IN MEMORIAM

Albert Brooks Remembers Co-Star Debbie Reynolds: ‘My Movie Mom’

Albert Brooks, who cast Debbie Reynolds in the title role of his 1996 comedy Mother, reacted on Twitter to the death of the 84-year-old actress, which came just one day after the untimely passing of her daughter Carrie Fisher. “Debbie Reynolds, a legend and my movie mom. I can’t believe this happened one day after Carrie. My heart goes out to Billie,” Brooks wrote, reaching out to Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd. A day earlier, Brooks tweeted of Fisher, “A brilliantly funny, talented woman. We will miss your humor now more than ever.” Mother marked Reynolds’s first major screen role in decades. Brooks, who wanted to cast an icon of 1950s cinema in the part, enlisted Fisher’s help to persuade her mother to play his. The role landed Reynolds her fifth Golden Globe nomination.