LOS ANGELES (AP) — Debbie Reynolds is not able to attend the motion picture academy's seventh annual Governors Awards ceremony, where she's being honored with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said in a statement Friday that Reynolds will miss the Saturday night gala because of "an unexpectedly long recovery from a recent surgery." There were no further details on the nature of the surgery. Reynolds's granddaughter will accept the award, the academy said.
"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," Reynolds said in the statement.
Honorary Oscars will also be presented Saturday to Spike Lee and Gena Rowlands, both for career achievement.