Her son, Todd Fisher, told Variety: “She wanted to be with Carrie.”
Born in El Paso, Texas, Reynolds and her family moved to California when she was eight years old. Her big break came in the immortal musical Singin’ in the Rain; she displayed a bright comic touch and held her own as a singer and dancer against Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor.
Reynolds soon soared into movie stardom, proving especially popular in light comedies like Susan Slept Here and Tammy and the Bachelor. But she could also handle roles with greater depth, as in the comic musical drama The Unsinkable Molly Brown. She earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Actress for that performance.
As her movie career waned, the talented singer focused on nightclub performances and stage productions. In the 1970s, she became a noted collector of movie memorabilia and got involved in various business ventures.
Yet she also continued her career as an actress, appearing on television and occasionally in movies, such as Heaven and Earth, In and Out and One for the Money. Probably her most notable late role came in Albert Brooks’ wonderful Mother.
Debbie Reynolds received the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award at the 88th annual Academy Awards, presented by Meryl Streep in a speech that summarizes her career.