Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds celebrated at public memorial
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 03, 2017,
Apr 03, 2017, 1:02
The memorial included a personalised song written by James Blunt, who was close to Carrie, as well as a performance of Singing In The Rain by a modern dance troupe.
Celebrities were not expected at the event, but Fisher's former fiancé still made an appearance and even managed to make people laugh through their tears with his eulogy for Fisher. He invited friends of his mom like Dan Aykroyd and Ruta Lee.
Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd was absent from the event, as was Gary - the beloved French bulldog of the Star Wars actress. "You are all her people - not just her extended family, but her close friends and fans, he said of the "living room" experience."We would be sharing these same kinds of films and photographs, telling the same stories". "In fact, she had long conversations on the phone in my presence with Paul Simon, with whom she was attempting to reconcile", he said.
In his speech, Dan also mentioned that the pair were so serious at one point that they had "taken blood tests in preparation to have a child".
"Todd is Reynolds" son and Carrie Fisher's brother. He called it a show, saying his mother hated to attend memorials.
"Everyone is having a hard time". Across the stage, near a piano, sat an empty chair with Reynolds' name on it. Everyone's favorite space robot "wept" until Todd Fisher knelt down to comfort him.
She passed away just one day after the Star Wars actress was struck by a fatal heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles in December a year ago. He recounted how Fisher took him on global trips and "gave me so many firsts".
He also spoke about Reynolds' last day before she succumbed to the shock of her daughter's passing: "She looked at me to ask for permission to leave, said she wanted to be with Carrie, closed her eyes and went to sleep".
"And she really just said to me, 'You know, I know that was really hard on you losing your sister.' [And I said], 'I mean, Carrie was there holding my hand when I took my first steps". "It ripped my heart out". But my mother said, 'I know that's tough.
"Then there was the time she promised if I went 1st-she'd heckle my funeral". The women died a day apart from one another in December. "When I found out she passed, it was like we lost a family member", said Liza Rios-Proprofsky, who was at the front of the line with her husband.