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Hollywood actress, singer and dancer Debbie Reynolds has died a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher (click for more)

Reynolds, who starred in Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly, told her son Todd Fisher that she would “like to be with Carrie again”, just 15 minutes before she suffered a severe stroke.

Reynolds, 84, who played Debra Messing’s mother in the TV sitcom Will & Grace. was making funeral arrangements for her Star Wars actress daughter who died after suffering a heart attack on Christmas Eve.

Ms Messing tweeted: “She was my ‘mom’ for years & I loved her dearly. A legend.”

Reynolds was nominated for an Academy Award for her work in 1964’s The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Her marriage to Eddie Fisher ended in divorce after his affair with her best friend Elizabeth Taylor. She married and divorced twice more.

Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia, was 60, and had suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to the US.

She also starred in The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, and wrote four novels.

Fisher made her film debut in the 1975 movie Shampoo. She played Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, reprising the role in last year’s The Force Awakens.

Actress Liz Smith, who appeared in the comedy series The Royle Family, has died aged 95.

The Bafta award winner whose real name was Betty Gleadle, starred in the sitcom for its three series from 1998 to 2000 and again in the 2006 special The Queen of Sheba, which told the story of her character’s death.

Earlier this year her co-star and writer of the series Caroline Aherne died from lung cancer.

Smith was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2009 and announced her retirement that year.

She had suffered three strokes within two days and was diagnosed with aphasia, a condition that impedes speech.



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