Debbie Reynolds, the screen great and mother of Carrie Fisher, died yesterday at the age of 84. We've already chronicled Fisher's tumultuous relationship with her father, Philadelphia-born and raised pop star Eddie Fisher. But while the Fishers largely reconciled, Debbie and Eddie did not.
Reynolds came out on top, though. Debbie was plucky, cute, and fresh-faced, and the public sided with her when Fisher married the sultry Taylor.
But in this clip, Reynolds not only gets small revenge, but also proves why she's an indelible screen presence with excellent comedic timing. Here, a scene from Carrie's one-woman show Wishful Drinking that chronicles the Reynolds-Fisher-Taylor scandal is spliced together with a short talk show segment:
(Warning: Some adult themes below)
Reynolds doesn't say a word, just makes one small gesture, yet still appears demure and sweet, playing with the persona she had cultivated in her early days in Hollywood that made her a star in movies like Singing in the Rain and The Unsinkable Molly Brown (her favorite part). Yet, it's still acidly funny, a trait she gave to her daughter as well.