Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ public memorial announced for March
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds’ fans will be able to pay their respects at a public memorial on March 25.
The ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ star passed away on a flight from London to Los Angeles in December after suffering a heart attack and her mother Debbie died a day later of a stroke, and Carrie’s brother Todd Fisher has announced he has organised a special send off, which will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills.
In a post on his website – hollywoodmotionpictureexperience.com/news – Todd wrote: "We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you. The service will begin at 1:00 PM and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so.
"There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, first seated basis, There are no tickets, it is first come, first seated. There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service."
A private memorial service was held on January 6, where some of the Hollywood legend’s ashes were buried alongside her mother the park.
The day before the burial, Carrie and Debbie were remembered at a private memorial at Carrie’s home in Los Angeles, where Meryl Streep performed the song ‘Happy Days Are Here Again’ by Ben Selvin and The Crooners.
Speaking about the ceremony, a friend close to the family said: "By the end everyone was singing.
"Billie wanted the people her mother loved to at her in that living room one last time.
"The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie."
The ceremony is believed to have been attended by over 150 guests, including Gwyneth Paltrow, Tracey Ullman, comedian Stephen Fry and Carrie’s beloved dog Gary, who all dined on fried chicken, green vegetables and cornbread.
The close friend said the service brought back fond memories of days spent at the house with Carrie and her mother.
The source said: "Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever heard."