Debbie Reynolds dies, for crying out loud

Just one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher died, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds followed her to the grave. According to CNN, Reynolds was admitted to a hospital this morning with breathing problems, and now she’s gone.

It’s late and I have no time to talk about Reynolds, so let me just leave one clip of her with two other Hollywood legends from one of her most famous movies:



  1. Andrea Kenner
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 8:34 pm | Permalink

    So sad.

  2. Diana MacPherson
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm | Permalink

    I read earlier she may have had a stroke. I sad.

  3. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    How tragic – it must be the worst experience for a parent to witness their child’s death.

    Not to be crass but Matthew Cobb tweeted how the guy who eradicated smallpox died this year.

    • Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

      Yes, poor Debbie Reynolds seeing her daughter die. I do want to die before my daughters, it’s sort of my duty to get out of the way.
      There are so many culturally significant people from the west who have died this year but I guess it’s just the cost of being a baby-boomer and a child of the internet and fast news.
      Even 5 hours ago I found out that the nicest man I have ever met, Uncle Joe, died today: my wife’s uncle.
      85 he was but fit and compos mentis. 2 days ago he suddenly couldn’t walk and his son and I had to walk him to the loo and give him personal care. Admitted to hospital, suddenly he died: we don’t know why.
      He used to tell a lovely story. Into his 70s he took an early-morning swim in Oxford swimming pool: 2 or 3 other old coves would be there as well, and would chat in the changing rooms afterwards.
      He was the best sort of English liberal Christian, so helpful, so urbane and so unassuming. One day at mass he met his fellow-swimmer: he was the Bishop of Oxford. Uncle Joe said to him, “Hello, My Lord, I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on.”

      • ploubere
        Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

        Sympathies for your loss. He sounds like the kind of person who made this world a better place.

      • bluemaas
        Posted December 29, 2016 at 8:21 am | Permalink

        O my, Mr O’Sullivan. I, too, am sorry
        about this happening to you / yours.
        A favored person in our lives,
        then suddenly lost to us at any time
        of the year, … … so difficult it is
        to come through this.


      • darrelle
        Posted December 29, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink

        I’m sorry to hear that Dermot.

      • Posted December 29, 2016 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

        Sorry for your loss, Dermot.

  4. Posted December 28, 2016 at 8:48 pm | Permalink

    So heartbreaking.

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  6. Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    Growing up in the 60’s, and 70’s, and being movie musical fan she was my first movie crush. An incredibly talented singer, dancer, and actress I’m saddened by her death, and the fact that I keep hearing her referred to as Carrie Fishers mother as though that’s her major claim to fame.

  7. Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:03 pm | Permalink

    Loved Debbie Reynolds. That dance scene from Singin’ is stupendous.

    A sad example of cause and effect looking like coincidence.

    • mordacious1
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 2:37 am | Permalink

      The thing about “Singing in the Rain” that astounds me (still), is that Ms. Reynolds was not a dancer by profession. She was signed to dance with two of the greatest male dancers of all time. Not only did she pull it off, she nailed it. She was AMAZING!

      • Larry
        Posted December 30, 2016 at 3:15 am | Permalink

        It truly was amazing that she performed right alongside them – truly a talented person.

  8. W.Benson
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    Go away 2016.

    • barn owl
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 6:42 am | Permalink

      Trending hypothesis for 2016 is that this year’s script was written by George R. R. Martin.

      • Posted December 29, 2016 at 9:48 am | Permalink

        I suspect there are enough data points to push that hypothesis toward the theory level.

      • busterggi
        Posted December 29, 2016 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        You mean the real bad stuff still hasn’t happened?!?

        • GBJames
          Posted December 29, 2016 at 10:45 am | Permalink

          I expect a rough couple of days.

      • busterggi
        Posted December 29, 2016 at 10:42 am | Permalink

        You mean the real bad stuff still hasn’t happened?!?

  9. jwthomas
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 10:17 pm | Permalink

    Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds, Donald O’Connor: “Singin’ in the Rain” (1952) directed by Stanley Donen, choreographed by Kelly.

    They don’t make movies or movie stars like that any more.

  10. Ken Kukec
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 10:30 pm | Permalink

    Debbie Reynolds may have been a mixed bag as the mother of Carrie Fisher, but she was great as Albert Brooks’s Mother in the movie of that name.

