Kimberly J. Brown, who starred in Halloweentown along with the late, great Debbie Reynolds, took to social media today to remember the screen icon, who passed away at 84 just one day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher.
"What do you say about a woman who had such an impact on your life both professionally and personally?" Brown started a Facebook post, continuing as seen below:
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 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.
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.