Hollywood pays tribute to 'national treasure' Debbie Reynolds

HOLLYWOOD >> An outpouring of condolences and tributes poured in Thursday for actress, dancer and singer Debbie Reynolds, who died Wednesday at age 84 just one day after the death of her beloved daughter, “Star Wars” actress and author Carrie Fisher.

Late Thursday morning, flowers were placed by the Hollywood Historic Trust on one of Reynolds’ two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She has stars for her work in movies and on stage.

Fans, however, began leaving flowers and other mementos on her stars almost immediately after Reynolds died late Wednesday afternoon. One fan left an umbrella in recognition of Reynolds’ signature role as aspiring Hollywood starlet Kathy Selden in 1952’s “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Funeral services were still pending for Reynolds and Fisher, who died Tuesday at age 60, four days after suffering cardiac arrest while on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was best known for her role as Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” films, and in the more recent re-boot, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Reynolds was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center by ambulance from the Hollywood Hills home of her son, film producer Todd Fisher, around midday Wednesday. After his mother died, Todd Fisher told reporters that Reynolds “wanted to be with Carrie.” He said Reynolds was always caring for her beloved daughter, and with Reynolds’ recent history of health problems, Carrie Fisher’s death was apparently just too much…

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