Hollywood has lost yet another icon before the year's end. Actress Debbie Reynolds passed away on Wednesday at age 84, just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher. Reynolds' son Todd Fisher confirmed that she died after reportedly suffering a stroke while discussing plans for her daughter's funeral. "She wanted to be with Carrie," Fisher told Variety.
Reynolds was a talented actress, singer, and dancer who rose to fame in the 1952 movie musical Singin' in the Rain alongside Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor. She went on to earn an Academy Award nomination for her performance as a real-life Titanic survivor in 1964's The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Years later, Reynolds enchanted an entirely new generation of viewers with her role as Grandma Aggie in the 1998 Disney Channel original movie, Halloweentown.
"A long time ago … I realized that I loved to sing, dance, and make people laugh," Reynolds said of her career in 2002, according to Entertainment Weekly. "The trick is finding something that you like and sticking with it."
Reynolds was also charitable. She was a founding member and former president of The Thalians, an organization formed in 1955 by a group of actors to promote awareness of mental health issues, a subject that was also important to her daughter. Last year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Reynolds with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
Tributes to Reynolds poured onto social media following news of her death, from those who knew her personally or simply admired her work. See some of their comments below:
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