December 29, 2016 at 10:52 AM
Their deaths rocked the entertainment world and fans all over. Soon, the outpouring of grief spilled onto social media, where celebrities, family members and fans mourned the tragic passing of daughter, and then mother.
"Some of the magic people have left the tribe," Fisher's half-sister, actress Joely Fisher, tweeted Wednesday evening. "For the moment I am inconsolable."
Todd Fisher, son of Reynolds, told the Associated Press "she's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken."
"She wanted to be with Carrie," he told Variety.
Hollywood is full of entertainers who worked with either or both of the actresses. In addition to her role in the "Star Wars" films, Fisher had numerous movie and television parts, was a best-selling author and a legendary script doctor, helping to punch up many movie scripts. Reynolds had her breakout moment with the 1952 musical "Singin' in the Rain," but went on to have a career that spanned movies, Broadway and television, from "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" to "Will & Grace."
Although they had a fraught relationship for many years — Fisher's semi-autobiographical 1987 novel "Postcards From the Edge" explored life with a glamorous mother — the pair eventually reconciled. A documentary about their lives together is scheduled to air in 2017 on HBO.
Bother Reynolds and Fisher were considered Hollywood royalty, whose work in front of the camera, on stage and as advocates for various causes inspired numerous other performers.