Legendary Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, “Star Wars” icon Carrie Fisher, will be buried beside each other at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, her son told ABC News.
Film producer Todd Fisher told the network’s “20/20” on Friday that the family is planning a joint funeral and burial. The date and other details have not yet been released.
Reynolds died Wednesday at age 84, just one day after the death of Fisher, who gained fame for playing Princess Leia in the sci-fi franchise but also was an accomplished author and screenwriter.
Fisher died Tuesday at age 60, four days after suffering cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.
Reynolds was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance from Todd Fisher’s Hollywood Hills home around midday Wednesday. After his mother died, Todd Fisher told reporters that Reynolds “wanted to be with Carrie.” He said Reynolds was always caring for her beloved daughter, and with Reynolds’ recent history of health problems, Carrie Fisher’s death was apparently just too much for the loving mother to handle.
Todd Fisher elaborated on those comments in the “20/20” interview.
“It wasn’t that she was sitting around inconsolable — not at all,” he told ABC News’ Elizabeth Vargas. “She simply said that she didn’t get to see Carrie come back from London. She expressed how much she loved my sister. She then said she really wanted to be with Carrie. In those precise words, and within 15 minutes from that conversation, she faded out. Within 30 minutes, she technically was gone.”
Meanwhile, HBO announced Friday that its documentary on the famous mother-daughter pair, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” would air on Saturday, January 7. The network had planned to air it in the spring, closer to Mother’s Day, but moved it up after Reynolds’ death.
A Texas native, Reynolds grabbed the attention of talent scouts when she entered a Miss Burbank contest at age 16.
She earned her first screen credit in “Three Little Words,” starring Fred Astaire and Red Skelton. She followed that performance with “Two Weeks with Love,” featuring the hit song “Aba Daba Honeymoon.” That led to her casting as Kathy Selden, a young dancer looking to make it big in Hollywood, opposite Gene Kelly in “Singin’ in the Rain.” The role made her a star.
She went on to perform in dozens more films, including “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” which earned her Oscar and Golden Globe nominations. She also appeared in “How the West Was Won,” “The Pleasure of His Company,” “Divorce American Style” and “The Catered Affair.”
She also received Golden Globe nominations for “Three Little Words,” “Bundle of Joy” and “Mother.” She was nominated for her TV work on “The Debbie Reynolds Show.”
Reynolds most recently appeared in the award-winning HBO movie “Behind the Candelabra,” portraying Liberace’s mother.
Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955, but they divorced in 1959 after Fisher’s much-publicized affair with Elizabeth Taylor — one of Reynolds’ best friends. She married two more times, but both ended in divorce.
Reynolds received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in January 2015. The honor was presented to her by Carrie Fisher.
“My favorite movie was “Singin’ in the Rain,’ and I had a good time making that picture, wearing myself out,” Reynolds said at the ceremony.
Reynolds received the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award in November 2015, honoring not only her film achievements, but her community service work. She was honored most notably as a co-founder of the Thalians, a charitable organization aimed at promoting awareness and treatment of mental health issues. The group has contributed millions of dollars to the Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and to UCLA’s Operation Mend, which assists veterans trying to recover from physical and psychological wounds of combat.
—City News Service
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