard an airline flight.
Her half sister, Joely, wished Reynolds “God speed” on Twitter.
God speed mama pic.twitter.com/XsO5zqN8w6
— Joely Fisher (@MsJoelyFisher) December 28, 2016
Reynolds starred opposite Gene Kelly in the 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain, and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the musical The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She was also nominated for a Tony Award in 1973 for her performance in the Broadway musical Irene.
Reynolds received an honorary Oscar in 2015, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, but was too ill to attend the ceremony. Her granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd, accepted the statuette in her honour.
“I’m so sorry that I’m sick, but I am thrilled beyond words, shocked, and you couldn’t be more amazed that a little girl from Burbank even came near this sort of accolade,” she said in a pre-recorded statement.
She was recognized for her decades-long commitment to various charities, including the mental-health organization she founded, the Thalians.
Reynolds had two children with the late crooner Eddie Fisher, who left her for Elizabeth Taylor.
In a November interview with for the NPR show Fresh Air, Carrie Fisher spoke of her admiration for her mother, who she said had some recent health setbacks.
“She’s an immensely powerful woman, and I just admire my mother very much,” Carrie Fisher said. “There’s very few women from her generation who worked like that, who just kept a career going all her life, and raised children, and had horrible relationships, and lost all her money, and got it back again. I mean, she’s had an amazing life, and she’s someone to admire.”
Reynolds and Fisher appear together in a documentary that premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is set to air on HBO in early 2017.
With files from The Associated Press