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.
Jan 062017
 
Carrie Fisher's dog

Gary – Carrie Fisher’s orphaned dog – greeted guests arriving to memorialize his mistress and her mother. He is missing them, too….

UPDATE: On Friday 01/06/17 a private funeral for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher (the Hollywood Dynasty’s mother and daughter who died only a day apart) was held at the Hollywood Hills’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The ceremony brought together the family, friends and their famous Hollywood peers.

Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher shared that the family didn’t know what container to use for Carrie’s ashes. In the end it was decided that an item she cherished – which also represents her sense of humor – is most appropriate. What was the item? A container – replica of a giant Prozac pill.

The loving mother and daughter were interred together. In Todd Fisher’s words, “they were together here and now they are together in Heaven.”

The two stars were laid to rest in a close proximity to Bette Davis and Liberace memorials. A public memorial service is planned and will be announced in a near future.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher rest in peace. Their artistic legacies are here to stay.

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On Thursday 01/05/17 Hollywood’s who–is-who gathered for a private memorial service for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. Among the 200 mourners were Meryl Streep, George Lucas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Courtney Love and Ellen Barkin. They honored the memory of both stars and comforted Fisher’s brother Todd Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd.

A larger memorial service and a funeral in the Hollywood Hills’ Forest Lawn Memorial Park, is scheduled for tomorrow. According to reports – no official statement was released by the family so far – actress Meryl Streep, who portrayed Carrie Fisher in a film based on Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel “Postcards from the Edge”, is to give the eulogy. A section for the public will be reserved for the ceremony. The reports are unconfirmed.

Mother and daughter who were best friends and died just one day apart will be laid to rest together. Debbie Reynolds wished to be buried. Carrie Fisher wanted to be cremated and was. Reynolds’ remains will be buried with a part of Fisher’s ashes.

To most of us, Debbie Reynolds’ death was a case of a mother’s broken heart and that much more devastating. Her son Todd however finds solace in the fact that the two are together, again. He’s likely right. It might have been too painful for Debbie Reynolds as a mother, to be left behind and suffer from the separation from her daughter.

May both stars, mother and daughter, rest in peace. May their family find comfort in our grief which confirms how much both were loved.

 

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