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this is cnn breaking news. >> from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers in the united states and all around the world. i'm rosemary church. >> and we're following breaking news this hour. actress debbie reynolds died at 84. rushed to hospital one day after daughter carrie fisher died of a heart attack. >> in los angeles with more on debbie reynolds's death. fans and friends struck by the tragedy of a mother dying just a day after the loss of her daughter and taken to social media to pay tribute to debbie reynolds and all she achieved in her life. many saying she died of breaking
heart. what is being said? >> we're still waiting to find out exactly what led to her death and could be a while until we get official cause but walk you through the time line. this afternoon around 1:00 local time we heard reports that the fire department here was responding to the family's home. fire department confirmed they had the patient between fair and serious condition transporting to the hospital and checked in with her son and he simply said pray for her. that was it. we know she complained about a breathing problem but beyond that wasn't until a few hours later things changed for the worse. and son put out statement. she spoke to me this morning and she said she missed carrie. she's with carrie now.
that's not only response we've heard from the family. also debbie reynolds's step daughter tweeting, quote, some of the magic people are left the tribe. for the moment i am inconsolable from joely fisher. the heartbreak behind that. that you can feel as many other fans and supporters of this family are feeling tonight. through twitter heard from several celebrities, heart debra messing who worked with her on "will & grace," debbie reynolds was her mother. tweeted out she was heart sick. ellen degeneres also sending love to the family. this is just one day after debbie reynolds was reporting her daughter's death on her facebook page, thanking fans for the support and embrace of
carrie's talents and gifts that she left behind. as you might imagine, the walk of fame is certainly already starting to see that support as well. her star already has flowers and candles and i'm sure over the next few hours and days will be a growing memorial. just in the last half hour notices more flowers there. a lot of people coming out to remember that legacy and honor that legacy. and show support for a family that is -- well you heard from her step daughter, inconsolable right now. >> it is hard to grasp. todd fisher lost his mother and sister in the course of two days and billie lourd lost her mother and grandmother, extraordinary for that family. hard to come to terms with. thanks. reynolds one of the biggest
stars in the '50s and '60s and spent decades entertaining. >> career gave her the fun of life. here's more. ♪ alone now and singing my song for you ♪ >> singer, dancer, actress, debbie reynolds a hollywood triple threat and america's sweetheart, film career began at 16 after spotted in beauty pageant. her star officially launched just a few years later after a spirited performance opposite gene kelly and donald o'connor in 1952s "singing in the rain." >> picked me and locked me in studio. and had five different teachers for tap, ballet, jazz, modern. work until i fall apart. ♪ tammy, tammy >> other notable roles followed,
resulted in her number one hit song "tammy," played opposite greg peck in "how the west was won" and performance in "the "unsinkable molly brown" earned her oscar nomination. two children with first husband crooner eddie fisher. producer todd fisher and actress and author carrie fisher. ended in highly publicized divorce when fisher left to marry close friend elizabeth taylor. painful betrayal but able to joke about it later. >> i was girl scout. simple girl. that's what i was and he fell madly in love with elizabeth. now i understand. it's in the past. >> second and third marriages ended in divorce, each time
causing financial pain but quietly collecting hollywood memorabilia over the years that proved a wise investment. in 2011 sold marilyn monroe's white subway dress at auction for $4.6 million. she also never quit performing. though stepped away from film for much of her career, continued to entertain on broadway stages and la vegas night clubs. in addition several tv roles. playing lib rachy's mother in the 2013 emmy winning "behind the candle abra" the wide array with honor of lifetime achievement award. reynolds said she loved every minute she spent in show business in her autobiography
"unsinkable." >> i paid 20,000 bucks for this sucker. it is that spark and sense of humor along with talent that reynolds will be remembered for. >> i love. thank you. >> and of course we're going to continue the conversation on this. live via skype from lake tahoe. contributor for access hollywood live. and thanks to boechlk you for big with us here. difficult conversation. another person lost in the entertainment world. fans and friends across the globe trying to come to terms with the loss of debbie reynolds just one day after the death of her daughter carrie fisher, tragedy of the family loss so hard to fathom. what has the world lost with the
passing of reynolds and how are people mourning? >> first of all, think you for having me. wish it was better circumstances. hollywood has lost royalty. for someone like me, introduced to her on "will & grace" where she played debra messing's mom but many knew her from "singing in the rain" actress so iconic, legacy stretches decades. entrepreneur who knew to collect memorabilia and sold for a tidy profit. a mother, a grandmother, a woman who embodied class and dignity and fierceness and just was ferocious in her comedy and her singing and dancing. we lost true hollywood royalty. and it saddens me that my kids to come won't get to be introduced to her like i was unless i start breaking out old dvds of her work.
