Following the deaths of her mother Carrie Fisher and her grandmother Debbie Reynolds, “Star Wars: Episode VIII” star Billie Lourd took to Instagram to thank fans for their love and support.
“Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist,” the the 24-year-old star wrote. “There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.” The post includes a photo of Lourd as a child with Fisher and Reynolds at her side.
Fisher was rushed to the hospital Friday, December 23 after suffering a reported “massive heart attack” on an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles, only to pass away on Tuesday, December 27. Just a day after her daughter’s death, Reynolds was rushed to the hospital for a possible stroke, where she later passed away at age 84.
Best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia on “Star Wars,” the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher rose to fame with the release of the classic sci-fi film, but also became well known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including “Postcards from the Edge,” and for her career as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors, polishing screenplays for such films as “Hook,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Sister Act,” “Scream 3” and the “Star Wars” prequels.
Reynolds is a prolific actress with a storied Hollywood history. She is perhaps best known for her role as Kathy Selden in “Singin’ in the Rain,” but her past credits also include “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” “In & Out” and “Will and Grace.” She has contributed to many children’s shows and movies, from “Rugrats” to “Kim Possible” to “Charlotte’s Web,” where she voiced the title character. She also appeared as Marnie’s grandmother Aggie Cromwell in the Disney Channel original movies “Halloweentown,” “Halloween Town II” and “Halloweentown High.”
Lourd is an up and coming actress in her own right. She currently stars on Fox’s “Scream Queens,” but — following in her mother’s footsteps — had a cameo role in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” She will also appear in this year’s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” where she will have an expanded role alongside her mother.
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