Hollywood icons Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were one mother-daughter duo that got plenty of people talking back in the day.
The pair, who tragically died within just 24 hours of each other in 2016, got on that well that they were next-door neighbours for the last 15 years of their lives. However, Carrie and Debbie had not always been so close.
Throughout their lives in the spotlight, the pair spoke candidly about the ups and downs of their relationship. And things were apparently that bad between them, that for 10 years Carrie refused to speak to her mega-famous mum.
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It’s fair to say Carrie, better known as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise, and Debbie’s relationship was not all smooth sailing. But it was also slightly unconventional.
In 2016, Carrie revealed that her mum, who was a successful actress for almost 70 years, offered to watch her have sex when she was 15. And according to the actress, this was so Debbie could “give instructions.”
Writing in her autobiography, The Princess Diarist, Carrie recalls her sexual and romantic relationships. She also revealed she had fallen in love, and slept with, gay men – including a Broadway performer named Albert.
She said: “There was… Albert, who was a dancer in the Broadway show Irene with Debbie. He was attractive… and we used to make out in the dressing rooms.
“My mom knew about this, so what the f*ck was that about? I was only fifteen, and I was jailbait, and my mom said, ‘If you want to have sex with Albert, I’ll watch if you like so I can give instructions.”
At the time, Carrie claimed her mum’s career was flopping, which she reckons resulted in her slightly unorthodox parenting. She recalled: “To be fair, my mom was really distracted then — her whole life was falling apart, so she was trying to anchor it by providing some admittedly… eccentric motherly love.”
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In 2016 on October 21, Carrie sadly passed away at 60-years-old after she suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight. However, the following day Debbie suffered a "severe" stroke whilst planning Carrie’s funeral. She was at the home of her son, director and cinematographer Todd Fisher.
The actress, who was known for films such as Singin' in the Rain and Bundle of Joy, died later that afternoon, aged 84, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Her son, Todd, later revealed that shortly before she died Reynolds said, "I want to be with Carrie."
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