AceShowbiz - Carrie Fisher helped the SAG-AFTRA pay tribute to her mother Debbie Reynolds at the recently concluded SAG Awards. The 58-year-old actress was on hand to present the Life Achievement Award to the "Singin' in the Rain" star that night.
"I'm very close to this year's Lifetime Achievement Award honoree," Fisher said when introducing her mother. "This is an extraordinarily kind, gifted, and funny woman who would give you the shirt off her back if Vivien Leigh hadn't once worn it in 'Gone With the Wind'."
She added, "She has been more than a mother to me, not much, but definitely more. She's been an unsolicited stylist, interior decorator and marriage councilor. ... Admittedly, I found it difficult to share my mother with her adoring fans, who treated her like she was part of their family. She has led two lives, public and private, sometimes concurrently, sometimes not."
Reynolds, who has been in show business for 66 years, delivered an equally funny speech when accepting the prize. "Of course I had a wonderful hairdo in that picture," she said, referring to her hair in "Singin' in the Rain". "Some of you may not remember this but I had a bun. At the back of my head I had a big bun, an ugly bun. I'd warned my daughter Carrie who'd just gotten a part in a picture, Princess Leia in 'Star Wars' and I said 'Carrie be careful of any weird hairdos.' So luckily, George [Lucas] gave her two buns. Thank you, George."
Mentioning the song "I Ain't Down Yet" which she sang in 1964's musical "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", she assured people, "Well, I ain't down yet," before concluding, "Thank you all for this wonderful award."