Hollywood and Theatre Stars React to the Passing of Debbie Reynolds
Now we have learned that her mother, Hollywood icon, Debbie Reynolds, has passed away following a stroke at the home of her son this afternoon. Reynolds was reportedly taken to the emergency room just after 1pm. Her condition upon admittance to the hospital was listed as "fair to serious."
Reynolds' career began unexpectedly in 1948 when she won a beauty contest at the age of 16. Two of the contest judges were scouts from Warner Brothers and MGM. When they heard Reynolds' show-stopping rendition of Betty Hutton's "I'm Just a Square in a Social Circle," they took an interest in the talented singer. With their help, Reynolds eventually became a triple-threat star. She soon made her screen debut with June Haver and James Baron in "The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady." A subsequent performance in a Busby Berkley musical, "Two Weeks with Love," convinced Louis B. Mayer to choose Reynolds for the lead female role opposite Gene Kelly and Donald O'Conner in "Singin' in the Rain," which received several Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations and was ranked No. 1 on the American Film Institute's list of the top 100 musicals of all time.
The young actress went on to star in more than 25 films, including her Academy Award nominated role in "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." Her career skyrocketed and in addition to appearing as a leading lady in musicals and comedies, she performed on television and in nightclubs, recording smash hit songs such as "Tammy," "Am I That Easy to Forget" and "Cocktail Hour." Reynolds had a recurring role in the sitcom "Will and Grace" and recently appeared in the 2012 comedy "One for the Money," which also starred Katherine Heigl. In addition to her Oscar nomination, she is the recipient of five Golden Globe nominations, two Emmy Award nominations and one Tony Award nomination.
Stars of stage and screen are turning to social media to share their grief over the loss of a legend:
Carol Channing says "She was beautiful and generous. It seems like only yesterday she was having lunch here at the house and we were discussing the possibility of working together in a new show. I have such fond memories of appearing with her here at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs. So many laughs. My prayers go out to the family."Rip Taylor appeared with 'Debbie on stage in Las Vegas for several decades. He says "I was blessed to work with this remarkable woman for 45 almost 50 years. That makes for a very rare bond and unique relationship. She was generous to a fault, never caring who got the laugh from the audience. I Will always love her. I am absolutely devastated tonight!"
Rose Marie said "Debbie was a talented actress, a remarkable woman and a great humanitarian. I equally adored Carrie. She had written a pilot for her mother, who had requested that I play a role opposite her. Debbie was such a generous performer, that she practically had Carrie rewrite it, so I would have gotten all the laughs. Unfortunately, it didn't come to pass, but nothing would have thrilled me more. She was a good friend and deserved the title of Hollywood Royalty."
American treasure. pic.twitter.com/8TZMxcbByb— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) December 29, 2016
#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
i love you billie. so so much. rest in peace, debbie reynolds.— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) December 29, 2016
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
There are no words left. RIP #DebbieReynolds— Josh Gad (@joshgad) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds, God is holding you and Carrie in his hands.— Debbie Allen (@msdebbieallen) December 29, 2016
We will always speak your name??
Love you, Debbie Allen
Her heart must have just broken. No parent should ever outlive their child. RIP ?????? https://t.co/fVvqJ5OTYU— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) December 29, 2016
I'm in shock. I can't believe this. This is so devastating. https://t.co/pWDe5BHll6— Matt Doyle (@MattfDoyle) December 29, 2016
My god. Absolutely devastating. Love and light to their family. Debbie Reynolds was an icon. May mother and daughter Rest In Peace. https://t.co/SQQoBd4vQ8— Rory O'Malley (@RoryOMalley) December 29, 2016
Unreal. ??Suck it 2016.— Lesli Margherita (@QueenLesli) December 29, 2016
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
I can't imagine the family's grief. Debbie Reynolds has died just one day after her daughter Carrie.... https://t.co/k1cZo8g48O— Leslie Uggams (@LeslieUggams) December 29, 2016
Carrie, watching her mother from the wings. pic.twitter.com/QWE2YnQLJD— Martha Plimpton (@MarthaPlimpton) December 29, 2016
My heart is broken but Debbie and Carrie are together in the only way they could be. Both leave enormous legacies. Now enough 2016!— Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) December 29, 2016
I'll never say no to you... pic.twitter.com/bZjB92d7W2— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 29, 2016
My heart is breaking over Debbie Reynolds and I am sending all my light and strength to Billie Lourd.— Frankie James Grande (@FrankieJGrande) December 29, 2016
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
I bet Carrie Fisher would've had the wittiest thing to say about her mother Debbie Reynolds upstaging her by passing. #PostcardsFromTheEdge— Donna Vivino (@donnavivino) December 29, 2016
There is nothing harder than having to bury a child. Debbie died of a broken heart, but she's with her daughter now. https://t.co/G3pcQCoViK— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 29, 2016
Rest In Peace Debbie, Carrie and George. Back to my twitter break. Let's try and be kind to each other, shall we?— Laura Benanti (@LauraBenanti) December 29, 2016
God speed mama pic.twitter.com/XsO5zqN8w6— Joely Fisher (@MsJoelyFisher) December 28, 2016
An actress, a trailblazer and hero, rest in peace Debbie Reynolds. pic.twitter.com/f1jId7Qz4R— The Academy (@TheAcademy) December 29, 2016
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