Debbie Reynolds dies at the age of 84

Debbie Reynolds (1932 -2016)
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Silver screen legend, singer and philanthropist Debbie Reynolds has died at the age of 84.

Only a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds has also passed away in Los Angeles.

“She wanted to be with Carrie,” her son Todd Fisher told Variety.

The sprightly blonde had an extensive career in show business and numerous iconic roles in critically acclaimed musicals such as “Singin’ in the Rain,” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown.”

Reynolds may well be considered the original “girl-next-door,” but that wholesomeness could easily be cast away and her spitfire side would emerge in films such as “Tammy” and “How the West Was Won.”

The veneer of her onscreen persona was besmirched by numerous tabloids and gossip columns when she a Eddie Fisher were married in the 1950s, and those stories were later validated through daughter Carrie who wrote novels based on her childhood.

“Postcards from the Edge,” was one such offering where Shirley Maclaine and Meryl Streep unofficially played Reynolds and Fisher respectively in the film adaption.

Fisher also exposed the underbelly of Hollywood relationships and her role as a daughter within them in her book, “Wishful Drinking” which also became a one-woman memoir playing on various stages throughout the country, and then on HBO.

Reynolds made a small  comeback in the 90’s starring in “In & Out” and the James Brooks comedy “Mother.”

She also did a handful of voiceovers for animated movies such as “Rugrats in Paris: The Movie,” and “Light of Olympia.”

Reynolds was taken to the hospital Tuesday afternoon with reports that she suffered a stroke. She died Tuesday night, she was 84.

Reynolds is survived by her son Todd and granddaughter Billie Lourd.