The photographer who took a 1963 photo of a 6-year-old Carrie Fisher watching her mother, Debbie Reynolds, perform onstage has gone public with the story behind the image as fans across the globe mourn the deaths of the two Hollywood icons.
Mother and daughter died a day apart this week. Fisher, 60, died Tuesday, four days after suffering a massive heart attack on a flight home to Los Angeles from London.
Reynolds, 84, died Wednesday after suffering a medical emergency as she and other family members planned her daughter’s funeral. Her son and Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, said his mother’s last words were that she “wanted to be with Carrie.”
Photographer Lawrence Schiller spoke out Thursday about the bond he witnessed between the two on that long-ago photo assignment, which took place as he accompanied Reynolds from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. Schiller, now 80, told the New York Times that Fisher seemed satisfied to sit and watch her mother for hours.
“Her daughter was really mesmerized by her mother always,” Schiller told the Times. “That’s what really stood out.”