ByElle McFarlane, writer at
'There's always someone younger and hungrier coming down the stairs after you.'
Elle McFarlane

Notoriously fiery and at times problematic, the relationship between and her mother, , the angelic face of Hollywood's golden age, was a rollercoaster of highs and lows, but it was nothing if not fiercely loving — right until the tragic end. Starring in the likes of Singing in the Rain, Tammy and the Bachelor and more recently in Behind the Candelabra and Will & Grace, Debbie's dazzling career spanned well over six decades.

With the news of Carrie's death breaking this week after suffering a heart attack aboard a flight from London to LA, in a cruel twist of fate, only one day later her mom Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke and passed away late on Wednesday evening meaning that we've now lost both our princess and one of our greatest Hollywood matriarchs. 2016, you have been so very very cruel.

15 Minutes Before Her Stroke Debbie Said: "I Want To Be With Carrie Again"

Confirming Debbie's death, her son Todd Fisher stated that the very last thing that she said was that she was utterly heartbroken over Carrie's death and that she wanted to be with her again. Fifteen minutes later, Debbie suffered a huge stroke and was rushed to Cedars Sinai medical centre where she died only a few hours later. It seems that she just couldn't face living in a world without her precious daughter.

Debbie & Carrie Tragically Died Before The Documentary About Their Lives Aired

Sadly the HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which will air in March will be a bittersweet testament to their incredible bond. Receiving critical acclaim from its screenings at Cannes and the New York Film Festival, Shelia Nevins the president of HBO Documentary Films stated:

"It's a love story...Carrie wanted to make ‘Bright Lights’ for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie.”

Having written a book in the '80s called 'Postcards from the Edge' which was later turned into a movie staring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine, Carrie Fisher documented the difficulties of recovering from drug addiction, mental illness and fame from both her own, and her mothers perspective. Consequently, the two had an incredibly unique bond, which is something the HBO documentary captures, with Sheila Nevins going on to say:

“It’s life with Carrie and Debbie. It’s about both of them trying to stand upright, both having their frailties — age on the one hand and mental illness on the other. It’s a love story about a mother and daughter — they happen to be Carrie and Debbie.”

Scream Queens Star & Daughter Of Carrie Fisher Posted A Touching Tribute To Her Family

Billy Lourd, the only daughter of Carrie Fisher, and the granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds posted this image a few hours after Debbie passed on. It's hard to comprehend how difficult it must be for the 24-year-old to lose both her beloved mother and grandmother in such a shockingly short space of time.

Rising to fame through her portrayal as Chanel #3 in Fox's Scream Queens, she also had a brief cameo alongside her mother in Star Wars: The Force Awakens and is due a slightly larger role in the upcoming Stars Wars Episode VIII.

How Will You Remember Debbie Reynolds?

Tammy and the Bachelor [Credit: Universal-International]
Tammy and the Bachelor [Credit: Universal-International]


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