The 84-year-old was at the home of her son, Todd Fisher, according to TMZ, planning funeral arrangements for Carrie Fisher, the Star Wars icon who died Tuesday at 60. The Los Angeles County Fire Department said the female patient – with whom they refused to identify – was in “fair to serious” condition.
Although there’s been no confirmation, TMZ also reports that Reynolds may have suffered a stroke. The news outlet showed video of an ambulance leaving Todd Fisher’s home.
Reynolds is famous in her own right, making her break in the famous 1952 classic Singin’ in the Rain with Gene Kelly when she was just 19. She earned an Oscar nomination in 1965 for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, an award that was instead taken that year by Julie Andrews for Mary Poppins.
Her most recent screen appearance was in HBO’s Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra, where she played mother to Michael Douglas’ Liberace.
Medical studies have shown that while the loss of a loved one is almost always traumatic for those close to that person, a parent losing a child can be even more troubling – even if that child is an adult. One research project conducted in 2010 said parents losing their children can elicit “severe anxiety and other negative emotions associated with the loss.”
“Parents might also experience guilt about having been unable to protect the child. Furthermore, because the death of a child defies the expected order of life events, many parents experience the event as a challenge to basic existential assumptions.”
Although Reynolds and Fisher had a rocky on-again, off-again relationship over the younger’s lifetime, the two had been quite close in recent years. Fisher said she rebelled from her mother soon after Star Wars premiered in 1977, because she was looking to find her own identity away from her celebrity parents.
Fisher wrote what was later called a semi-autobiographical book about her relationship with Reynolds called Postcards from the Edge, which was later made into a film starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Fisher died Tuesday after suffering what was called a “cardiac event” the Friday before on a plane trip home from London. Although she was resuscitated at the Los Angeles airport, reports are that Fisher never regained consciousness.
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