Debbie Reynolds set to speak tonight in Rancho Mirage, will replace her daughter Carrie Fisher
Debbie Reynolds will take the place of daughter Carrie Fisher at a speaking engagement in Rancho Mirage tonight, a city spokeswoman said.
Ironically, Reynolds was originally scheduled to headline the city's 2013 Speakers Series, but canceled in December for unspecified reasons, prompting city officials to line up Fisher.
City spokeswoman Joni Almy confirmed that Reynolds will speak tonight instead of her 56-year-old daughter, who was recently hospitalized briefly after exhibiting bizarre behavior on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.
Fisher's spokeswoman issued a statement saying the actress-writer needed her medication adjusted due to her bipolar disorder and was feeling better.
Fisher, known for playing Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, has spoken publicly about her experiences with addiction and bipolar disorder, including advocating for more funding for medication for people living with mental health issues.
Her mother has worked in show business for 60 years and has performed in movies, on stage and in television shows. One of Reynolds' best-known roles was in the 1951 musical "Singing in the Rain," and she received an Oscar nomination for the title role in 1964's "The Unsinkable Molly Brown." She founded the Thalian Mental Health Clinic for emotionally disturbed children at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Reynolds' talk is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center, 39000 Bob Hope Drive.
Tickets -- which cost $60 for preferred seating and $45 for general seating -- can be purchased at www.ranchomirageca.gov. The speakers series hotline is (760) 770-3205.
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