Mar 262017
 

Tribute To Debbie And Carrie

The public memorial for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher was scheduled for 1 pm but a line of people eager to attend it formed at Forest Lawn at 7 am. Fans of both stars came from the Greater Los Angeles area as well as from other California cities and out of state.

Carrie Fisher (60) died on December 27th 2016 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London days earlier. She is beloved for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” trilogy (original). She was also a best-selling author (her Postcards From The Edge became a box office hit starring Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine).

Her mother Debbie Reynolds (84) died just one day later from a stroke. She was a star from the Hollywood’s Golden Era, making her mark as a consummate performer on the big screen in “Singin’ in the Rain” first. Her successful career spanned many decades.

The public memorial for his mother and sister was organized by Todd Fisher who said: “My mother didn’t like funerals and memorials. She liked shows.” And he created a Hollywood production for them both: filled with intimate memories, fan favorites and a lot of love.

The memorial featured private family photos, videos, musical and dance tributes, even an appearance by R2D2. Dan Aykroyd and Ruta Lee spoke about the stars. John Williams’ music was played. James Blunt’s tribute song to Carrie Fisher moved all present. Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles was stirring. A dynamic performance of “Singin’ in the Rain” brought back memories. At the center of the ceremony – of course – were Debbie and Carrie: their lives, successes and contributions which were remembered and honored.

The public memorial for the two Hollywood legends concluded with a walk to Forest Lawn’s Courts of Remembrance where mother and daughter are buried together.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher are gone. Each left behind a remarkable legacy as an artist and as a human being. During and after the memorial many said that Carrie Fisher coped with her bipolar disorder with dignity and grace; she was a voice for others suffering from the disease. In real life, Debbie Reynolds was no less than the Unsinkable Molly Brown. No wonder the program for the public memorial was imprinted with Natalie Babbitt’s quote: “Don’t be afraid of death, be afraid of an un-lived life.” They both lived: survived and achieved. Our memories of them and their work survive them.

Anything L.A.’s Entertainment Editor, I. Sturm

 

 

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Thank you Mr. Fisher

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I attended the service for Debbie and Carrie. I loved them both, especially Carrie. I'd like to thank Todd Fisher for giving fans of his sister and mother the opportunity to say goodbye.
Mar 242017
 

Public Memorial Service For Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher

The public is invited to pay their respects to two beloved stars Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher this Saturday (March 25th 2017 at 1 pm) at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills.

Todd Fisher made an announcement on his Website in regard to the upcoming memorial service:

“On Saturday, March 25th, there will be a public memorial for my Mother, Debbie Reynolds, and my sister, Carrie Fisher at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills at the Hall of Freedom. 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.

The event will be livestreamed at www.debbiereynolds.com

Just to clarify, the public memorial service for both stars who have died only one day apart and are buried together will take place at the Hall of LIBERTY (not Freedom!) at the Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills. The Hall can seat up to 1,000 people however those who arrive too late to be seated will still be able to follow the service on screens from a large lobby as well as from outside.

Among those expected to pay tributes to the stars are James Blunt who will premiere a tribute song, Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and Debbie Reynolds dance school’s students.

Debbie Reynolds And Baby Carrie Fisher

Debbie Reynolds With Baby Carrie Fisher

A true Hollywood royalty, Debbie Reynolds will always be the sunshine in “Singing In The Rain”. Carrie Fisher – an accomplished and successful author and an actress – will forever be remembered as Princess Leia. Understandably, the funeral services were private. This mother and daughter however played a role in the lives of millions of their fans, too. Now is our opportunity to say goodbye and pay our respects to both stars. Be there to honor the stars who passed on AND to let Todd Fisher and Carrie Fisher’s daughter (Billie Catherine Lourd) know that their loved ones touched MANY lives….

 

 

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So tragic

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Two fabulous women, two successful lives and yet, their lives were filled with undeserved pain, fame and fortune not withstanding. It's a double loss for us all. I'm glad they left together not knowing the pain of separation.
Dec 282016
 
Debbie Reynolds Died One Day After Her Daughter

Debbie Reynolds in Singing In The Rain alongside Gene Kelly (R) and Donald O’Connor (L)

Just a day after the death of her daughter Carrie Fisher, the Unsinkable Molly Brown stopped Singing In The Rain, forever. Debbie Reynolds suffered a stroke and died. She was 84. In my capacity as the editor for the popular Cultural Events In Los Angeles, I interviewed Miss Reynolds a few years back. She wasn’t young anymore but very vivacious, warm and kind. It is hard for me to believe that Hollywood Royalty and a survivor like her would have departed so suddenly and so quickly. The only explanation is a mother’s broken heart. (In the words of her son, Todd Fisher, “she wanted to be with Carrie.”)

Debbie Reynold’s career spanned over 60 years. She starred and appeared on the big screen, the stage and television. Her film and television credits are too many to list, so here are a few highlights:

Having won a beauty contest at 16, she signed a contract with MGM. She appeared in her first film The June Bride in 1948. Having played several supporting roles, she was offered a role in Singing In The Rain in 1952 (not a professional dancer, she danced alongside Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor and was great!)

Many other roles followed: Susan Slept Here (1954); Tammy and the Bachelor (1957); The Unsinkable Molly Brown in 1964 (earned her an Oscar nomination); TV’s The Debbie Reynolds Show (1969-1970); TV’s The Love Boat (1980-1983); TV movie Perry Mason: The Case of the Musical Murder (1989); TV series Roseanne (1997); TV movie These Old Broads 2001; TV series Rugrats (2000-2002); TV series Will & Grace (1999-2006); TV movie Behind the Candelabra (2013) and most recently, TV series The 7D (2015).

