Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Memorial: Stars Wars' R2D2 And Others Pay Tribute
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 09, 2017,
Apr 09, 2017, 9:16
Three months after the mother-daughter duo died within 24 hours of each other on December 27 and December 28, respectively, they were memorialized at a service hosted by Debbie's son Todd Fisher at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Stars and fans will gather Saturday for a public memorial to honor late actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher almost three months after their deaths.
"It looked like she asked permission to leave, told me she was going to leave, told me she loves me, closed her eyes and went to sleep", he said in an interview with USA Today. "It was a attractive exit", Todd Fisher added. 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".
Hundreds of fans and friends of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are packing an auditorium for a public memorial honoring the celebrated mother and daughter.
"This entire thing I'm calling a show, not a memorial, because my mother... liked shows and parties", he said.
The event, held three months after Fisher and Reynolds' deaths and two months after their actual burial, was designed as a celebration rather than a somber memorial.
"She had long conversations on the phone in my presence with Paul Simon with whom she was attempting to reconcile at the time of my relationship with her". The footage was accompanied by composer John Williams' "Star Wars" theme for Princess Leia.
Reynolds, 84, who won moviegoers' hearts as a star of "Singin' in the Rain", suffered a brain hemorrhage the following day at the Beverly Hills estate the pair shared as she was making funeral arrangements.
"Did we ever meet Carrie Fisher?". "And she really just said to me, 'You know, I know that was really hard on you losing your sister..."
Carrie and Reynolds were buried right after a private memorial in their home in January 6.
James Blunt unveiled his new work "Courtney's Song" at the memorial, Dan Aykroyd spoke to the mourning crowd and the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio provided a performance.
Writing in the memorial programme, Todd and his wife Catherine said both actresses "lived every precious minute of their lives".