Debbie Reynolds, who rose to prominence as wide-eyed starlet Kathy Selden in 1952's Singin' in the Rain and whose career took her from Hollywood to Broadway and the cabaret stage, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, after reportedly suffering a stroke at her son's home. She was 84. Reynolds was hospitalized only a day after the death of her daughter, actress and author Carrie Fisher of Star Wars fame. Fisher suffered a heart attack near the end of a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23 and was treated at a nearby hospital, where she later died.
Born Mary Frances Reynolds in 1932, Reynolds won the Miss Burbank beauty contest while still a high school student and soon after landed a contract with Warner Brothers, where she acquired her new name. She first garnered attention in a memorable role as the singer Helen Kane in the 1950 musical biopic, Three Little Words. She scored a top-three hit with the song "Aba Daba Honeymoon," a duet with Carleton Carpenter, the following year.