Her son, Todd Fisher, said his mother was under stress due to Fisher's death, and she suffered a stroke at around noon. He also said Reynolds told him she missed Fisher and wanted to be with her. In the 1950s and 1960s, Reynolds, born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, was one of MGM's principal stars, and she received a Best Actress Oscar nomination for her role in 1964's The Unsinkable Molly Brown.
In the late 1950s, her private life became public when her husband Eddie Fisher left her for Elizabeth Taylor, and Reynolds married and divorced two times after that (and became friends with Taylor again in 1964). Reynolds appeared on several television programs, including The Debbie Reynolds Show and Will & Grace, and on Broadway, and also opened a Las Vegas hotel and casino in the early 1990s, which closed in 1997. She is survived by her son and granddaughter, Billie Lourd.