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.
#DebbieReynolds has just died. This is too hard to comprehend. Beautiful, talented, devoted to her craft, she follows Carrie, dead days ago.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 29, 2016
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.”
Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can't believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie.
— Albert Brooks (@AlbertBrooks) December 29, 2016
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.
— Debra Messing (@DebraMessing) December 29, 2016
How shocked we were to learn that Debbie Reynolds passed away just a day after her daughter Carrie. I loved & worked both of these icons.
— carl reiner (@carlreiner) December 29, 2016
— Joan Collins (@Joancollinsdbe) December 29, 2016
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.
I'll never say no to you… pic.twitter.com/bZjB92d7W2
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) December 29, 2016
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.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 29, 2016
An actress, a trailblazer and hero, rest in peace Debbie Reynolds. pic.twitter.com/f1jId7Qz4R
— The Academy (@TheAcademy) December 29, 2016
My favorite Debbie Reynolds recording. She was one of the last of the true H'wood talents: actress, singer, dancer: https://t.co/67zWUUHDhv
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 29, 2016
Debbie Reynolds helped light my passion for performing with Singin' in The Rain. She will always be an icon. Rest with Carrie, Debbie.
— Grant Gustin (@grantgust) December 29, 2016
As a kid, we had a VCR & 3 VHS tapes: Wizard of Oz, Star Wars, Singin' In The Rain. Watched each maybe 100 times. All were huge influences.
— Chris Miller (@chrizmillr) December 29, 2016