Debbie Reynolds, a wholesome movie ingenue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tammy and the Bachelor” and “The Tender Trap,” and one-third of mid-20th-century Hollywood’s most scandalous romantic triangle, died Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, actress Carrie Fisher, according to The Associated Press. She was 84.
Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher, The AP said. Reynolds was taken to a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday afternoon amid reports that she had possibly had a stroke. According to TMZ, she had been at the home of her son discussing funeral plans for Fisher, who died Tuesday after a heart attack during a flight to Los Angeles last Friday.
Reynolds’ career peak may have been her best actress Academy Award nomination for playing the title role in “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” (1964), a rags-to-riches Western musical based on a true story.
Her best-remembered film is probably “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952), a classic MGM musical about 1920s moviemaking – in which she held her own with Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor, although she was only 19 when the movie was shot and had never danced professionally before. Her fans also cherished her sentimental good-girl portrayals like the title role in “Tammy and the Bachelor” (1957), in which she played a Louisiana moonshiner’s wide-eyed granddaughter who spouted folksy wisdom.