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On Wednesday evening the news came out that actress Debbie Reynolds had died at the age of 84 after being rushed to the hospital due to a medical emergency earlier in the day (her cause of death has not yet been announced). This was one day after her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, died at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack on a United flight on December 23.
As Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher told Variety after her passing, “She wanted to be with Carrie.”
Before Fisher went on to become an icon playing Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, Reynolds was already a legend. At 19 years old she landed the lead female role in the classic 1952 musical “Singin’ in the Rain,” which also starred Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. Then in 1964 she received an Oscar nomination for “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.” She had her own TV show, “The Debbie Reynolds Show,” in 1969. And in 1996 she received a Golden Globe nomination playing the adorable mom in Albert Brooks’ “Mother.”
Celebrities both young and old have gone to social media to pay their respects to Reynolds, a Hollywood institution for her whole life.
Read below how Debbie Reynolds is being remembered:
William Shatner called her “the last of Hollywood royalty.”
Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 29, 2016
“Mother” director and star Albert Brooks can’t believe Reynolds passed away one day after her daughter.
Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can’t believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 29, 2016
Bette Midler called her “beautiful, talented, devoted to her craft….”
#DebbieReynolds has just died. This is too hard to comprehend. Beautiful, talented, devoted to her craft, she follows Carrie, dead days ago.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 29, 2016
Brie Larson lit candles for the mother and daughter.
For Carrie and Debbie
My thoughts and love are with their family. pic.twitter.com/2fLWu3a9Sg
— Brie Larson (@brielarson) December 29, 2016
Mark Hamill has had enough with 2016 (we agree).
Sarah Silverman said this year has “extinguished all the brightest lights.”
— Sarah Silverman (@SarahKSilverman) December 29, 2016
Debra Messing paid tribute to her TV mom on “Will & Grace.”
So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years & I loved her dearly.A legend.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 29, 2016
Actress Martha Plimpton celebrated Reynolds with this incredible photo of Carrie watching her mom work.
Carrie, watching her mother from the wings. pic.twitter.com/QWE2YnQLJD
— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) December 29, 2016
Zach Braff tweeted this GIF of a famous scene from “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Ellen DeGeneres sends all her love to the family.
I can’t imagine what Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ family are going through this week. I send all of my love.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 29, 2016