Fans Gather at Public Memorial, Celebrate Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds

Her 84-year-old mother, star of Singin' In The Rain, died of a suspected stroke a day after her daughter.

That's how Todd Fisher described the public service he organized for his sister Carrie Fisher and mom Debbie Reynolds in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Debbie Reynolds' son and Carrie Fisher's brother, Todd, embraces R2D2 at his mother and sister's memorial (Photo by Stewart Cook/Variety/REX/Shutterstock).

"She looked at me to ask for permission to leave, said she wanted to be with Carrie, closed her eyes and went to sleep", he shared. "It was a lovely exit", Todd Fisher added.

The memorial, which began at 1 p.m. PT on Saturday, featured a dance tribute from the Debbie Reynolds Studio, as well as music from Star Wars composer John Williams, the Gay Men's Chorus of L.A., and singer James Blunt. Despite Fisher's Star Wars co-stars ending up unable to attend her public memorial service, it is quite poetic that the actors were tied up doing work on the movie franchise that made all three of them famous. Equipped with smiles and punch lines, he explained to attendees that the public event "is a show and not a memorial, because my mother didn't like memorials and funerals".

Todd then recounted a story about being with his mom as a kid when they encountered a fan: "Not one fan I ever saw her turn away".

The service was also livestreamed on Debbie's website.

"We knew movies would never be the same, and you just knew Carrie's life would never be the same", he said.

"Debbie always said she was unsinkable, and that's so true", she added. I knew Carrie for a short while. I [said], 'You're going to be OK, everything is under control.' And she starts running me back through her estate, which we had done many times.

Fisher, 60, an actress and writer who starred as Princess Leia in the original "Star Wars" trilogy, died December 27 after suffering a medical emergency days earlier aboard a flight from London. "Many times in our life we would have to have a tour bus take us to places just to bring the pets".

Reynolds was well-known for collecting Hollywood memorabilia though much of her life.

Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, 24, is fully supportive of the memorial and will attend.

  • Salvatore Jensen