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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced Friday that Debbie Reynolds, who will be honored at Governors Awards on Saturday night with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, will not be able to attend the event.
The Academy issued a statement saying that, “The Academy and the family of Debbie Reynolds announce that due to an unexpectedly long recovery from a recent surgery, Reynolds will regretfully be unable to attend.” Her granddaughter Billie Lourd will accept the award on her behalf.
“I’m heartbroken that I’m unable to be there in person to receive this extraordinary honor you have given me — so you could see how unbelievably happy you have made me. If joy could be weighed, this would be the most sizable rejoicing one could feel, especially if that one is me,” Reynolds said.
“We’re saddened to hear that Debbie won’t be able to personally accept her well-deserved Oscar,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “We look forward to honoring her lifetime achievements and commitment to philanthropy in a fitting tribute with her family and friends.”
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