Her father, singer Eddie Fisher, abandoned his family to marry Elizabeth Taylor (who would later abandon him to marry Richard Burton). He died in 2010.
Reynolds was known for playing the wholesome ingenue in scores of classic movies. She also sang and danced on stage and in musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain.
Carrie lived a life plagued with mental illness and drug addiction, which she chronicled with sensitivity and wit in a series of memoirs and novels. She had been estranged from her mother for many years, but they reconciled and became close. Reynolds was reportedly devastated by her daughter’s death and her emotional devastation brought on her death.
Carrie was a “princess” of Hollywood royalty, and the story of her family is one of both great cruelty and great love.