Film legend Debbie Reynolds, best known for classic musical Singin’ in the Rain died on Wednesday after suffering a stroke, a day after the death of her movie star daughter Carrie Fisher.
The 84-year-old had been taken to hospital in “fair to serious condition” after collapsing at the Beverly Hills home of her son Todd Fisher.
Fisher, who catapulted to worldwide stardom as rebel warrior Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, four days after suffering a heart attack on a transatlantic flight.
TMZ, citing unnamed family sources, said Reynolds had been at her son’s house to discuss funeral arrangements when she became ill.
Reynolds, who received the Academy’s Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award last year, first captivated audiences in 1952’s Singin’ in the Rain.
She was later nominated for an Oscar and helped found a group that works to combat mental health issues.
Her 2013 autobiography Unsinkable: A Memoir detailed the highs and lows of her rocky personal life and a screen career forged in the glamour of Hollywood’s “Golden Age” which was still going well into the 1990s.
Reynolds married singer Eddie Fisher in 1955 and had two children, Carrie and Todd. The couple divorced in 1959 after he fell for Elizabeth Taylor.
Married three times, Reynolds once said she had more luck selecting restaurants than men.
First, she had to overcome the humiliation of losing Fisher to her best friend and fellow screen icon, although the pair remained close until Taylor’s death in 2011.
In another turn of misfortune, Reynolds’s second husband, shoe magnate Harry Karl, gambled away most of her savings.
Her third marriage to real estate developer Richard Hamlett in 1985 wasn’t much more successful, ending in divorce in 1996.