Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher honored at Hollywood ceremony
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 9:24
"You are all her people - not just her extended family, but her close friends and fans", Todd Fisher said. After Fisher and Dunne attended the Star Wars premiere in NY together - each seeing the movie for the first time - Dunne said he was hit by a realization: "I knew I'd have to share Carrie with a lot more people than our gang".
"Better late than never, as they say", Todd Fisher, Reynolds' son, said before adding the public event "is a show and not a memorial, because my mother didn't like memorials and funerals".
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 was 60, Reynolds was 84.
Todd Fisher, with "Star Wars" robot R2-D2, speaks at a memorial for his mother, Debbie Reynolds, and sister, Carrie Fisher, at Forest Lawn cemetery.
"And if I'd been with our beloved showboat, I might be able to save her again".
Today, fans get to bid remember Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds together.
The very next day, Carrie's mother, the legendary Debbie Reynolds, died after suffering a stroke.
"It's important because my mom raised me on 'Star Wars, '" said Heather Jackson, 24, who drove five hours from Bullhead City, Arizona, to attend the memorial.
Dancers from Debbie Reynolds' Dance Studio also performed a tribute to Singin' In The Rain, as well as a montage of the pair being shown to the tune of James Blunt's You're handsome.
"I feel they are part of my family".
The two were buried side by side on January 6, one day after a private memorial at their homes, which were also next door to one another.
"My mother said to me the night that Carrie died... we were talking that night and I didn't know what was happening, but she was setting me up for her leaving the planet", he said.
Describing his mother's final moment, Todd Fisher said: "It was a very peaceful exit that only my mother could have orchestrated". Performances from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and Debbie Reynolds Dance School were also done in honor of Debbie's incredible career. "You know that these pets are going to be well looked after".
Inside, there was an area set up featuring costumes from Fisher and Reynolds' most iconic roles.
Dunne recounted living with Fisher in NY when they were both young actors, and her initial reactions to working on "Star Wars".
More than 1,200 people attended the memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery but Carrie Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd did not join her uncle for the ceremony.