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People: Debbie Reynolds Had a Reason to Live for Her Granddaughter after Carrie Fisher Died

Afouda Bamidele
Jan 03, 2021
12:20 A.M.
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Although Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds is late, she wanted to live and be strong for her granddaughter, Billie Lourd after her daughter, Carrie Fisher, tragically passed on in 2016.

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The world of showbiz was thrown into a mournful mood after the death of the mother-daughter duo and TV stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher which happened four years ago.

Although Fisher's death deeply affected Reynolds, she wanted to live for her granddaughter, Billie Lourd. The star grandma passed on just a day after her daughter, Fisher lost her life. While Fisher was aged 60, Reynolds had been 84.

Actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, at Dame Elizabeth Taylor's 75th birthday party at the Ritz-Carlton, Lake Las Vegas on February 27, 2007 | Photo: Getty Images

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According to a close source, the Oscar-winning actress’ heart gave out as she could not endure the pain of losing her daughter. Despite her fate, Reynolds felt a will to live and stay strong for Lourd.

When Fisher was growing up, her mom’s fame aided a strain in their relationship.

Actress Debbie Reynolds pictured smiling while posing in a green shirt and wide-brimmed salmon pink hat on January 01, 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

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The source noted that they had no idea how long the late star would have lived but she wanted to be there for her granddaughter. However she did not survive the stroke and it ended her life.

While alive, friends and family got to see the admirable mother-daughter relationship between Reynold and Fisher, and how the pair inspired impressive motherhood.

Honoree Debbie Reynolds and actress Carrie Fisher pose in the press room at the 21st Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 25, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

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The matriarch had been one who put her daughter’s needs at a high and utmost priority. The source noted that Fisher was the person Reynolds loved the most in the world.

The duo’s relationship was often in the spotlight since Reynolds, who starred in “The Singing Nun,” welcomed Fisher in 1956. The relationship was at first complicated because of how “Star Wars” star Fisher lived in her mom’s shadow.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at the 2nd Annual "Runway for Life" celebrity fashion show at the Beverly Hilton August 19, 2003 | Photo: Getty Images

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When Fisher was growing up, her mom’s fame aided a strain in their relationship. Reynolds once noted in an interview that she initially wanted a simple kind of mother that "baked and did embroidery but what she got was showbiz."

However with time, Fisher drew closer to her mom when she showed interest in showbiz. Reynolds was said to be a protective mother who once prevented an offscreen romance between Fisher and her fellow star, Warren Beatty.

Carrie Fisher at the US-Ireland Aliiance's Oscar Wilde Awards event at J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot on February 19, 2015 | Photo: Getty Images

During Reynolds' death in 2016, her son, Todd, noted that the trauma from losing her daughter was too much of a burden. He added that his mom’s last word had been about Fisher.

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