Reynolds and Fisher honored with humor, music and dance
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Mar 30, 2017,
Mar 30, 2017, 9:21
The iconic mother-daughter pair of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher were honored and celebrated in a heartfelt public ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday.
After the memorial, actress Joan Van Ark was visibly moved.
There were speeches of remembrance from Aykroyd - who was briefly engaged to Fisher in the 1970s before she Wednesday singer/songwriter Paul Simon - and Turner Classic Movies host Ben Mankiewicz. Pacific Time. People could get in line to join the ceremony on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday and the venue can hold about 1,200 people. Across the stage, near a piano, sat an empty chair with Reynolds' name on it.
The Star Wars actress passed away on December 27 from the effects of a cardiac arrest she suffered on a flight from London to LA.
Screen legends Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher - mother and daughter - died a day apart last December. And then she was gone.. Film clips from the careers of both Reynolds and Fisher were shown.
Anthony "Kanec" Carr, front left, and a troupe from Debbie Reynolds' dance studio perform an homage to "Singin' in the Rain", at the Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Memorial Service at The Forest Lawn on March 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. As with much of the ceremony, Lee sprinkled humor throughout.
The sentiments of the original song written by James Blunt for Carrie and played at the event shared what all those who attended the memorial were feeling.
The back-to-back deaths of two prominent actresses were stunning, but they were made even more poignant by the womens complex history.
Fisher had spoken publicly about her battle with bipolar disorder and drug problems during her life.
"What's it called?" Dunne said he asked Fisher over the phone.
Two of Reynolds' dresses that she wore onscreen and her honorary Oscar were also on display.
Hosted by Reynolds' son and Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, the event ― or show, according to Todd, since "my mother didn't like memorials and funerals" ― was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
He also introduced Carrie's beloved pets including French bulldog Gary, who travelled the world with his famous mum, and is now being looked after by Carrie's daughter, "Scream Queens" star Billie Lourd.
Stars including Meryl Streep, Tracey Ullman and Stephen Fry mourned the actresses at a private memorial in January.