A number of actors associated with the Disney Channel's Halloweentown movies are planning on gathering to pay tribute to the late Debbie Reynolds, who appeared in the series.
Earlier today on social media, actress Kimberly J. Brown announced that she will be returning to St. Helens, Oregon, for their annual Spirit of Halloweentown festivities. She said that her co-stars J. Paul Zimmerman and Judith Hoag will attend as well. Her on-screen sister Emily Roeske is apparently attempting to navigate a scheduling conflict, but will join the rest of the cast if possible.
Reynolds, who played Aggie Cromwell in the films, passed away earlier this year, just days after the death of her daughter, Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher.
In the Disney Channel Original Movie Halloweentown, which would be followed by a trio of sequels, Reynolds's role was to be secretly training Brown's character as a witch. It's not surprising, perhaps, that when you're playing a teacher and a student, so to speak, you might build a kind of offscreen relationship that speaks to that.
"What do you say about a woman who had such an impact on your life both professionally and personally?" Brown wrote on Facebook shortly after Reynolds's death. "Debbie lived her life like all of us should, to the fullest. She was bold, funny, and had the biggest heart."
Reynolds's incredible career spanned over seven decades. Some of her early successes came in the form of movie musicals, such as Singin' in the Rain and Bundle of Joy, starring alongside husband Eddie Fisher in the latter. She also had a career as a singer, recording original songs and appearing on stage in many musicals.
Debbie was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, TX on April 1, 1932. After her family moved to Burbank, CA in 1939, she went on to win the title of "Miss Burbank" at the age of 16, which led to scoring a contract with Warner Bros, causing her to change her name to "Debbie."
Her breakout role came in 1950's Three Little Words, which scored her a Golden Globe Award nomination for Most Promising Newcomer. Her first leading role came at 19 in Singin' in the Rain, which launched her career into the stratosphere. She went on to star in films like The Affairs of Dobie Gillis, Susan Slept Here, and Tammy and the Bachelor. Later in her career, Reynolds also had prominent roles in Mother, In & Out, and TV's Will and Grace.