she's amazing. >> i think we'll start to see that happen actually. >> probably will. looking at reruns. holland, bring you in. i could see you nodding. one of the things, especially talking about the personality, just newsroom talk that's what comes up. about her personality. >> absolutely. she was classy, wholesome, down to earth. so funny in a very -- not much like carrie in straightforward brass kind of way but subtle way. always throw hand up, kind of a signature move. having gone to musical theater school got to know "singing in the rain" as a staple. and "will & grace" and carrie fisher's mom and proud of that. often saying i'm princess leia's mom.
say it on a regular basis. a legend. if you say marilyn monroe, elizabeth taylor, better say debbie reynolds. >> in that category. >> on set at mgm with elizabeth taylor at 15 years old. carrie fisher was princess leia at 19 years old. she did the same thing. "singing in the rain" at 19. >> let's listen for a moment. ♪ good morning, good morning, we danced the whole night through. good morning, good morning to you ♪ ♪ nothing could be better ♪ show goes on and ip don't want to say good night ♪
>> one of my favorites. >> going to ask you. >> i bet it's one of yours. >> this is so -- it's so awesome to know and to appreciate. we get jaded nowadays in hollywood with people not really being talented or worth the limelight we give them. here was someone who transcended it, singing, acting, just not only having real talent but we've lost what hollywood used to be about. i mean, we're talking about the elizabeth taylors but the class and dignity of a woman to say i lost my husband to elizabeth taylor and i got past it and transcended and became even better and bigger. it bothers me because we don't see that every day, these types of stars and 2016 has taken away our stars. prince is gone, okay?
debbie is gone. her daughter princess leia, "star wars." if you're -- she's gone. talking about losing that part of us we grew up on if you're my age or of any age, people we'll never get back. muhammad ali is gone, david bowie is gone. we've lost stars and it's so sad. >> 2016 is coming to close and i'm not only one thinking when is this going to end. >> day after day indeed. >> can't end too soon. people are joking around now saying who is going to be next. and that morbid humor might keep us going. george michael. irreplaceable icons. talent you're not going to see every day, maybe in a lifetime. should appreciate them. sister called me, appreciate
those you love now because you don't get another chance. >> i think the emotion speaks to how personal this is for a lot of people, fans, musicians that he referenced, actors, it's really personal. >> it's personal to say the least. my anxiety has been up all day. just all week going why. there's a ghost page maybe in jest and -- gofundme page to protect betty white. she is one of the last icons like he was saying. triple threats. when you had to have real talent and by-product was to be famous and a star. she was holding her own next to gene kelly at 19 years old with no formal training. says something about the era. >> shut away to learn how to
dance. >> what it meant to be a star and talent in that time and who do we look to now? icons slowly fading away, do feel like losing part of the real hollywood that was what every aspired to my age. princes, michael jacksons, debbie reynolds. >> still icons but different style. and want to talk about the relationship between debbie reynolds and her daughter carrie fisher. they were close toward the end but difficult as any mother/daughter relationship is and very much in the public eye. talk to us about what happened, the ebbs and flows of that relationship. >> well i think you said it best. in any relationship between mother and daughter will be tumultuous at times and this was no different. but lot of people don't know that debbie reynolds started a foundation for mental health awareness. something that her daughter suffered from.
