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Actress Debbie Reynolds dies a day after her daughter Carrie Fisher

Published:Wednesday | December 28, 2016 | 12:34 PM
In this Sept. 10, 2011, file photo, Debbie Reynolds, left, and Carrie Fisher arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.

LOS ANGELES (AP) —
Actress Debbie Reynolds, the star of the 1952 classic 'Singin' in the Rain' has died.

She was 84.

Her son, Todd Fisher, said Reynolds died Wednesday, a day after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who was 60.

"She's now with Carrie and we're all heartbroken," Fisher said from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where his mother was taken by ambulance earlier Wednesday.

He said the stress of his sister's death "was too much" for Reynolds.

Reynolds enjoyed the very heights of show business success and endured the depths of personal tragedy and betrayal.

She lost one husband to Elizabeth Taylor and two other husbands plundered her for millions. 

Fisher, who found lasting fame as Princess Leia in 'Star Wars' and struggled for much of her life with drug addiction and mental health problems, died on Tuesday after falling ill on a plane and being hospitalised.

In her screen career, Reynolds was a superstar early in life.

After two minor roles at Warner Bros. and three supporting roles at MGM, studio boss Louis B. Mayer cast her in 'Singin' in the Rain' despite Kelly's objections.

She was 19 with little dance experience, and she would be appearing with two of the screen's greatest dancers, Donald O'Connor and Kelly, who also co-directed.