Mark Hill remembers Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Over the last decade, Mark Hill has photographed an eclectic mix of actors, musicians, politicians, comedians and TV personalities...none with the tenacity of Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds.

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"Carrie Fisher was asked to host a season of TCM “The Essentials” where she would discuss important films with the host Robert Osborne. We had two ideas for the shoot. First, I built a set that looked like a backstage prop room, filled with eclectic set pieces and props.  As soon as Carrie and Robert stepped into the “TCM Prop Room” they immediately started playing with a large megaphone, which made for some fun, unexpected candid moments!"

"We then moved to the driveway of the Turner Techwood campus, where we shot her in the front seat of my creative director’s car.  Needless to say, she was a consummate professional and it was a thrill to look at her through my viewfinder."

"In the 20 years that I worked for Turner Classic Movies, I was asked to photograph many of Hollywood’s golden age film stars."

"For this shoot, Debbie Reynolds was participating in some special programming for the 50th anniversary of her first film, Singin’ in the Rain. I was given a 30-minutes time slot in her schedule for a portrait in our Atlanta studio. For the set, I suspended yellow umbrellas over the cyc wall as a tribute to the original movie poster and asked her to hold one of the umbrellas over her shoulder.  She was so sweet and accommodating of our idea!"  

"Before every frame, Debbie would say the word “Hello” because she liked how it made her smile just right.  Every time I worked with her in the following years, she gave me a warm smile and a kind “Hello!” - Mark Hill