Public Memorial Service Held For Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 3:48
Debbie Reynolds' son gave an emotional speech about his mother's heartbreak at losing daughter Carrie Fisher at a memorial service for them both.
"I worked three jobs to get myself here since January", said Rebecca Fisher-Jackson, who traveled to L.A. from Cornwall, England, for the service and said Carrie Fisher was a big part of her childhood.
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.
There was also a costume from "Singin' in the Rain", the classic 1952 film in which Reynolds portrayed Kathy Selden.
At the end of the montage, a working R2-D2 unit mournfully beeped at a picture of Fisher and at an empty director's chair with her name on it. Fisher died several days after falling ill on an global flight, and Reynolds died of a stroke.
The public ceremony will be held at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, where Fisher and Reynolds were laid to rest; Fisher's ashes were placed in a giant Prozac pill-shaped urn. "She would make you feel included in whatever you saw her in". "We shouldn't be here so soon in our lives".
The memorial service featured a photo montage that was accompanied by the debut of a new track by Carrie's close friend James Blunt, 43.
Fans were shown clips from famous movies featuring Debbie and Carrie, as well as home videos of Carrie as a child.
He said he's tried to leave "breathing room" for Carrie Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, noting that he was more heartbroken for her than for himself and praising her for being a "powerful gal" who is "genetically Carrie and Debbie". Carrie's parrot Archie, a gift from music business legend David Geffen was also in attendance.
TCM's Ben Mankiewicz spoke, as did Carrie's friend Griffin Dunne and Carrie's former fiancé and Blues Brothers costar Dan Ackroyd, who lightheartedly related how she sought his advice during their engagement about reconciling with her future husband Paul Simon. "Fiercely funny-I know she would also like us all to laugh today". "I don't know for sure when I [will] go'". 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".