Will & Grace Mom Debbie Reynolds Was 'Pure Light,' Says Debra Messing

In the wake of Debbie Reynolds’ death on Wednesday, the Hollywood vet was mourned by TV daughter Debra Messing.

After first reacting to the “devastating” news on Twitter, Messing expressed her sorrow in an extended Instagram post, where she described her Will & Grace mom as “loving, and bawdy, and playful.” (As you’ll recall, Reynolds recurred as the outrageous Bobbi Adler, for which she earned an Emmy nomination in 2000.)

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

“I lost my [own] 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.”

Watch Reynolds do a Singin’ in the Rain callback on Will & Grace:

Will & Grace‘s Sean Hayes also responded to the news of Reynolds’ passing, remarking on Twitter that he “overwhelmingly adored & admired” the Hollywood icon.

Reynolds’ death came just one day after the loss of her daughter, writer and Star Wars icon Carrie Fisher. According to Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, the actress had voiced her desire to “be with Carrie” just hours before she ultimately died.

Read Messing’s full tribute to Debbie Reynolds below.

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. ❤

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5 Comments
  1. Yolanda says:

    So sad… Guess she won’t be part of Will & Grace revival.

  2. MMD says:

    Debra Messing said it best. We were lucky to have both Debbie and Carrie in this world and that they shared so much of their lives with us. I’m gutted but thankful.

  3. linda sterling says:

    so sad i loved them both. i hope they find each other.

  4. Augustine says:

    Debbie Reynolds death is an example of a mothers love and devotion to her children. She knew Carrie needed her and the others would be just fine.