Mothers and daughters run the gamut from very close to jealousy to locking horns and back to closeness - all in one relationship. It’s a peculiar condition as old as history and if not blatantly evident, is always lying in the background regardless of the social culture of the era. Such was the case with award winning 1950’s - 60’s film star Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, though with Carrie’s history of drug abuse and bipolar disease, Debbie lived in a world of worry as any mother would, adding yet another layer of tension between the two. Both women were notable for their acting in films that are now staples for filmgoers such as Carrie’s character Leia in Star Wars and Debbie’s character Kathy Selden in Singin’ in the Rain. Feeling that she would never be as beautiful as her mother and knowing she would have to work even harder, Carrie took it several steps further as an author and script writer. Both have an impressive roster of film roles and television appearances. Her book, and later film Postcards From the Edge, which was considered to be semi-biographical, was thought by many to be heavier on the biographical end. As Debbie said, her children grew up in the movies. She didn’t bake cookies and she didn’t stay home. The children didn’t grow up in an average family and being in the spotlight as Debbie Reynolds’ daughter took its toll on their relationship. After being diagnosed as bipolar, Carrie was estranged from her mother by her own choice for almost 30 years. In later years mother and daughter again became close.
Both go-getters and hard workers, they also made time for unfortunate marriages. Debbie Reynolds was involved in one of the largest scandals in Hollywood when Carrie’s father, Eddie Fisher, left Debbie for Elizabeth Taylor - who in turn left Eddie Fisher for Richard Burton. Carrie married Paul Simon, which marriage lasted for only a year and afterwards had an affair of three years that produced her only child.
When Carrie died last year from a cardiac arrest at the age of 60, Debbie died from the complications of a stroke the day after Carrie’s death. In October, Debbie Reynolds’ ranch, dance studio and both mother’s and daughter’s personal property will be going up for auction.
Debbie’s 44-acre ranch in Creston, California was not her primary home but was where the family gathered on many occasions. It includes a main residence with custom home theatre, library and gym. a guest house, caretaker's house, art studio, barn as well as a professional film and television production facility. There are irrigated pastures, abundant wildlife, a spring-fed pond and panoramic views. It is estimated to sell between $4 million and $8 million.
Debbie’s dance studio was designed as a rehearsal facility with perks not normally available in similar structures. It is an 18,000-square-foot building with lounge area, dressing rooms, showers and six large studios. Some of the celebrities who have rehearsed there include Lucille Ball, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bette Midler, Cher, Usher and Mariah Carey. It is expected to sell between $6 million and $8 million.
On October 7th, 8th and 9th both Debbie’s ranch, dance studio and the personal property of both women will be auctioned. There will be over 1,500 lots in the auction, with items for collectors but also items for fans who want to own something special that belonged to Carrie or Debbie. According to Todd Fisher, Debbie’s son, both women were avid collectors of film memorabilia of the highest quality, which will be offered to the public.
The ranch, dance studio and personal property auctions of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, will be held by Profiles In History Auction House on October 7th, 8th and 9th.
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