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OLTL Alum Catherine Hickland Pens Touching Tribute To Mother-In-Law Debbie Reynolds, and Sister-In-Law Carrie Fisher

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Catherine Hickland, who fearlessly played the role of troublemaker Lindsay Rappaport on ABC’s One Life to Live, has recently suffered an unimaginable loss of two women very close to her, Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher.

As fans of Catherine know she is married to Reynolds son, Todd Fisher.  In sharing her thoughts on the passing of both Debbie and Carrie, Hickland took to her website to express her grief and thoughts on their sudden passing and what it meant to her in a blog post entitled, “No Words Remembering Debbie and Carrie.”

Catherine began her post stating: “I loved my mother in law. I feel so blessed to have been able to spend seven years with this magnificent woman. We had a lot in common, and we did some seriously good deep talking over those years. Neither of us cared much for small talk. What a relief for us both. Deep talking is what I love to do, which is probably why I make my living as a hypnotist. I love real life, real feelings, imagination, and life experience. I have so many memories of those conversations.”

She later related a funny and touching story about her nuptials to Todd and Carrie’s part in the ceremony: “When Todd and I decided to get married, Carrie, Debbie and Carrie’s incredible assistant, Byron, planned our wedding. Debbie was not feeling well when we decided to get married, and so Carrie thought it was best if we got married at her home so that Debbie could come and go easily if she didn’t feel well enough to stay during the reception. Carrie was Todd’s ‘best man.’ Carrie did what Carrie wanted and everyone understood that, so I didn’t think a thing of it when she smoked an e-cigarette throughout the entire ceremony. At one point she spontaneously suggested that Todd, I, and our friend and pastor Henry Cutrona, take a hit off of the ‘peace pipe’to seal the deal. What were we going to say? We all took a puff. The guests howled. During the prayer before the rings, when everyone’s eyes were closed, Carrie dropped the ring. ”

Later, Hickland came forth with her sorrow:  “My being hurts.  I’ve now been home for 5 days, the first three spent with my face planted in my pillow. My body finally fell apart. Three weeks of little to no sleep, incredible compounding stress, keeping emotions in check to get through what needed to be gotten through, all takes a toll. But then, you know all this. A broken heart is a broken heart, and who hasn’t had one of those? We are all in this life together.”

Throughout this memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, Hickland truly made her sorrow relatable for anyone who has gone through the sudden loss of a loved one. It was a beautifully written account that we hope On-Air On-Soaps site visitors will take a moment to check out.

So, what did you think of the thoughts expressed by Catherine in her post on the passing of her mother and sister-in-law?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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  1. Charday

    January 15, 2017 at 10:37 am

    A nice tribute. Why is she holding what appears to be a rooster in the photo here?

    • Lou piikes

      January 15, 2017 at 9:40 pm

      I found that rooster kind of odd myself.

    • Shannon

      January 16, 2017 at 12:30 am

      Beautiful – understandable. So sad for her loss…the world will miss both Carrie and Debbie it almost seemed as if their souls were stories together -one would not live without the other…magical, wonderment — my
      Mom said death is the next big adventure. I’m sure those two are Singing in the rain someplace there is no pain…

    • Gail Webster

      January 19, 2017 at 3:54 am

      Beautiful tribute beautiful person inside and out. Its good to write out the feelings helps with the tremendous grief. This woman loves people, life, the planet and the animal kingdom. Memories are things that matter and live on hold them dear and close to the heart.

  2. Mary Shipley

    January 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

    It was truly beautiful and heartfelt. The family has my deepest condolences and sympathy. Thank you Catherine Hickland for such a warm and loving account of your relationship with Debbie and Carrie you all where so lucky to have that deep of a bond with one another. Your words are beautiful and moving.

  3. P. McMahon

    January 15, 2017 at 11:23 am

    My condolences to Catherine and Todd. I’m glad she could share this story.

  4. toscanti

    January 15, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Very heartfelt! Sorry for your Loss, it’s everyone’s Loss.

  5. Judy Vlcek

    January 15, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    To you and Todd deepest thoughts. A Mother and daughter leaving about same time is quite a shock.
    Just hope God puts you both in his hands and guide the way for the future.
    Love, Judy Vlcek

  6. Mary SF

    January 15, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    In a world filled with violence and opposing sides on every issue big or small getting nastier and nastier, I think what she said about all of us knowing what it is like to have a broken heart is profound in its simplicity – we are all human, life is filled with so much sorrow on its own, so why can’t we all be a be more kind to one other— and it might be as simple of being just that within our own circle, with friends, family, acquaintances or with strangers we might only meet once—I know this has nothing to do with DR or CF, but just felt the need to say it—

    • Celia

      January 16, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      “Come on people now, smile on your brother, everybody get together, try to love one another, right now.”
      GET TOGETHER by The Youngbloods.

      Love your message, Mary. This song is about fifty years old. The message was clean. It still resonates. But, we walk around with our eyes “open shut”. We are still in the same boat; well, the boat is now a ship.
      It seems we are regressing, in this society. THE WORD means nothing, anymore. We should all give a positive word, as hard as it may seem….for the sake of humanity and unity. Love sounds more and more like an illusion and delusion. There should be no room for anything else……Hate will only divide us further.
      We can see how fragile life is.

    • Harry

      January 16, 2017 at 10:52 pm

      I get it, Mary.
      And it does need to be said. Things are growing more acrimonious by the day and we have a president elect who seems to embody the worst of humanity.
      Maybe he will surprise us and suddenly grow up at age seventy and stop with the idiotic, thin skinned, immature Tweets and finally rise up and become a leader of whom we are not so ashamed.