and you know, it takes a lot to admit that you have a problem. and carrie fisher was not necessarily the easiest person to deal with. very strong-willed. you can see in the things she wrote. "postcards from the edge" and one woman show talked about relationship with mom openly and candidly and had to sting and fractured the relationship. but both of them passing within 24 hours of one another would be wrong of me to not speak ill of the dead but remember that part of their tumultuous relationship. remember if you're a fan how they came together, work and common ground they found and both bringing a lot of awareness to mental health that a lot of people suffer even now. to this day made it a little bit easier to admit being bipolar and working through it. if i was wearing a hat, take it off to both of them.
>> all right. thank you both so much for joining us and talking about what these two heroes brought to the world. and now their passing. thanks to you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. less than a month in office john kerry is getting tough. details ahead. and donald trump started day with a harsh tweet aimed at president obama but ended on a different note. turmoil smoothed over. and more on the passing of debbie reynolds just a day after her daughter carrie fisher died. you're watching cnn. (vo) it's that time of year again. when you realize you still didn't get quite what you wanted. that's why verizon has the best deals of the year on the best network. like a free smartphone when you add a line or switch. no trade-in required. choose from the samsung galaxy j3, the lg k8 or stylo,
>> netanyahu fired back saying israel doesn't need to be lectured by foreign leaders. real threat to peace is the palestinian terror -- >> said couldn't in good conscience say or do nothing. >> details. >> status quo is leading towards one state and perpetual occupation. >> in a lengthy and deeply personal final plea secretary of state john kerry issued a strong speech to israel. the israeli prime minister publicly supports a two-state solution. but his current coalition is the most right wing in israeli history with agenda driven by the most extreme elements. at the same time defending u.s. support of israel.
no american administration has done more that are israel's security than obama's. >> netanyahu quickly called it a biased attack. >> what he did is spend most of his speech blaming israel for the lack of peace. >> kerry's message among bitter words between the countries. after refused to veto resolution. allowing it to pass. >> some believe that u.s. friendship means must accept any policy regardless of our own interests, positions, words and principles. >> israel says it has proof that washington secretly illustrated the vote and will show to president-elect trump when he takes office in a few weeks. >> we have it on incontestable evidence that the united states organized, advanced and brought this resolution. >> kerry denied the claims and framed the vote as effort to
save israel. >> we reject the criticism that this vote abandons israel. on the contrary it is not this resolution that is isolating israel, it is the permanent policy of settlement construction that risks making peace impossible. virtually every country in the world other than israel opposes settlements. >> in his four years as secretary of state, deal between israelis and palestinians escaped kerry but he rejected the idea that he failed. >> i didn't fail. we didn't fail. united states didn't fail. we put what i think is still the solution on the table. but the parties failed. >> even before kerry spoke both president-elect trump and prime minister netanyahu criticized the obama administration. trump tweeting can't continue to let israel be treated with total
disdain and disrespect. stay strong january 20th is approaching. prime minister responding thank for your support. >> and warning about further moves at u.n., concerned about new resolution coming from kerry's ideas or upcoming peace conference in paris next month. meanwhile president-elect donald trump is working to defund the u.n. if the vote on settlements is not overturned. cnn, state department. journalist dorothy -- joins us from los angeles. why did john kerry decide to make this very personal speech at this time just days away from donald trump taking office and what will it likely achieve? >> it's interesting isn't it? this is the time he decided to do so. i think what kerry wants to do
is make sure that the peace process and two-state solution continues under a trump presidency because trump has made it clear his support of israel is unequivocal. has said he wants jerusalem to be the capital of israel only and move the u.s. embassy to jerusalem. and also supports settlements. all of the factors are a threat to the peace process and i think kerry is giving a clear understanding what is happening on the ground with israel and palestine and to the negotiations and also giving support to the international community, to europe, who not so supportive of israel as much as the united states is. seems like the u.s. is more aligned with the message that the international community has on settlements, which is it is illegal act. you can't build settlements according to the fourth geneva
