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The true-life tales of Hollywood icons Debbie Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher seem almost tailor-made for the world of glitz and glam in which they lived.
Debbie was just 19 years old when she danced her way into movie history alongside Gene Kelly in the classic musical Singin' in the Rain. Audiences also adored Debbie as the innocent southern beauty in the popular movie Tammy and the Bachelor. Her turn in The Unsinkable Molly Brown earned her an Oscar® nomination.
The starlet married singing sensation Eddie Fisher in 1955, and the couple was immediately hailed as America's sweethearts. Their marriage seemed like a Hollywood fairytale with the births of their two children—daughter Carrie and son Todd.
The couple often socialized with Eddie's best friend, Mike Todd, and his wife, actress Elizabeth Taylor. Eddie even served as Mike's best man and Debbie was Elizabeth's matron-of-honor.
In 1958, Mike's tragic death in a plane crash crushed Elizabeth—and turned Debbie and Eddie's picture-perfect marriage upside down. Eddie rushed to console his best friend's wife and fell in love with Elizabeth. Debbie and Eddie's relationship crumbled, and the couple divorced in 1959.