The Touching Story Behind That Incredible Photo of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher
Our hearts broke upon learning that actress Carrie Fisher had passed away on Dec. 27 at the age of 60 after suffering cardiac arrest, and the news that her mother, singer-actress Debbie Reynolds, died the day after from a stroke hit hard.
Following the sad revelations, celebrities and fans alike took to social media to share images of the two stars. But one photo that stood out? A black-and-white snap taken by Lawrence Schiller that shows a 6-year-old Fisher sitting on a stool while watching Reynolds on stage at the Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas in 1963.
Schiller spoke to People about the striking snap, stating that that Fisher was "inseparable" from her mother. "She didn’t have to be shepherded around," the photographer said. "Every place her mother walked, she would walk after her." In the picture, the young girl looks on intently as her mom outstretched her arms to the audience.
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"I remember she just sat there for the whole performance. It wasn’t like she was there for two minutes then ran away or started to cry. She was just mesmerized by her mother," Schiller continued of Fisher. "I think at that time, quite honestly, as a photographer, her name—Carrie—didn’t even come into my mind."
There's no denying that these two had a truly incredible bond.