      • Celia

        January 17, 2017 at 5:35 pm

        And, you add to the agitation, Harry. I do not think that was Mary’s intent. She is in Canada, and for her to suggest LOVE and PEACE, means so much to me, as I have clise relatives in Canada who get an earful from the media. Yet, they kerp an open mind.
        Spread positivity instead of your negative spiel….pardon the “acrimony” with all due respect…..but, your litany is getting old. Who are the fascists?? Look up its definition, it may surprise you.
        Your answer to Mary was the opposite of her intent. Give it up, Harry. This is a new kind of President, whether we like it or not. He will continue to tweet, and so he should.
        It is the only way to get his truth across instead of it being spun by the media.
        I will be in DC with bells on to support our country and the people’s President. If Hillary and Bill can do it, so can you. Holy gosh.
        I am ready for any bashing with which anyone wants to attack me. Isn’t that the theme? I suppose what’s good for the goose is NOT hood for the gsnder. It’s a free country with freedom of speech for all.

      • Rose

        January 18, 2017 at 3:02 am

        Hi Harry…Nice to see you surfacing again…miss you being part of the soap dialogue. Wish it was under better circumstances. Gotta keep positive, even if it’s just “small” gestures of kindness. I truly believe miracles can happen. 🙂

    • Rose

      January 18, 2017 at 2:57 am

      Hi Mary SF…Your comment may not be directly related to Catherine’s comments about being heartbroken over Debbie and Carrie, but I have to think all three would agree with you. Kindness is such a lovely thought, and easy gesture to make when sincere. Better given when one can than when the moment has passed. Who knows…it can be like a little sunshine coming out from behind a cloud for someone. 🙂

  7. xmxascarol

    January 15, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss.God be with you all.

    • Celia

      January 17, 2017 at 5:37 pm

      Yes, this is what it’s about…loss and suffering. May they sleep their eternal sleep in peace, xmxascarol.

  8. JJ

    January 15, 2017 at 6:10 pm

    That’s her therapy animal/chicken (name unknown). The HBO documentary delves into it just a bit more. It is a wonderful and informative film about both mother and daughter.

    • Lou piikes

      January 15, 2017 at 9:44 pm

      Whose therapy chicken is it?

    • Deb Root-White

      January 16, 2017 at 4:48 pm

      The rooster’s name is Nugget. He went everywhere with Catherine. Sadly, he passed away last year.

    • Charday

      January 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      I really want to see that HBO documentary, but I don’t get HBO. Hopefully, it will make it to blu ray or regular cable tv.

  9. Lindalee Hulsey

    January 15, 2017 at 11:00 pm

    Abadaba & Momby were my true to life Angel Queens because I kept praying to know who was talking to me…….who kept me believing…….I could hear them from far far away! Even before I knew their names. They were not imaginary……I am 65.
    No lie….not making up stories……they know what I mean……you all in their family know…because they maybe physically removed have been transported to Higher Realms of our existance. As God is so busy Earthly Angels soon depart to quickly assist those in need in times of rapid changes so quickly must they serve as services were rendered borrowed for a while to change the needy who live on. Live on & on & on they say… life is to live in joyous sharing, in touching moments expressing the breath that breaths deep the love of never ever forgetting. Angels are among us as Angels we all are aware. Blessed be Abadaba & Momby because they are simply here but INVISIBLE……feel them? Hear them? See them?

  10. Margie Dalton

    January 16, 2017 at 1:22 am

    Such a beautiful heartfelt Tribute to our Debbie & Carrie
    Cat found the right words. My heart goes out to them. May God bless , wish I was a fly on the wall during their talks. Todd you have amazing wife
    Love & prayers

  11. mgb357

    January 16, 2017 at 5:57 am

    The world lost two unique people. RIP

  12. Michelle Williams-Talha

    January 16, 2017 at 6:03 am

    I can imagine how Catherine and Todd feels…
    I felt a deep connection to Debbie and Carrie…
    While I didn’t know them personally,I learned a lot from them in my upbringing…They been there my whole life and now they’re not…my heart is still choking me over feeling the loss and pain of missing them so much

  13. Debbie Lenhart

    January 16, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Just beautiful. Grief Touches so many the same way, and how we choose to deal with it how we can get past it. Your words are an inspiration to show others that we’re not here in this world to control what they do but to support and love them, thank you so much for your touching words. And may God speed to healing for you and your husband.

  14. Lily Stevens

    January 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Thank youCatherine for sharing your personal thoughts & experience. Utterly painful, that kind of loss. As a survivor of this as well, I send my love and best wishes for gentle recovery. God bless you and your entire family

  15. Greg Lynch

    January 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

    The rooster Catherine is carrying is a white Leghorn bantam rooster. I believe it’s name is “little” if it is the baby chick she is holding on her twitter page with the caption “watching Little grow”. The rooster appears to be young as his legs are still yellow. They fade to white as the bird gets older. Good for Catherine! most people have no idea how wonderful and therapeutic it is to keep chickens. They all have their own unique little personalities and readily bond to humans.

  16. Mo

    January 17, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I was thinking of her when I heard of the deaths of these two. I wish her and her family the best during this very hard time.

    • Mo

      January 17, 2017 at 6:23 am

      I read Cat’s full post and it was beautiful. She was so lucky to have heard Debbie’s stories.

  17. Paul

    January 17, 2017 at 5:07 pm

    It’s worse than being kept in a cage! Every time I see pictures of Katherine she’s clutching the bird. As much as I understand support animals but a rooster is suppose to be free and that one ain’t! Not good.

    On the topic of the story, so sad for her entire family losing two beautiful souls so fast

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