Debbie Reynold’s stage credits include: Irene (on Broadway in 1973); Debbie (on Broadway in 1976); Annie Get Your Gun (US Tour in 1977) and Woman of the Year (on Broadway in 1981).

Debbie Reynolds was nominated for many entertainment awards and has won:

  • 1956 National Board of Review
  • 1996 American Comedy Awards
  • 1997 American Comedy Awards
  • 1997 Satellite Awards
  • 2014 Screen Actors Guild (Life Achievement Award)
  • 2015 The Academy Awards (Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award)

Another token of the entertainment industry’s appreciation: Debbie Reynolds received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997. (It is located at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood)

Interesting tidbits:

  • Debbie Reynolds was one of few actresses to have danced – on screen! – with Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly. (The two greatest American dancers!)
  • Debbie wanted to play herself in “Postcards from the Edge”, the 1990 film based on her daughter’s book / memoir. The role went to Shirley MacLaine.
  • Debbie Reynolds was a passionate collector of movie memorabilia. Her collection was impressive and included signed movie posters, over 3,000 costumes and 46,000 square-feet of stored movie props and equipment. It was her dream to share the collection with the public. She tried several times to create the Hollywood Motion Picture Museum, but the project didn’t come to fruition. As far as we know, some of Debbie Reynolds’ extensive Hollywood collection was auctioned off.

The above, gives you a glimpse into her life as a successful and sought-after actress and a professional. But no one’s life is work alone.

The sweet girl next door really was who she appeared to be: a Girl Scout. Good, honest, caring and hardworking. Perhaps naïve belongs on the list, too. Her personal life brought her a lot of heartache and – in spite of her work, earnings and savings – severe financial hardship which at one point forced her to live out of her car.

At 23, Debbie fell in love with and married a popular pop-singer and actor Eddie Fisher with whom she had two children (Todd and Carrie Fisher). The couple was close friends with Mike Todd (Oscar-winning movie producer) and his wife, Elizabeth Taylor. Following Todd’s tragic death in an airplane crash, Fisher took upon himself to console Todd’s young widow. One thing led to another: Debbie Reynolds marriage to Eddie Fisher ended in divorce; Fisher married Elizabeth Taylor, and the rest is history. (The jilted wife, Reynolds and the seductress, Taylor eventually made peace during the filming of the 2001 TV movie These Old Broads.)

10 years later Debbie Reynolds decided to settle for a comfortable marriage to a shoe mogul, Harry Karl. Years into the marriage, Debbie found out that the originally prosperous businessman was a compulsive gambler who gambled away not only his fortune but hers as well… (It was in the aftermath of her second marriage that Debbie suffered the worst financial crisis of her life.)

Her third and final marriage – to real estate developer, Richard Hamlett – didn’t bring Reynolds happiness, either. (He was not only unfaithful and greedy but Debbie suspected he might have been willing to kill her to collect on her life insurance.) This marriage too ended in divorce (1996).

Debbie Reynolds, America’s Sweetheart, so pretty, talented, hardworking and good was very unlucky in love.

So, this is a much abbreviated life story of Debbie Reynolds, the talented and very successful goody two-shoes forced by life’s circumstances to work harder and longer than most and to become a successful entrepreneur just to amend for the financial losses her husbands caused. She succeeded at this, too. At the time of her death her fortune is estimated to be about forty million dollars.

Speaking of her daughter, Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds once said: People used to call her “Debbie Reynolds’ daughter,” now they call me “Princess Leia’s mother!” In the end, they left this planet, together: “Debbie Reynolds’ daughter” and “Princess Leia’s mother”.

The staff of Anything L.A. Magazine and the staff of Cultural Events In Los Angeles express their deepest condolences to the family of Miss Reynolds: her children and grandchildren; to her friends, admirers and fans. A legendary STAR of Hollywood’s Golden Era is gone. We are heartbroken. The death of Carrie Fisher was a tragedy. The death of Debbie Reynolds is devastating. It is with heavy hearts that we say: Debbie Reynolds wasn’t just an actress, she had guts and spirit, she was an extra-ordinary person and we’ll miss her very much.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich

 

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Dec 272016
 

Carrie Fisher Suffers Heart Attack On A Plane

While on a plane from London to Los Angeles, Carrie Fisher (Star Wars’ beloved Princess Leia) suffered massive heart attack. According to reports provided by the plane’s passengers, the plane’s captain asked immediately whether there is a medical doctor onboard. The flight’s crew, an emergency medical technician and a nurse rushed to help. We’ve been told that CPR was performed on Carrie Fisher while the plane was still in the air.

The airplane reached LAX about fifteen minutes after the crises begun. Still in spite the efforts of many, Fisher was unresponsive when the plane landed. An ambulance took her to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from the tarmac. Carrie spent several days in intensive care reportedly fighting for life. She passed away, today on December 27the 2016.

Carrie Fisher was the daughter of Hollywood’s royalty. Her mother is Debbie Reynolds; her father was Eddie Fisher. She was an actress, producer, screenwriter, author and speaker. Those who knew her well valued her extra-ordinary, self-deprecating sense of humor. Carrie Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia in 2015 Star Wars: The Force Awakens. She was in London on a promotional tour for her new book “The Princess Diarist” which was named Best Book of Fall 2016 by the PEOPLE Magazine. It was on her way back home from London that she suffered cardiac arrest from which she didn’t recover.

Carrie Fisher is survived by her daughter Billie Lourd, her mother and siblings. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and fans.

 

 

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We love you Princess Leia

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Fight and come back!