Best known for playing Princess Leia in the Star War film series, Carrie Fisher suffered a heart attack en route to Los Angeles from London. She was removed from the plane by paramedics and rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center where she breathed her last – she was 60.
Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher’s mother, died the very next day of a massive stroke on December 28, 2016, aged 84. According to Todd Fisher, Reynolds’ son and Carrie’s brother, the fatal stroke was the result of the stress of losing her daughter a day earlier.
The family is planning a joint funeral for the mother-daughter celebrities without disclosing the venue or date of the joint funeral yet.
Debbie Reynolds – born on April 1, 1932, was an actress, singer, entrepreneur, film historian, and a charitable personality by nature. She played the character of Helen Kane in “Three Little Words” a 1950 film which won her the nomination for the Golden Globe Award for the Most Promising Newcomer.
As an actress some of her other mention-worthy films were:
“Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), The Affairs of Dobie Gillis (1953), Susan Slept Here (1954), Bundle of Joy (1956) which again earned her the nomination for the Golden Globe, The Catered Affair which won her the National Board of Review Best Supporting Actress award, and the 1957 film Tammy and the Bachelor – her performance of the song ‘Tammy’ in the film topped the Billboard music charts.
Many other acting successes followed but her portrayal of Molly Brown in the 1964 film The Unsinkable Molly Brown won her an Oscar nomination for Best Actress.
Reynolds’ several business ventures include the Debbie Reynolds Dance
Studio in North Hollywood, which still operates today.
Carrie Fisher – born on October 21, 1956, to Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds was a celebrity in her own rights as an actress, writer, producer, and humorist.
Her most famous role was that of Princess Leia in the Star War film franchise along with roles in films like Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally (1989).
Her foray into writing includes works like ‘Postcards from the Edge’ and ‘Wishful Drinking.’
The mother-daughter pair appeared together in a 2016 documentary about their relationship, Bright Lights, which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
Carrie Fisher suffered from bipolar disorder and drug abuse which she openly spoke about in her later years and earned much praise for being open about her condition.
The year 2016 was witness to many celebrity deaths such as Pat Harrington, David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Gene Wilder, Hugh O’Brian, Arnold Palmer, Florence Henderson, John Glenn, George Michael, Hugh O’Brian, George Kennedy, Robert Vaughn, George Michael to name just a few among many others – Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher being the last two deaths of 2016.
It is our sincere hope that 2017 doesn’t prove to be as bad as 2016 in terms of celebrity deaths.