convention settlements are illegal. >> in his speech said two-state solution is in jeopardy. is he right? where does this lead? >> it's in jeopardy and has been for a while now. if you don't have a two-state solution, what you have is a one state and most probably not end up giving palestinians freedom as they would like. actually end up being second cls citizen. also not a good idea for israel because palestinians have larger families than israelis so soon have a majority. you don't want a one-state solution. what that would mean, what we would have is south africa, apartheid state. what kerry was saying clearly to netanyahu, what obama is making clear. these are the choices, two-state
solution, come to the negotiating table and clear in message and will to bring peace between israelis and palestinians or have a dangerous one-state solution which is not viable and i don't think is what neither the palestinians nor the israelis really want. >> thank you for joining us from los angeles. appreciate it. another hollywood legend lost. >> more on the passing of actress debbie reynolds still ahead. stay with us. ♪ ♪ see ya next year. this season, start a new tradition. experience the power of infiniti now, with leases starting at $319 a month.
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a warm welcome back to your viewers in the united states and around the world. you're watching "cnn newsroom," i'm cyril vanier. >> and i'm rosemary church. debbie reynoldsas died at age of 84 jt one day after the death o her daughter carrie fisher. one of the biggest stars in the world during the 1950s and '60s. >> starring turn in "singing in the rain" most famous musicals started a career in the limelight. ♪ laughing in the clouds so dark up above, sun's in my heart ♪ ♪ and ready for love, stormy clouds choice ♪ >> with me now executive editor of the "hollywood reporter" thanks for being with us. >> thank you.
>> passing of debbie reynolds a day after the death of carrie fisher is heartbreaking and tragic but they had their ups and downs didn't they? >> absolutely. this is a family not only lived through a lot of public and private troubles but have done so and incorporated it into their public persona and careers. if you look at carrie fisher's autobiographical novel "postcards from the edge" written in response to her relationship with mother and dramatized in film version with shirley mcclain and meryl streep. this is a long and tumultuous relationship but we understand they had made up and they had come to an understanding in recent years. and recently they both participated in a documentary about both of their lives and
their work together. that will air on hbo next year. >> and of course like her daughter carrie fisher, debbie reynolds wasn't only actress but singer, dancer, business woman, film historian but known best for leading role in "singing in the rain," define her as princess leia defines carrie fisher? >> i think debbie reynolds probably will be remembered for "singing in the rain" did get oscar nomination for performance in "the unsinkable molly brown" but most remember "singing in the rain" that movie stood the test of time. people still watch and enjoy that. much the same way that carrie fisher is remembered for "star wars" even though accomplished actor, writer, screenwriter and performer as well. >> and debbie reynolds was part of hollywood royalty, married singer eddie fisher in 1955,
carrie's father of course. four years later he ran off with reynolds' best friend elizabeth taylor. massive scandal at the time wasn't it? low did she cope? >> huge scandal at time before the internet and tabloid culture of the '80s and '90s emerged. if happened today would have broke the internet. debbie reynolds coped with it okay. apparently didn't speak to elizabeth taylor for many years but when both ended up on a cruise together ended up having dinner with her and supposedly had a good laugh about it. >> how will debbie reynolds be remembered? what will be her legacy. >> i think remembered as legacy of old hollywood. she was a star when the star system was really at its most powerful. made a star in a medium, the
movie musical, which gave launch to hollywood. and she managed to last decades and decades in film, on the stage, as recording artist. number one single. nbc television show, became a business woman with hollywood memorabilia, her own museum at one point. i think go down as one of the last remaining connections to that old hollywood system. >> i think you're right. thank you for joining us. and donald trump and president obama are apparently on talking terms again after the president-elect got a surprise phone call from hawaii. details on the tete-a-tete next on "cnn newsroom." and your symptoms have left you with the same view, it may be time for a different perspective. if other treatments haven't worked well enough, ask your doctor about entyvio, the only biologic developed and approved
