Hollywood Legend Debbie Reynolds Dies at 84

By Earnest Jones , The Goldwater · 12-30-2016
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Famously renowned for starring alongside Gene Kelly in Singin in the Rain, Debbie Reynolds became a major movie star in Hollywood’s Golden Age. Unfortunately, she died on Wednesday at the age of 84 years. This occurred after she was rushed to Cedars-Sinai hospital on Wednesday due to a reported stroke. It’s such an unfortunate incidence considering the fact that her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack on Friday which led to her death on Tuesday.

In a report made by Todd Fisher, Reynolds son, his mother reported that she really wanted to be with her daughter Carrie. Reynolds was hospitalized as she was planning for her daughter’s funeral at Fisher’s home.

In a post that Reynolds made on Sunday addressing her daughter’s well-wishers, she thanked everyone who had embraced the talents and gifts of her amazing and beloved daughter. She expressed her gratitude towards the well-wisher’s prayers and thoughts adding that they’ll guide her daughter to the next step.

It’s evident that Reynolds was one of the last great stars of Hollywood’s studio system and its Golden Age. Reynolds held her first role in 1950’s Three Little Words which was a small musical part. Two years later, she shot the limelight at the age of 19 years old when she starred alongside Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor in the classic musical Singin in the Rain.

Following her appearance in the classic musical Singin in the Rain, other film roles followed which included The Affair of Dobie Gillis, Susan Slept Here and 1955’s The Tender Trap, where she starred alongside Frank Sinatra. The next year she co-starred with Eddie Fisher in the Bundle of Joy film.

In 1957’s she was involved as the title character in Tammy and the Bachelor which had a scene where she sang Tammy. The song was later on the No.1 hit song. She was later nominated for both the Golden Globe and Oscar for her Title role in The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Reynolds appeared in more than 30 movies most of which were romantic and musicals.

The Screen Actors Guild awarded Reynolds with the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. The same year that she was awarded the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. However, she was not able to accept the award since she was recovering from surgery.

Reynolds career in singing was very successful. One of her hits Tammy from the movie Tammy and the Bachelor became a hit in 1957 as one of the best-selling record. In the late 1950s, she had hit songs that included the Am I That Easy to Forget and A Very Special Love.

In 1959, Reynolds found herself at the center of Hollywood’s scandals when her husband Eddie Fisher, had an affair with Elizabeth Taylor who was a pop singer and a close friend. Reynolds re-married having divorced Eddie Fisher. Mary Frances Reynolds was born back in April 1, 1932 to Maine and Raymond Francis Reynolds in El Paso, Texas. Her family moved to Burbank, California while she was age 8 and that’s when she attended Burbank High School. Reynolds won the Miss Burbank pageant in 1948 after being noticed for her talents and gifts.

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