Two Hollywood Lights Go Out
Carrie Fisher, noted writer and actress, well-known for her role in the Star Wars series, died of causes as yet unsubstantiated on December 27, 2016 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 60 years old.
Debbie Reynolds, iconic actress and the mother of Ms. Fisher, died on December 28, 2016 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 84 years old.
Ms. Reynolds reportedly was making plans for the funeral of Ms. Fisher with her son, Todd Fisher, when she had to be transported to Cedars-Sinai, where she died.
Although it has been reported that Ms. Fisher suffered a heart attack and that Ms. Reynolds succumbed to a stroke the following day, there is no official cause of death for either mother or daughter at the time of this writing.
Mother and Daughter Had Different Career Paths, But Hollywood Bound
Carrie Fisher starred as Princess Leia in 1977’s “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” after debuting in Warren Beatty’s “Shampoo” in 1975. She reprised her role as Princess Leia several times and appeared in a number of other films. Her semi-autobiographical novel, “Postcards From The Edge”, was published in 1987 to positive reviews. The novel was made into a movie in 1990 starring Meryl Streep, produced and directed by Mike Nichols. Ms. Fisher wrote the screenplay. She was well-known for her screenwriting work in Hollywood. She also wrote a number of other novels and several non-fiction works.
Debbie Reynolds debuted in “June Bride”, in an uncredited role, in 1948. She rose to prominence as Kathy Selden in “Singin’ In The Rain”, a now-classic film included in the National Film Registry. She went on to earn a gold record in 1957 for her rendition of “Tammy” from the motion picture “Tammy and the Bachelor”, in which she shared top acting credit with Leslie Nielsen. The pop single was number one on the Billboard charts for five weeks that year. Ms. Reynolds went on to appear in scores of movie and television roles as well as to act on Broadway, debuting there in a revival of “Irene”, along with her daughter, Carrie Fisher. She also performed in Las Vegas.
Both Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are survived by brother and son, respectively, Todd Fisher and daughter and granddaughter, Billie Lourd.