obit: Debbie Reynolds age 84


Debbie Reynolds in Beverly Hills in 2013. Credit Chris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press

Debbie Reynolds, the wholesome movie ingénue in 1950s films like “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Tammy and the Bachelor” and “The Tender Trap,” died Wednesday, a day after the death of her daughter, the actress Carrie Fisher. She was 84.  Her death was confirmed by her son, Todd Fisher, The Associated Press said.

Ms. Reynolds was taken to a Los Angeles hospital on Wednesday afternoon amid reports that she had suffered a stroke. According to TMZ, she had been at the home of her son discussing funeral plans for Ms. Fisher, who died on Tuesday after having a heart attack during a flight to Los Angeles last Friday.

“She’s now with Carrie and we’re all heartbroken,” Mr. Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his mother was taken by ambulance, The A.P. said. He said the stress of his sister’s death “was too much” for his mother.

On Tuesday, Ms. Reynolds expressed gratitude to her daughter’s fans on Facebook.”Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” she wrote. “I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.”

Ms. Reynolds’s 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.