The Singin’ in the Rain legend and the Star Wars icon had a fierce mother-daughter bond in life and in death—just one day apart
A Lifetime Together “Debbie and Carrie [in 2011] loved each other,” says producer Ilene Amy Berg, who worked with both on 2001’s These Old Broads. “But they had a complicated and also very funny relationship.”


A Lifetime Together Fisher (watching Reynolds perform in 1963) “was mesmerized by her mother,” says photographer Lawrence Schiller.


Three Generations On Jan. 2 Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd (with Reynolds and Fisher in 2015) posted, “There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby.”

MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT Eddie Fisher, Reynolds and Carrie ca. 1957.

America’s Sweetheart

MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT Reynolds, Todd and Carrie celebrate Christmas in 1963.


MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT Carrie called the mansion they lived in with Reynolds’s second husband “the embassy.”


MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT They performed at the Screen Actors Guild Awards in 1974.

MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT At a fashion show at the Beverly Hilton in 1971.

A Force of Nature

MOTHER-DAUGHTER ACT The family at the 1973 Broadway debut of Irene, starring Reynolds and Carrie.

On the way to an awards show, Carrie Fisher was asked what connected her and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, besides the red carpet beneath their feet. “Oh, we’re always on a red carpet,” she joked. “A red carpet connects our homes.” It was close to the truth. “At the one end of the family compound in Beverly Hills lived Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ in the Rain, with Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz on the mantelpiece,” said Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, who shared written memories exclusively with People after filming the pair in 2014 and 2015 for the new HBO documentary Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, airing Jan. 7. “Adjacent was Princess Leia, in a house

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