Dan Aykroyd, Griffin Dunne Remember Carrie & Debbie, "Beloved Showboats"
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 29, 2017,
Mar 29, 2017, 20:42
Carrie Fisher said she wanted to have a public service for her funeral. Following the death of the Star Wars icon at the very tail end of December, Reynolds suffered what appeared to be a stroke and died the next day.
On Saturday, fans were able to pay their final respects to Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, whose public memorial service was livestreamed in addition to serving as a public event.
The two-hour ceremony Saturday was a mix of music and dance spliced with some never-before-seen footage of the mother-daughter duo reflecting on their lives.
The massive event saw The Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles perform along with James Blunt. Robot R2D2 came out onto the stage looking for his princess, making plaintive noises before rolling over to an empty chair.
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 Ghostbusters actor also jokingly revealed that Fisher openly tried to rekindle her romance with singer Paul Simon, 75, while they were dating.
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. "She was trained in Hollywood where they teach you to make a great entrance, and exit".
Comedian Dan Aykroyd, who was engaged to Carrie before the couple split in 1980, had the crowd laughing too, when he shared a story about performing the Heimlich when she choked on a brussels sprout. After being buried in January, the family thought that people who loved them also need to get a chance to say goodbye. The caption was attached to a tweet which held several photos of Fisher and Reynolds posing with one another throughout their lives. Heather Jackson of Arizona said, "It feels like we're here to mourn - and to celebrate - a family member today". She was helping me with a book.
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It took place at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles, the final resting place for Carrie and Debbie, 84, who died within two days of each other a year ago.
Many also paused to snap photos with some of the actresses' memorabilia that was displayed outside the theater, including two dresses Fisher wore while filming "Star Wars" and "When Harry Met Sally", and two of Reynolds' costumes from "Singin' in the Rain" and "Unsinkable Molly Brown".