Inside Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' joint memorial

Carrie Fisher and her acting legend mother Debbie Reynolds were remembered with laughs, tears, pets and celebrities on Saturday (25Mar17) at a public memorial in Los Angeles.

Dan Aykroyd, who was once engaged to Carrie Fisher and starred with her in "The Blues Brothers", also spoke at the service.

"The entire thing I'm calling a show, not a memorial ... because my mother loved shows", he said.

After Carrie died, Reynolds looked at her son "and asked permission to leave", Todd told the audience. "Then there was the time she promised if I went 1st-she'd heckle my funeral".

It's tough to imagine the hardship of losing a mother and a sister together, but Todd seemed to have made peace with the unusual circumstances. "It was a handsome exit", Todd said.

In a separate post, Hamill paid tribute to Fisher.

"Here I found myself in love with a woman who was returning to a former intimate, and might I say a better choice". He continued, "If I'd been with our beloved showboat, I might have been able to save her again".

The iconic Star Wars princess passed away on December 27 after spending four days in the hospital following a medical emergency she suffered while on flight from London, according to CNN.

The world is devastated by the loss of both Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, within one day of each other.

The service continued with dance routines, a speech from Dan Aykroyd and an appearance from Star Wars droid R2-D2.

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' memorial was held today at Hollywood's Forest Lawn, and from multiple media reports, there were very few dry eyes to be seen. What an incredibly moving celebration of life.

"The rule of thumb was, come here if you want to", said Fisher.

The ceremony is slated to feature music by James Blunt and "Star Wars" composer John Williams and display Hollywood memorabilia that Reynolds collected throughout her life.

The Gay Men's Chorus of LA sang Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors", and attendees watched as both Fisher's and Reynolds' lives flashed before them in photo montages.

Dancers from Debbie Reynold's dance studio performed a tribute to Singin' In The Rain - the film that catapulted Reynolds to fame aged just 19. They will be celebrated for decades and centuries to come. PLEASE consider contributing to this very worthy cause. "I'm here to let you go.' And it's powerful", Todd Fisher previously told Entertainment Tonight. Fisher struggled with addiction and mental illness, which she candidly described in books and interviews.

"She was as amusing and genuine as anyone can imagine".

The ceremony honours the mother-daughter duo's careers at the storied Hollywood Hills cemetery that is their final resting place.

"Star Wars has been a part of our child narrative", she said.

"Did we ever meet Carrie Fisher?".

  • Salvatore Jensen