They say that the worst experience for a parent is to witness the death of their child. On Tuesday December 27th, actress and writer Carrie Fisher died at age 60 following a cardiac arrest last week. Fisher was best known for the playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films, a role she originated in 1977 when she was nineteen years old. In a shocking tragedy, Fisher’s mother legendary MGM star Debbie Reynolds died on Wednesday December 28th of a stroke. Reynolds was 84. Reynolds, who also sang and danced was known for her many films including “Singing in the Rain”and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown”. She also originated the title role in the “Tammy” films. The Texas native was also a stage and nightclub performer. Fisher’s father was singer actor Eddie Fisher who famously left Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor. Reynolds and Taylor were best friends at the time. Later in life Reynolds and Taylor reconciled. Fisher wrote about her relationship with her mother in the semi-autobiographical novel “Post Cards from the Edge” which was later adapted for film with Shirley Maclaine playing the Reynolds character and Meryl Streep cast as the Fisher character.
Rest in peace Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. The mother and daughter are now together in heaven.
Leonora Cravotta is the Program & Talent Director for Red State Talk Radio, the Co-Host for the Scott Adams Show, a political radio talk show, and a syndicated writer for conservative publications.