Stars Pay Tribute to Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood Icon and Carrie Fisher’s Mom

Debbie Reynolds
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There’s been an outpouring of grief on the web as celebrities pay tribute to Debbie Reynolds, Hollywood icon and mother of Carrie Fisher. Reynolds died Wednesday afternoon, one day after her daughter passed away at the age of 60. She was 84.

A talented singer and actress, Reynolds appeared in many movies and stage productions spanning decades. She is survived by a son Todd and her granddaughter Billie.

Younger audiences will remember Reynolds as Grace Adler’s showbiz mom from “Will & Grace.”

Close friend Carol Channing wrote: “She was beautiful and generous. It seems like only yesterday she was having lunch here at the house and we were discussing
the possibility of working together in a new show.  I have such fond memories of appearing with her here at the McCallum Theater in Palm Springs. So many laughs. My prayers go out to the family. She will be missed.”

Added Reynolds’ costar Rip Taylor: “I was blessed to work with this remarkable woman for 45 almost 50 years. That makes for a very rare bond and unique relationship. She was generous to a fault, never caring who got the laugh from the audience. I Will always love her. I am absolutely devastated tonight!”

Read some of the online tributes below:

Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother and Reynolds’ son, wrote: “This is a beautiful love story to witness in my 58 years. I miss them both so much. Love is everlasting.”

Albert Brooks wrote: “Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can’t believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.”

Larry King wrote: “Debbie Reynolds was pure class. She was loving, talented, beautiful, unsinkable. I feel sorry for anyone who never got a chance to meet her.”

Debra Messing wrote: “So heartsick. Debbie went to be with Carrie. It’s such a devastating 1,2 punch. She was my “mom” for years & I loved her dearly. A legend.”

Sean Hayes wrote: “It is beyond astonishing that both & have left this earth. I overwhelmingly adored & admired them both.”

Eric McCormack wrote: “The combination of the loss of & then her mom is too much. I’m really at a loss here…

Bette Midler wrote: “ has just died. This is too hard to comprehend. Beautiful, talented, devoted to her craft, she follows Carrie, dead days ago.”

Mark Hamill wrote: #CruelCruelYear

William Shatner wrote: “Debbie Reynolds was one of the last of Hollywood Royalty. It breaks my heart that she is gone. I’d hoped that my grieving was done for 2016.”

Ellen wrote: “I can’t imagine what Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ family are going through this week. I send all of my love.”

Anna Kendrick wrote: “American treasure.”


Martha Plimpton wrote: “Carrie, watching her mother from the wings.”

Constance Zimmer wrote: “The most incredible love is when one can’t live without the other…

Debbie Allen wrote, “Debbie Reynolds, God is holding you and Carrie in his hands. We will always speak your name.”

Dane Cook wrote: “Damn. RIP Debbie Reynolds. Legendary entertainer. I’m sure broken hearted by the loss of her daughter.”

Ricki Lake wrote, “That is the saddest thing. So sorry for the whole family. Rip #CarrieFisher and #DebbieReynolds.”

Gabrielle Carteris wrote: “Painfully sad – there are no words 4 loss of Debbie Reynolds & Carrie Fisher. 2 vibrant, talented – moving spirits.”


Grant Gustin wrote: “Debbie Reynolds helped light my passion for performing with Singin’ in The Rain. She will always be an icon. Rest with Carrie, Debbie.”

Ariana Grande wrote: “i love you billie. so so much. rest in peace, debbie reynolds.”

Jamie Lee Curtis wrote: “There are no words. Just that we all want 2 surround Billie with loving strength & support. Please give her space media. Please. Please.”


Gloria Gaynor wrote: “So sad to learn of @DebbieReynolds1 passing …an American icon and Hollywood legend.”

Mira Sorvino wrote: “What a tragedy! First Carrie, now her legendary mother Debbie Reynolds- my deepest and condolences to their family!!”

Dwayne Johnson wrote: “So blown away and saddened by this Debbie Reynolds news a day after her daughter, Carrie passes away. So much luv & strength to their family.”


Gary Marsh, the president and CCO of Disney Channel wrote: “Through her role as the magical Grandmother Agatha Cromwell in four ‘Halloweentown’ movies, Debbie Reynolds became as beloved by Disney Channel viewers as she was by their parents and grandparents. We join the film, theatre, recording and TV community in extending our condolences to her family.”