It’s been a tough week for Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd, who lost both her mother and grandmother in the span of two days. Her mom, the brash and witty Carrie Fisher, was best known for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise. She died Dec. 27 at the age of 60 due to complications that arose from a recent heart attack.
Fisher’s mother and Lourd’s grandmother, the famed Debbie Reynolds, passed away the following day after suffering a stroke at age 84. The two had a conflicted but inseparably close relationship, and many have hailed their back-to-back deaths as a tragic love story. “She wanted to be with Carrie,” Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told Variety of Reynolds’ passing.
Lourd has kept quiet about the losses since, but took to Instagram on Monday with a short but poignant note. “Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist,” she wrote.“There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.” She included a photo of herself as a young girl alongside her late mother and grandmother, who were industry legends both on and off-screen.
Lourd, the only child of Fisher and talent agent Bryan Lourd, was very close to each of the women. Her Scream Queens character’s signature fuzzy earmuffs were a tribute to her mother’s iconic Princess Leia buns, and she had joked about Reynolds’ impact on her career while on Late Night With Seth Meyers less than a month earlier. “She gets really upset when I get called ‘Carrie Fisher’s daughter.’ She wants people to call me ‘Debbie Reynolds’ granddaughter.’ It’s very offensive to her. She does not like to be cut out—not at all. She started it,” she said, before explaining how her grandmother forced her to read through her old diaries in an attempt to deter her from acting.
Due to Reynolds’ declining health, the three last publicly appeared together at the 2015 Screen Actors Guild Awards, where Fisher presented Reynolds with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Later that year, Lourd accepted on her grandmother’s behalf when Reynolds was honored with Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for her mental health advocacy. At the time, Lourd said it felt “super weird” to be there without her grandmother, because she’d “always been the leader” of their family.
Lourd’s Scream Queens co-stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Lea Michele and John Stamos all sent her their condolences on social media last week. Taylor Lautner’s comments were particularly touching, as he called her “one of the strongest, most fearless individuals” he’s ever met. It’s unimaginable what Lourd is grappling with right now, but it’s clear she has a lot of support in her corner.
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