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Debra Messing Pays Tribute to Her TV Mom Debbie Reynolds

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The passing of iconic actress Debbie Reynolds has been devastating to so many, especially in such close proximity to her daughter Carrie Fisher’s death. It goes without saying that their family are beyond grieving–suffering two significant and irreparable losses. Their deaths, however, are also affecting people who have worked with them throughout the years, including Debra Messing.

Messing, now 48, posted a photo of her and Reynolds on Instagram as a tribute, with the caption:

“My heart is literally broken. For 8 years she was my mom. She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful — a consummate pro — old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer.”

Debbie went to be with Carrie. She always worried about her. Carrie left too soon and now they are together again. My heart is literally broken. For 8 years she was my mom. She was pure energy & light when she came on stage. She was loving, and bawdy, and playful- a consummate pro- old school and yet had the work ethic and investment in her craft of a new fiery up and comer. She was always running off to Vegas or somewhere else “on the road” to be a hoofer, to sing and dance and make people laugh. She performed 340 days out of the year. An inspiration on every level. A Legend of course, the epitome of clean cut American optimism, dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working. A devoted mother and grandmother, and aunt and great aunt, and friend. I lost my mom a few years ago. She loved that Debbie was my TV mom. I hope they find each other and hug and kiss and my mom says, “I got you, Debbie. Carrie’s waiting for you.” RIP Bobbie Adler. ❤

A photo posted by Debra Messing (@therealdebramessing) on

The duo worked together on “Will & Grace,” as Reynolds played Grace’s mom, Bobbie Adler. Messing continued to write:

“She performed 340 days out of the year. An inspiration on every level. A legend of course, the epitome of clean-cut American optimism dancing with Gene Kelly as an equal, a warrior woman who never stopped working.”

Messing’s last sentence absolutely kills me, as she says, “I hope they find each other and hug and kiss and my mom says, ‘I got you, Debbie. Carrie’s waiting for you.'” That is definitely a tear-jerk statement if there ever was one. Messing’s tribute also goes to show that the line between family, friends, and even coworkers can often blur–and it’s beautiful when it does–as love and support knows no bounds. And shouldn’t.

Our thoughts are with the Reynolds/Fisher family.


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