The two actresses were close starlet pals on the MGM lot and Reynolds served as matron of honor at Taylor’s wedding to film producer Mike Todd. Todd, in turn, was something of a surrogate brother to Reynolds’ husband, Eddie Fisher.
When Todd died suddenly in a plane crash, Fisher rushed to Taylor’s side to comfort her—”with his penis,” as his daughter Carrie Fisher put it. Reynolds was left to raise their two children alone, and didn’t see Taylor until years later when she had dumped Fisher for Richard Burton. Bumping into each other on a cruise, the former friends decided to bury the hatchet over dinner.
Many years later, the two appeared together in the 2001 TV movie These Old Broads, alongside Shirley MacLaine and Joan Collins.