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Debbie Reynolds Passes Away

Filed under: General — Dana @ 6:30 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Reynolds, overcome with grief at having just lost her daughter, Carrie, said her last words to son Todd Fisher before suffering a stroke:

“I miss her so much, I want to be with Carrie.”

Variety has posted a wonderful overview of her professional life on the stage and in movies.

May she and Carrie rest in peace together.


27 Responses to “Debbie Reynolds Passes Away”

  1. 😓

    Kishnevi (0dce2b)

  2. Debbie Reynolds was part of a generation that is fading quickly. Actresses like her encompassed it all: acting, singing and dancing. I love her wonderfully acerbic wit, which didn’t made its appearance until much later in her life.

    Dana (d17a61)

  3. What sad news! So sad that Mother and Daughter pass within a day of each other. And another Hollywood great leaves us.

    Bill M (906260)

  4. Pretty remarkable entertainer. When you can hold you own with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor as she did in “Singing in the Rain,” you know you are talking about a major talent.

    JVW (30a532)

  5. At the risk of coming across as ungenerous or uncaring, how was that comment about checking out so she could be with Carrie supposed to make her son Todd feel?

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  6. At the risk of coming across as ungenerous or uncaring, how was that comment about checking out so she could be with Carrie supposed to make her son Todd feel?

    Probably a lot like Roger Clinton.

    JVW (30a532)

  7. i love Debbie so much how she never lectured me about carbon footprint

    she was a class act

    happyfeet (28a91b)

  8. I think she had been in ill health for at least a year. I doubt it was a slam on Todd and I don’t think he took it that way. When my 90 year old MIL was “ready” she let us all know she just wanted to be with her husband and 8 brothers and sisters. We understood where she was coming from and did not feel abandoned.

    elissa (ddb087)

  9. That’s probably so, but a recent event put her over the edge.

    narciso (d1f714)

  10. She was definitely “the wholesome girl next door” in most of her movie roles and out in public. I’m trying to think of any current actress who holds down that spot in the current era. And am coming up sort of blank.

    elissa (ddb087)

  11. I felt a great disturbance in the force.

    WarEagle82 (641089)

  12. As I said, I understood I ran the risk of appearing ungenerous and/or uncaring. I found the comment curious. Nothing more.

    I hope she is at peace.

    Steve57 (0b1dac)

  13. That’s a narrow niche initially Emma stone.

    narciso (d1f714)

  14. Recent events have made me go up to my little library and pull out a book called The Dead Beat : Lost Souls, Lucky Stiffs and the Perverse Pleasures of Obituaries.. by Marilyn Johnson.

    She became fascinated by the culture of obituaries; the real stories of people marching out of this world, as well as the craft and history of obit writing. She researched and sought out some of the most interesting obituaries in the English language–some funny, some caustic, many were charming, and most were very revealing about the actual person. Her obit collection proves that you need not be extraordinarily famous to have made an important contribution to this world and to have your life celebrated.

    elissa (ddb087)

  15. Anna Kendrick might fit that bill as well, but a whacked out Lohan gifted that redhaired perch.

    urbanleftbehind (847a06)

  16. Yes Anna kendrick, how did I forget, and Lohan but she stuffed down a straw.

    narciso (d1f714)

  17. I am so ordering that book, Elissa. Glad you mentioned it.

    Dana (d17a61)

  18. Anne Hathaway sings “Somebody to Love“. [YouTube]

    Kind of wholesome. Upright. Doesn’t mistake her good fortune for a licence to preach.

    How about that one?

    papertiger (c8116c)

  19. Eddie. Gone.
    Liz. Gone.
    Dick. Gone.
    Carrie. Gone.
    Debbie. Gone.


    “What do you have to be so conceited about? You’re nothing but a shadow on film… just a shadow. You’re not flesh and blood.” – Kathy Seldon [Debbie Reynolds] “Singin’ In The Rain” 1952

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  20. Karnac answer for Hathaway: Havoc.

    urbanleftbehind (9ee190)

  21. My father was a music editor at MGM….worked on Singin’ in the Rain and Unsinkable Molly Brown….my family gtmt know her fairly well ……always gracious …..humorous…..vivacious. And a very strong Republican. RIP….almost the last of that great generation of stars.

    Bill Saracino (1bfa36)

  22. Leslie Nielsen & Debbie Reynolds (Tammy & The Bachelor) Full Movie 1957 [YouTube]

    This one plays without distortion or fuss.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  23. This reminds me of a phrase in Genesis 44:31

    Now therefore when I come to thy servant my father, and the lad is not with us; seeing that his soul is bound up with the lad’s soul.

    Debbie Reynolds had some strokes in years past but this may not have been a stroke.


    Sammy Finkelman (643dcd)

  24. To get there I waded past countless obits written by sounded like the same person.

    Best remembered for ‘Singing in the Rain’? The only thing I remember about Singing in the Rain is Gene Kelly dancing in the rain. That’s because it’s the only clip they ever show on PBS retrospectives.

    The Unsinkable Molly Brown deserves a better legacy.

    papertiger (c8116c)

  25. Still alive at the end of 2016, it’s probably safe to say now:

    Former Secretaries of State George Shultz, Henry Kissinger and James Baker; George and Barbara Bush, Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter, and eevn Walter Mondale.

    Sammy Finkelman (7cd5f4)

  26. And Bob Dole, too! (is still among the living)

    Melvin Laird, Nancy Reagan, Antonin Scalia, Dewey Clarridge, Phyllis Schlafly, Wendell Anderson,
    Janet Reno, Bob Bennett (the Senator from Watergate), Tom Hayden, Curtis Roosevelt, Shimom Peres, Boutros Boutros-Ghali, Fidel Castro, Anne of Romania, Sheikh Khalifa bin Hamad Al Thani and King Bhumibol Adulyadej, passed away in 2016.

    Also Elie Weisel, Morley Safer, Gwen Ifill, Sydney H. Schanberg, Arnold Palmer, John Glenn, Harper Lee, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Ralph Branca, Dr. Denton Cooley, Dr. Henry Heimlich.

    And several people I knew.

    Sammy Finkelman (7cd5f4)

  27. Last one out the door…

    IGotBupkis, "Si tacuisses, philosophus mansisses." (668532)

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