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'Will & Grace' Fans Melt Down over Billie Lourd Guest Appearance

by Kilian Melloy
Friday Feb 7, 2020
'Will & Grace' stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing with guest star Bilie Lourd
'Will & Grace' stars Eric McCormack and Debra Messing with guest star Bilie Lourd   (Source:Eric McCormack / Twitter)

"Will and Grace" fans were in full meltdown mode after Billie Lourd appeared on the venerable gay sitcom, reports Entertainment Weekly.

Lourd, the real-life granddaughter of Debbie Reynolds, portrayed the granddaughter Reynolds played on the show during its original run on NBC from 1998 - 2006. The show returned to NBC in 2017, where it immediately resumed its status as a hit. The current season will be the show's last, and is its eleventh overall.

Reynolds, - who dies in 2017 before the show's return to the air - has a recurring role as Grace's mother, Bobbi Adler. In her Feb. 6 guest spot, Billie Lourd - the daughter of Carrie Fisher and Reynolds' actual granddaughter - played Grace's niece, and Bobbi's granddaughter.

Fans on social media were in a puddle of emotion, as was star Eric McCormack, who plays Will. Tweeted McCormack:

"We miss you, Debbie."

Accompanying the tweet was a photo of McCormack with co-star Debra Messing (who plays Grace), and - nestled between them, and holding a photo that showed Reynolds - Lourd.

Other tweets evinced similar sentimental responses.

EW took note of the fact that Lourd portrayed a younger version of her mother's iconic "Star Wars" character, Leia Organa, in a flashback scene in "The Rise of Skywalker."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.


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