  11. Dawn Oz
    Posted December 28, 2016 at 10:37 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great dance post – so familiar! Sad that another great has left us in the bad ole 2016.

  12. Posted December 29, 2016 at 12:07 am | Permalink

    I had a feeling this would happen. Also, the day Zsa Zsa Gabor died, her stepson was fatally injured in a motorcycle crash on Mulholland Drive (L.A., California). It almost seems intended. He died shortly after her, though also not on the same day.

    • barn owl
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 12:37 pm | Permalink

      I try not to read too much into such events, but it’s hard not to, and perhaps there’s something to them. One of my mom’s cousins died soon after her youngest son, an adult with Down syndrome, had died very unexpectedly. She was active in the AQHA and competed on her beloved reining horses well into her 70s, pretty much right up until the day she died. Wasn’t feeling well, went up to her hotel room to take a nap, and never woke up.

      • Posted December 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

        I think sometimes, we stay alive to help and protect those we love, even if it’s past our own time, and then, when they go, we’re release and can also let go.

        As for Zsa Zsa, correction: Zsa Zsa’s final husband (of 30 years, through her passing) was a younger man who bought his own adoption into a royal family. Then, he and Zsa Zsa adopted other adults, for a fee, into their royal “blood” line. One of their adopted sons died in a motorcycle accident, hit by a car, on Mulholland Drive, a curvy road at the top of some peaks in the Los Angeles area. His also-adopted sibling left a touching message. Their adoptive father didn’t realize the loss until a day or so later, because he thought this son was traveling in Germany. (Quite the Peyton Place!) No telling whether the motorcycling son knew Zsa Zsa had passed or how deep their family relationship actually was.

  13. GBJames
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 6:41 am | Permalink

    The only thing making me not want 2016 to end is my fear of 2017.

  14. barn owl
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I think Miyazaki films have been recommended to PCC(E) by a number of readers, and perhaps Kiki’s Delivery Service would be a good choice this week. Debbie Reynolds voiced one of the characters in the English-dubbed version. And of course there’s a fine black cat character, Jiji.

  15. Mike
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 8:40 am | Permalink


  16. Jeremy Tarone
    Posted December 29, 2016 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    Most people die with little accomplished and little or no fan fare. The celebrities that have died have left works that will live on long into the future. Many had lives of wealth and travel and experiences that many will never get to experience.

    I knew a woman at the long term care home I worked at, she was 60 when I first met her. She was institutionalized when she was 13 after she got polio. She lived the vast majority of her life in a care home (and she was a relatively happy person, or put up a good front).

    When I was 8 my step father took me to his work at a long term care home when he was called in to fix the elevator. We had to walk through the brain trauma ward. Men and women who were going to spend the rest of their lives in bed. Their lives would be spent trapped in what little of their minds they had left. The youngest was a 16 year old who had been in a vehicle crash.

    At the care home I worked at it was usual for someone to die every week. When I started working there I thought the staff were callous, but the reality is soon I was the same. People die, and when they (we) get older, they (we) are more likely to die.
    It’s unfortunate when people die, worse when they die young, but people die and most of the celebrities, scientists and medical researchers lived well and left behind works that will live long into the future.

    We are all going to die. Hopefully, someone will be there for us, to hold our hand, ease our suffering, delete our browsing history and burn that cardboard box under the bed.

    • Jonathan Wallace
      Posted December 29, 2016 at 3:08 pm | Permalink

      I’m a little confused about the point you are trying to make here. Yes we are all going to die – I think we all understand that. Are you saying we shouldn’t regret it when people do die or that we just shouldn’t regret it when celebrities die as they have lived well (not always!) and left behind works that will endure into the future?

      It is natural and normal to grieve the death of people who have played a big role in our lives – whether they are friends and family with close personal ties or those we have never known personally but who we have admired for their achievements. The grief is surely connected to our own loss not sympathy for the departed person who wont be enjoying any more time ‘living well’ (or not so well).

  17. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted December 31, 2016 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    I saw a tw##t from Golden Age of Hollywood today that helped raise my spirits a bit – Kirk Douglas and Olivia DeHavilland both celebrated their 100th birthdays today.

    • ThyroidPlanet
      Posted December 31, 2016 at 8:14 pm | Permalink

      No not today – this year – sorry – just a couple hours left.

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