Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds celebrated at public memorial

LOS ANGELES — Stars and fans gathered Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher almost three months after their deaths.

Actress Debbie Reynolds poses with her daughter actress Carrie Fisher backstage after accepting her Lifetime Achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles, California January 25, 2015.

A public memorial service for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds has taken place in LA. There were performances by the The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and the Debbie Reynolds Dance Company, plus montages of some of Reynolds' and Fishers' greatest cinematic moments.

Fisher, who shot to global prominence as a teenager after playing Princess Leia in "Star Wars", died on December 27 at the age of 60 after suffering a medical emergency on a flight from London a few days earlier.

Fisher, 60, died December 27, days after suffering a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Reynolds, 84, who won moviegoers' hearts as a star of "Singin' in the Rain", suffered a brain hemorrhage the following day at the Beverly Hills estate the pair shared as she was making funeral arrangements.

The public is invited to the memorial service at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles where the two were laid to rest side-by-side.

Reynolds lost one husband to Elizabeth Taylor, and two other husbands plundered her for millions.

The afternoon was billed as a celebration, and included a memorabilia display featuring a dress worn by Fisher in the original "Star Wars".

"When Carrie Fisher passed, it was actually like a member of the family had left us".

Over 1,200 family members, friends and fans of the beloved Hollywood mother-daughter duo attended the service, almost three months after their deaths.

The Ghostbusters star went on to describe his connection with Fisher throughout their lives, even mentioning that they were so serious about each other at one point, that they had "taken blood tests in anticipation of maybe having a child". She was a one of a kind person and the world is most definitely darker without her. "We shouldn't be here so soon in our lives". Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher, told reporters his mother was struggling to cope with the unexpected death of her daughter. The final line sang "I'm here to let you know".

Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd, was in attendance, as was her beloved therapy dog, Gary, along with Carrie and Todd's half-sisters, Joely and Tricia Fisher, and their mom, Connie Stevens (who was married to the late Eddie Fisher in the 1960s).

  • Salvatore Jensen