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mr. obama on vacation in hawaii. >> he called me. he with had a very good talk about generally about things. he was in hawaii, was a very, very nice call. and i actually thought we covered a lot of territory. a lot of good territory. >> that's just the latest back and forth between the president and president-elect. >> it was a great honor being with you and look forward to being with you more times in the future. >> so much for the pleasantries, donald trump blasting president obama on twitter. doing my best to disregard the inflammatory statements and road blocks. thought would be a smooth transition. not. but this afternoon seemed to change his mind saying the transition was going smoothly. >> very good. >> trump and obama had been
careful to avoid personal criticism of one another in the weeks after the election but more combative tone emerged this week after obama claimed he could have beaten trump if he ran for a third term. >> i am confident in this vision because i'm confident if i had run again and articulated, i think could have mobilized majority of people to rally. >> trump retaliated. he thinks he would have won against me. he would say that, no way. jobs leaving. isis, o care, et cetera. but seemed cordial. >> done everything we can to make sure successful and will continue. >> never met him before but had good chemistry going. i found him to be terrific. i found him to be very smart and very nice. >> since then the two have had
several phone conversations and today trump's incoming press secretary sean spicer tried to downplay the public bickering. >> they continue to talk. i don't know when the last time, but as inauguration gets closer, current president and his team have been generous with time for the transition. >> today between closed door meetings, trump made brief appearances at mar alaggo resort. trump taking credit. u.s. consumer confidence index surged nearly four points. highest level in more than 15 years. thanks donald. >> white house aides say won't back down from his accomplishments despite what trump is claiming credit for.
unemployment at 4.6%, and approval rating is almost 60%. cnn washington. >> and joining us from l.os angeles. thanks to both of you for being with us. what is going on with this complicated relationship between president obama and donald trump? do they like each other or not? >> i'm not sure that's the question that needs to be asked. i think the reality is that we have to remember there's only one president at a time and barack obama is still the president. and donald trump's thin skin continues to show. anytime somebody says something he doesn't like or hurt by going to twitter to snap back.
if that's the way its going to be in the next four years. >> one of the things, this transition like none seen since last millennium. reality is two personalities are completely opposite to each other. there has to be some conflict between the two personalities and staffs will make that representation for them as they begin to transition into the next phase when they start actually moving from the building and people moving inside the building. but in the meantime there's also some legacy issues that obama is trying to protect and maybe lay political booby traps for president-elect trump and interesting part is will it be effective. especially with issues in the middle east as we saw dominating the news. and i think president obama is trying to define the
president-elect before he takes office and don't know if for her advantage or for the country's. we don't have information on. >> talk about jobs. donald trump taking credit for job creation or jobs coming back to the u.s. as he puts it. 5,000 jobs for sprint. about 9,000 he's taken credit for about sprint and carrier. does it irk you as a democrat that there have been 15 million job creations under barack obama and now donald trump is taking credit for 9,000 jobs created? >> let's begin with the fact that donald trump is in fantasyland, what we're seeing as result of the obama presidency as it's coming together. the carrier deal as we found out days after it was announced was not anything like the way he
portrayed it. wasn't nearly the number of jobs he claimed would be saved and as it turns out only a short-term saving of the jobs. reality is egomaniac about to become president trying to claim credit for something he's had no finger on the switch to have responsibility for. >> donald trump did point to a political article in a tweet he sent out today where economists are on record saying there is something of a trump effect boosting the economy, consumer confidence, which is the backbone of the economy. >> if had been a notable change from the prior months maybe i'd agree with that. but you can find an economist to say anything you want just like a lawyer. reality is donald trump is not president. hasn't done anything yet. stock market in highest levels
