Debbie Reynolds' friend reveals how the actress' last Christmas brought her the greatest pain of her life.
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' demises one day after the other sent shock waves around the country and there are many admirers who still live in denial. While both of them died of different clinical reasons, their fans couldn't see it in any other way but as the sign of a divine and inseparable bond between a mother and her daughter.
Recently, Debbie Reynolds' friend Sue Cameron revealed her Christmas plan with daughter Carrie which tragically could not be fulfilled, instead, it became her most tragic and the last Christmas of her life.
The late acting legend loved Christmas and had a tree in her home all year round. On December 23, the fateful day Fisher suffered a fatal heart attack on a flight, Debbie Reynolds had already set up a Christmas table for a nice meal with her daughter. “When Carrie was flying in on the plane [from London], Debbie had already made sure the table was set. The menu, everything,” Cameron said to PEOPLE.
It was supposed to be a family dinner and Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd was also supposed to join. “But there was no Christmas dinner,” Cameron said. “The table just sat there.”
Fisher suffered a fatal heart attack on December 23, 2016, on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She breathed her last on December 27, at the age of 60. Reynolds passed away a day after her daughter from a stroke at the age of 84.
It has been three years since the legendary actors' passing but holidays never seem the same without them. However, Cameron says that it's hard to believe that they are not here, it is as if they are very much present around. “Debbie kept a Christmas tree up 24 hours a day, all year,” said Cameron of her friend’s adoration of the holiday.
“Debbie just loved Christmas.” She added, “I think in a way they’ve never left because there are constant reminders about their lives,” Cameron adds. “It’s almost as if they’ve never really gone. Star Wars is back and Carrie’s daughter, Billie, is becoming a star.”
Lourd deeply missed her mom and recently paid a tribute to her by sharing a video of herself singing John Prine’s “Angel from Montgomery” in memory of her late mother. The 27-year-old actress can be seen briefly opposite Fisher in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker, as well as in American Horror Story and Booksmart.
Quoting writer Anne Lamott, Lourd shared, “You will lose someone you can’t live without and your heart will be badly broken, and the bad news is that you never completely get over the loss of your beloved. But this is also the good news. They live forever in your broken heart that doesn’t seal back up. And you come through. It’s like having a broken leg that never heals perfectly—that still hurts when the weather gets cold, but you learn to dance with the limp."
On Christmas day, Lourd shared a throwback photo of herself as a baby with mom Fisher and grandmother Reynolds. “Sending my love to everyone who has lost someone they loved and is missing them a little extra today. I see you,” she wrote in the caption. “Don’t grieve in silence. You’re not alone. ❤️”