While many mourned the death of Carrie Fisher, I was curious about her mother’s reaction, the unthinkable sadness of losing a child, at any age.
Debbie Reynolds died a day after her daughter. They say she suffered a stroke, and a broken heart.
In her only Oscar nominated performance, Debbie Reynolds brought to the screen the fictionalized story of Titanic survivor, Margaret Brown.
The 1964 film, “The Unsinkable Molly Brown” was a favorite for me, for so many reasons.
The real Molly Brown was an American socialite, philanthropist, actress who was born a poor Irish immigrant.
She met and married J.J. Brown, a Colorado miner who came into a gold fortune that propelled them into Denver society.
She studied language and culture and found herself among European royalty when she boarded the Titanic in 1912 for its infamous first voyage.
It was said that she did insist that the lifeboat captain turn around to rescue others from the ocean, and though the story could not be verified, she became a legend on her return to Denver.
Reynolds captured the indomitable nature for which Molly Brown was known, in her spirited and memorable performance.
Much has been written about the fame, fortune and tragedy that manifested in this family that was considered Hollywood royalty. But when all was said and done, they were family.
Debbie Reynolds, at age 84, seemed to be unsinkable.
Tragically, she was not.
Rest in peace, daughter and mother.