In the early days of her career Debbie Reynolds was best known for movies like “Singing’ in the Rain,” but over the course of the past several decades we saw her ultimately find a different sort of career for herself as a prominent guest actress, and someone who made a series of notable TV appearances across a number of different TV shows. One of the best ones that she did was across “Will & Grace” on NBC, playing the part of the TV mom to Debra Messing’s character.
If you want to see precisely how much Messing felt for Reynolds and her presence on the sitcom, all you have to do is read the lengthy tribute below that you can see from her official Instagram page. She clearly left a mark on her thanks to their time together on the show, and there are so many more tributes that are coming out for her today.
2016 is certainly ending on a somber note when it comes to us losing prominent entertainers. It began specifically with George Michael on Christmas Day, and it was followed sooner after with Reynolds’ daughter Carrie Fisher on December 27 followed by Reynolds herself on December 28. We hope that in the limited amount of time that they have (yes, contrary to popular belief, it is limited), awards shows like the Oscars coming up are going to find a way to figure out how to best honor some of the wonderful stars that we’ve lost over the past year. We’re sure that it is not going to be easy, but we also hope that icons like Prince and Gene Wilder also still have their time in the spotlight.
Reynolds is certainly going to be missed, and our heart goes out to all who loved her, especially her granddaughter and Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd given all she has lost over the past few days.
You can also see below a quick tribute from Messing’s “Will & Grace” co-star Sean Hayes, who also had a chance to spend time with Reynolds over the years.
Debbie went to be with Carrie. She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again. My heart is literally broken. For 8 years she was my mom. She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful- a consummate pro- old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer. She was always running off to Vegas or somewhere else “on the road” to be a hoofer, to sing and dance and make people laugh. She performed 340 days out of the year. An inspiration on every level. A Legend of course, the epitome of clean cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working. A devoted mother and grandmother, and aunt and great aunt, and friend. I lost my mom a few years ago. She loved that Debbie was my TV mom. I hope they find each other and hug and kiss and my mom says, “I got you, Debbie. Carrie’s waiting for you.” RIP Bobbie Adler. ❤