Fans remember Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds at memorial service

By Eric DuVall  |  Updated March 27, 2017 at 7:05 AM
share with facebook
share with twitter
1 of 4
| License Photo

March 25 (UPI) -- Hundreds of fans gathered at a Los Angeles cemetery on Saturday to honor the mother-daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a memorial service.

Fisher, 60, died of a heart attack Dec. 27 and Reynolds, 84, died a day later.

Todd Fisher, the surviving brother and son, told gatherers the service should reflect the Hollywood glamour Reynolds and Fisher embodied.

"The entire thing I'm calling a show, not a memorial ... because my mother loved shows," he said. "This show was designed for you to be in our living room together ... celebrating two amazing women."

The crowd was eclectic, some clad in elegant dresses and suits, others in costume as Princess Leia, Fisher's iconic character in the Star Wars movies.

The Los Angeles Times reported the Hollywood Hills Hall of Liberty at the Forest Lawn cemetery was packed to capacity, with 1,200 attendees inside and hundreds more outside.

Video tributes to the women's careers were shown as well as famous scenes from their most famous movies -- Star Wars for Fisher and Singin' In the Rain for Reynolds.

A mournful R2D2, Leia's robot sidekick, made an appearance, as well. Music accompaniment was from Star Wars composer John Williams and songwriter James Blunt, a family friend.

Comedian Dan Aykroyd, who was briefly engaged to Fisher in the 1970s, lamented her passing.

"We shouldn't be here so soon in our lives," he said.

A private funeral for family and close friends was held in January.

Related UPI Stories
Trending Stories