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As I prepare to say goodbye to 2016, I was not prepared to say goodbye to Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds.
On Dec. 27, Carrie Fisher, daughter of Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, died. Today, Dec. 28, Reynolds joins her daughter in peace. While planning her daughter’s funeral, Reynolds suffered a stroke and was rushed to the hospital. Hours later, she was pronounced dead. She was 84.
Although I never saw much of Reynolds’ work, she was a big part of my childhood. I always knew her as Grandma Aggie from Disney’s “Halloweentown.” Every October, I was so excited to re-watch the “Halloweentown” films again and be able to see that sweet smile that Reynolds displayed on screen.
Reynolds’ first leading role on the path of fame was in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain” as Kathy Selden. Other work included: “Susan Slept Here,” “Bundle of Joy” and “Tammy the Bachelor.”
Many tweets of love have been sent to her son, actor Todd Fisher, and granddaughter, actress Billie Lourd during these dreadful hours.
“#CruelCruelYear” “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill tweeted regarding Reynolds’ death
In only two days, we lost two beloved people who played memorable characters. From the head-strong Princess Leia to the warm Aggie Cromwell, we say farewell.
“Debbie Reynolds helped light my passion for performing ‘Singin’ in the Rain’,” actor Grant Gustin tweeted. “She will always be an icon. Rest with Carrie, Debbie.”
As I grow and say goodbye to my childhood and 2016, I also say goodbye to Debbie Reynolds.