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B'way dims its lights for Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

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Debbie Reynolds (1932 - 2016) & Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016)
Debbie Reynolds (1932 - 2016) & Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016)

In accordance with The Broadway League, the Broadway theatres will dim their marquee lights tonight in memory of Tony nominee Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher. The lights will be dimmed at exactly 7:45pm tonight for one minute.

President Charlotte St. Martin commented:

"Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were entertainment legends who delighted fans around the world on stage, on screen and on the page. Their unmistakable bond and ability to make audiences laugh, cry, sing and think will be remembered by all those they touched. Our sincere thoughts are with their family, friends, colleagues and fans."
Ms. Reynolds was born in El Paso, Texas on April 1, 1932 and passed away on December 28, 2016 in Los Angeles California, at the age of 84. Her daughter Carrie was born October 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, and died a day before her mother on December 27.

Both mother and daughter made their Broadway debuts in the 1973 revival of musical comedy 'Irene,' for which Ms. Reynolds earned a Tony nomination for "Best Actress in a Musical." Ms. Reynolds returned to Broadway in 1976 for her own musical revue 'Debbie' and then assumed the role of Tess Harding in 'Woman of the Year' in the early 1980s. Ms. Fisher also starred on the Great White Way in a short-lived 'Censored Scenes From King Kong' in 1980, 'Agnes of God' (1982-1983) and in the self-penned solo play 'Wishful Drinking' (2009-2010), earning a Drama Desk Award nomination.

They were also, of course, widely known for their Hollywood careers. Ms. Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination in 1965 for "The Unsinkable Molly Brown" and a total of 5 Golden Globe nominations and 1 Emmy nomination. Her most notable screen credits include "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), "The Affairs of Dobie Gillis" (1953), "Susan Slept Here" (1954), "Bundle of Joy" (1956), "The Catered Affair" (1956), and "Tammy and the Bachelor" (1957).

Ms. Fisher's most iconic film role is Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" movie franchise, including appearances in "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope" (1977), "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back" (1980), "Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi" (1983), "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" (2015) and is also set to appear in this year's "Star Wars: Episode VIII," which had already concluding filming.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are survived by Debbie's son/Carrie's brother Todd Fisher and Debbie's granddaughter/Carrie's daughter Billie Lourd.

- by Tom Millward

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