How The Halloweentown Stars Paid Tribute To Debbie Reynolds


Silver screen legend Debbie Reynolds passed away earlier this week, only one day after the death of her daughter, Carrie Fisher. Reynolds will be remembered for her long career on stage and screen, and social media has been filled with an outpouring of love for the actress. For many of a certain generation, Reynolds will be best remembered for her role as matriarch Aggie Cromwell in the Disney Channel film series Halloweentown, and her co-stars hit the web to express their condolences for Reynolds' passing.

Actress Kimberly J. Brown played Aggie's granddaughter Marnie Piper in the first three installments of the Halloweentown films. Brown took to Facebook in the aftermath of Debbie Reynolds' death to share just how much Reynolds meant to her, saying this:

She was so talented and wise, which easily could have gone to her head, but instead she went out of her way to help others shine as brightly as they could. She'd try to move huge ladders on set just to help the crew, and looked out for every actor no matter the size their role. Her humility, grace, and care for others inspired me so much as a teen and is something that will always stay with me. "Being normal is vastly overrated" is a quote from Halloweentown, and how fitting it is that her character spoke it. Her generosity, talent, and loving spirit made her anything but normal. Thanks for the magic, Debbie. Rest in peace.

Kimberly Brown is only one of the former Halloweentown stars to honor Debbie Reynolds via social media. Judith Hoag played Aggie's daughter Gwen Cromwell Piper, and she used Twitter to express her feelings about the death of her on-screen mom. Take a look:

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Debbie Reynolds' Halloweentown grandson had a social media post of his own. J. Paul Zimmerman played Dylan Piper, and he clearly has very fond memories of his TV grandmother. He used Instagram to memorialize Reynolds, posting this:

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Halloweentown will never go down as Debbie Reynolds' most well-known role. Still, the generation of youngsters who tuned into the Disney Channel in the late 1990s and early 2000s will always remember her as the good-natured witch who only wanted what was best for her family and the other inhabitants of Halloweentown. Sure, her family didn't always get along, and Halloweentown wasn't always a peaceful place, but she brought a wondrous sense of magic to her endeavors that made her unforgettable.

Debbie Reynolds passed away due to a stroke that she suffered while with her son in the wake of the death of her daughter. She will be missed by all who knew, loved, and admired her, but at least we have her projects in film and television to watch whenever we want to remember her. Take a look at our midseason TV premiere schedule to see what else you can catch on TV in the not-too-distant future.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).