ever in history long before donald trump expected to win the presidency. to suddenly impute grand success to donald trump's election is just preposterous. >> luis. >> before the election democrats saying donald trump was going to be elected and stock market is going to crash. reality is it didn't and actually a sense of optimism because a majority of americans who voted for donald trump are the ones who have the most optimism going into this new presidency. and donald trump represents what barack obama represented in 2008, that is actual hope that his words would actually turn into reality. i think americans are giving him a pass, some flexibility when it comes to the statements he's making as they did in the primary and general election. >> right. >> and i think americans and
rest of the nation and world are looking to see how effective these changes are going to be. that's why not taking him at his word like many wish they could be, just to point out how the presidency will be. >> have to leave it there. we'll see what happens to the economy. thanks to republican strategist and vice chair of the democratic party. >> thank you gentlemen. coming up, u.s. is preparing to punish russia for hacking during the u.s. presidential election. >> vladimir putin says he's poised to respond. tense back and forth next. er ] right afterwards we caught her riding shotgun with a mystery man. oh, yeah! [ indistinct shouting ] is this your chauffeur? what?! no, i was just showing him how easy it is to save with snapshot from progressive. you just plug it in
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the u.s. is expected to anuance a series of reprisals against russia for meddling in the u.s. election. u.s. officials say the new measures could be announced as early as thursday. >> cnn learned the pay back could include covert actions and other measures and identifying people believed to be involved in the hacks. moscow denies any wrongdoing. the russian foreign ministry
said it will retaliate if the u.s. takes any hostile steps. i spoke to jill dougherty about what the u.s. retaliation could look like. >> i think one lb sanctions, and ld expect that would be one thing. number two would be diplomatic action and number three would be the covert action. the covert action, we might not even know the united states is taking some action. they can do it without warning. the president has said previously he would do it in his own time. those are the three. from what we understand, it also could include naming the people who are responsible for what the united states alleges is a disinformation project by russia using information it gleaned from the hacks nofrd to
interfere with the elections. russians wasted no time saying we will not sit idly by and we will take action as well. we are in an unpredictable moment right now. >> you mentioned sanctions as being one of the three prongs of the retaliation. are we talking about government officials, or targeting hackers themselves? >> you know, a little unclear. but sanctions so far have been most effective when they are against people close to putin. that would be what the u.s. government would be thinking about. hackers, some of these hackers are probably 20-year-old guys in
a building in st. petersburg. that's not going to have much effect. when you get people higher up, closer to putin and even connected some financial or power way that would be more effective. >> i was going to ask you precise 0ly about that. is there something that putin, since obama pointed the finger of blame toward the russian president, is there something that would make vladimir putin think i shouldn't have done that. i shouldn't have poked the bear? >> i guess pukd call it the nuclear option for the united states would be to reveal information on. it's never been proven which the president has as much money, billions of dollars as some have alleged. that would be targeting the
president of russia itself. it could be unpredictable what he might want to do. the important thing here is we have never really been at a state like this before. this is outright attacking and potentially leading to a cyberwar between the two countries. nobody knows what weapons will be used and how it will end. before we go, an update on the death of debbie reynolds. she was 84 years old. she had trouble breathing and was taken to the hospital. this is one day after losing her daughter carrie fisher. reynolds' son told him she missed carrie and said now his mom is with her. >> you are watching cnn newsroom live from atlanta. i'm rosemary church.
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from cnn world headquarters in atlanta, welcome to our viewers in the united states and of course all around the world. >> i'm rosemary church. >> i'm cyril van vanier. th reynolds was a huge star in the '50s and '60s but never stopped entertaining. cnn correspondent layla santiago has more on her death. >> rosemary and cyril, we don't know what led to debbie reynolds' death. let's walk you through what happened wednesday afternoon. we understand she was complaining of some breathing issues. that's when l.a. fire department responded to the family's beverly hills home. at that time, we were told she was in fair to serious condition. when we checked in with