In Memoriam: Debbie Reynolds

Debbie Reynolds is one of the actresses that always seemed to be there.  On one hand I knew her as Carrie Fisher’s mom, but I also knew her as a classic film actress.  I haven’t seen too many of her films, but her name being on the list was always a point in the favor of the film for me.

Besides the films, a friend and I had been writing various stories together and had come up with this character named Mama Todd.  Debbie Reynolds was our face for the character.

My favorite Debbie Reynolds movie was a bio-pic called ‘The Unsinkable Molly Brown’, where she played the titular character. Molly Brown is most known for surviving the Titanic.  Its actually one of my favorite classic films.

The Trailer:

Another favorite,and probably more well known, is of course Singin’ in the Rain where she plays Kathy, a singer who plays the voice of an actress when the movie is slated to become a talkie rather than a silent.

Of course the most known scene:

Another movie I recently saw of hers that I found hilarious was These Old Broads, and worth it for this scene:

 

In memoriam: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher
Source: wikipedia

I kept hoping for better news this week, but today Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter confirmed her mother had passed away after a heart attack on Friday.  

Carrie has been a big part of my childhood as Princess Leia, and she always impressed me with her ability to use humor to deal with things others would let bog them down.  She had issues, but made sure to use her platform as a media spotlighted person to bring awareness so others could be helped. 

Carrie grew up in the spotlight, the daughter of actors Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher.  But it didn’t really put her to the forefront till she became Princess Leia at 21. It is that role she will probably be the most remembered for.  She played the role for 40 years. She also was in the movie When Harry met Sally as Sally’s best friend who finally finds love with Harry’s best friend. 

She wrote many autobiographical books as well as pushed for awareness of mental illness.

Farwell, Princess.  Thank you for the years of laughter, and activism and the movies that will live on. My thoughts go out to your family and friends.

David Bowie

I woke up to the news today that David Bowie died last night after a long battle with cancer.  I wasn’t aware that he had been sick.  It was only a few days ago a friend and I were discussing him because it was his birthday.

David Bowie was one of those artists where I enjoyed them but was never OOOOH MUST HAVE about when a new album came out.  He was always in the background.  He was an artist you had to respect even if you didn’t like his music.

I grew up with David Bowie music.  His career spanned decades and ranged in style.  He showed up on soundtracks often, and a few movies as well.  I think part of me thought he’d be putting out new music for a few more decades.   So today with his passing, it seems like there is a hole in the fabric of music.

One of my favorite childhood movies was Labyrinth where he starred as Jareth, the king of the Goblins.   The soundtrack is also one of my favorites and he wrote most of the songs on the album if I remember correctly

Here are a pair of my favorite songs from the movie:

 

RIP David Bowie.  You will be missed.