Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds' Memorial: R2-D2 Makes Appearance & More
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 04, 2017,
Apr 04, 2017, 4:23
In the end, it was a celebration that Todd Fisher said his mother and sister would have loved.
"Although Carrie and I did not get married we had taken blood tests in anticipation of maybe having a child".
A crowd gathered in Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills on March 25 to honor the two actresses as the 1,200 seat cemetery was filled to capacity.
Actor Dan Aykroyd has revealed he once saved his ex Carrie Fisher's life when she was choking on a Brussels sprout.
"Carrie's life would never be the same", he said. "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.
And Dan, 64, admitted he felt responsible for the death of Carrie, 60, last year, because he thought he might have been able to save her if they were together. Fisher said that a public service was in keeping with how both women embraced the people who supported and adored them.
Todd explained that his mom had previously said that she didn't want to outlive her daughter, who had battled drug addiction and mental illness over the years.
Hundreds of fans attended the public ceremony that featured numerous family photos and Reynolds' final interview reflecting on her life and philanthropy.
On Saturday afternoon, the Forest Lawn cemetery in Los Angeles held a public ceremony in honor of Reynolds and Fisher that The Hollywood Reporter describes as "jubilant".
There was also a costume from "Singin' in the Rain", the classic 1952 film in which Reynolds portrayed Kathy Selden.
"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.
When speakers weren't delivering one-liners - some that had been uttered or penned by Fisher and Reynolds - music and dance took over the stage. And, although he wasn't present, "I'm Here to Let You Go", an original song by Fisher's close friend James Blunt, made its debut during a photo montage. "You had both generations", she said.
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.
Actress Ruta Lee sang "I'll Be Seeing You" for Reynolds after speaking about their collective charitable efforts.