Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds have been reunited in death after the 84-year-old Singin’ In The Rain actress passed away just a day after her daughter. 

Reynolds died Wednesday following ‘a stroke’.

Although close in recent years, the talented mother and daughter actresses didn’t always see eye-to-eye.

When the Star Wars actress was in her youth, she refrained from talking to her mother for 10 years.

They became closer, however, when she got older, according to People and eventually became neighbors. 

Struggle: Carrie Fisher grew up with a very famous mother: Debbie Reynolds of Singin’ In The Rain fame. And they didn’t always see eye-to-eye. When the Star Wars actress was in her youth, she refrained from talking to her mother for 10 years. Pictured 2014

‘It took like 30 years for Carrie to be really happy with me,’ Reynolds told People in an interview before both their deaths.

‘I don’t know what the problem ever was. I’ve had to work at it. I’ve always been a good mother, but I’ve always been in show business, and I’ve been on stage and I don’t bake cookies and I don’t stay home.

‘It’s very hard when your child doesn’t want to talk to you and you want to talk to them, and you want to touch them, you want to hold them,’ said Reynolds.

‘It was a total estrangement. She didn’t talk to me for probably 10 years. So that was the most difficult time of all. Very painful, very heartbreaking,’ Reynolds added.

As a baby: Here Carrie is seen with mother and father Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher in 1957 

A documentary about their lives ‘Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ is due to premiere on HBO in March which explores their relationship.

Fisher had told Oprah Winfrey in a 2011 interview: ‘We had a fairly volatile relationship earlier on in my 20s.

‘I didn’t want to be around her. I did not want to be Debbie Reynolds’ daughter.

‘The family is organized [around] the parents, [whereas] normally the family is organized around raising the child.’ 

Hard times: ‘We had a fairly volatile relationship earlier on in my 20s,’ Fisher told Oprah Winfrey. ‘I didn’t want to be around her. I did not want to be Debbie Reynolds’ daughter.’ Pictured 1997

And according to, in an interview on NPR’s Fresh Air with host Terry Gross, Fisher admits that she wasn’t a fan of ‘celebrity’ as a child.

She said: ‘When we went out, people sort of walked over me to get her. And, no, I didn’t like it. I didn’t like it. And I – you know, people thought that – I overheard someone saying, well, she thinks she’s so great because she’s Debbie Reynolds’ daughter. And I didn’t like it.

‘It made me different from other people, and I wanted to be the same. I wanted to be, you know, just no different than anybody else.’

Three generations: Reynolds and Fisher in 2015 with Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, who is also an actress

Carrie died on Tuesday after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to LA. 

The next day Reynolds, 84, shared a sweet tribute on Facebook: ‘Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop.’

Reynolds died Wednesday as a result of a stroke according to TMZ.  

The 84-year-old was taken to hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday from her son Todd Fisher’s Beverly Hills house.

The pair are said to have been planning Fisher’s funeral when Reynolds took ill. An ambulance was leaving the property shortly after 1pm.

Hours later, Todd confirmed his mother had died, telling TMZ: ‘She’s with Carrie’.

He later revealed his mother’s final words to be: ‘I want to be with Carrie’ and described how she had ‘cracked with grief’ on the morning of her death. 

Learning to adjust: The Star Wars icon lived a life of drugs followed by rehab, which left her mother to constantly worry. Here they are when things got better in 1995

As Carrie blossomed into a teenager and a young adult, her life began to spiral out of control when she started using drugs, including heroin and cocaine.

In the same interview with Oprah, Reynolds revealed that her daughter ‘collapsed’ during filming, leaving her mother in complete worry.

‘It was a terrifying night,’ she had said. ‘It was just pouring rain, so you can picture you’re in the car with the rain smashing against the windshield and you’re crying like mad and you don’t know if your daughter is going to be alive when you get there.’

Time apart: The mom and daughter went nearly 10 years without speaking to each other. Here they are in Los Angeles together in January 2015

There was a point where the Princess Leia icon ended up in rehab and was eventually diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Once she hit her later 20’s, she didn’t speak to her mother for nearly 10 years. 

Debbie recalled this time as ‘very painful’ and ‘heartbreaking.’ 

It took approximately 30 years before the ladies were able to share comfort with each other again. Carrie could’ve lost her life at a much younger age if she didn’t seek help, which would’ve left her mother more devastated.

But as time went on and the brunette beauty was able to get her life on track, she and Debbie found peace as mom and daughter.

The big time: Carrie his massive fame with Star Wars. Here she is seen in Return Of The Jedi in 1983 with Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill

And they became so close that they ended up living next door to each other. Fisher shared the info for the HBO documentary saying: ‘Mother and I live next door to each other, separated by one daunting hill. I usually come to her. I always come to her.’ 

Reynolds had spoken fondly of Fisher and her struggles saying: ‘I admire that she is alive, that she has chosen to make it.

‘It would have been easy to give up and give in and to keep doing drugs. I always feel, as a mother does, that I protect her. I want happiness for my daughter. I want Carrie to be happy.’ 

And Fisher also had nothing but good words to say about her mom in the Fresh Air interview adding: ‘I just admire my mother very much. She also annoys me sometimes when she’s, you know, mad at the nurses. But, you know, she’s an extraordinary woman, extraordinary.

‘There are very few women from her generation who worked like that, who just kept a career going all her life and raised children and had horrible relationships and lost all her money and got it back again. I mean, she’s had an amazing life, and she’s someone to admire.’

Never forgotten: Fisher died on Tuesday from a heart attack. Here she is at the premiere for Star Wars: The Force Awakens in London in December 2015 with dog Gary


Courtesy: Daily Mail Online

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *