Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds Remembered in Public Memorial Service

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Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds remembered in public memorial service

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Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds were remembered with laughs and tears during a public memorial service held in Los Angeles on Saturday.

Three months after the mother-daughter duo died within 24 hours of each other on December 27 and 28 December, respectively, they were memorialized at a service hosted by Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher at Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

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Event highlights included an image of Fisher’s birth certificate being transforming into that of Princess Leia’s, then again into a series of home movies and clips of her film and TV appearances. The footage was accompanied by composer John Williams’ Star Wars theme for Princess Leia. One of the most moving moments of the service was when beloved Star Wars robot R2-D2 moved across the stage as if lost, while emitting its trademark beeping sound. There was a photo montage of Fisher’s life too, with British singer James Blunt’s massive 2005 hit You’re Beautiful playing during it. Blunt was a close friend of Fisher’s and she acted as a godmother to his son. After the montage was completed, with barely a dry eye in the house, Todd Fisher revealed that Blunt and Carrie Fisher were “deeply connected” and that the musician had written the track at Carrie Fisher’s house. “On the piano in her bathroom, like we all have,” he laughed. Comedian Dan Aykroyd, who was engaged to Fisher before the couple split in 1980, had the crowd laughing too, when he shared a story about performing the Heimlich maneuver when she choked on a brussels sprout. Then the mood turned somber again when acclaimed male choir, The Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, performed Cyndi Lauper’s 1986 hit True Colors. The Movie Channel host Ben Mankiewicz highlighted Fisher’s fine-tuned “buls**t detector” and local teenage dancers performed a routine to “Singin’ in the Rain,” the iconic song from the 1952 musical of the same name, which made Reynolds famous. “I think Debbie would have liked that,” Todd Fisher noted. He also introduced Fisher’s beloved pets including French bulldog Gary, who traveled the world with his famous mom, and is now being looked after by Fisher’s daughter, Scream Queens star Billie Lourd. Lourd did not attend the service, though she had initially planned to. Fisher’s parrot Archie, a gift from music business legend David Geffen was also in attendance.

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