Three months after Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds were laid to rest side by side, their family invited the public to join in the celebration of their life.
Hundreds of fans lined up for a chance to attend Saturday’s public memorial service took place at the auditorium at Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Cemetery, with a live stream set up on DebbieReynolds.com so that fans outside the area could join in.
The event, organized by Todd Fisher, Carrie’s brother and the younger child of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, promised a service befitting the show-business legends, full of singing, dancing and pets. (Reynolds’ dog Dwight and Fisher’s sidekick Gary the Bulldog had their own reserved seats.)
Minutes before the ceremony was set to begin, reporters were told Fisher’s daughter, 24-year-old Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd, would not attend after all. Her uncle had previously said that she would attend, but not speak or perform. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Fisher said, “She realized, ‘I’d be lucky to sit through this.'”
The ceremony started with a color guard in honor of Reynolds, whom Fisher said was “very patriotic” and had participated in multiple USO tours, after which he said, he hoped the ceremony would offer fans a glimpse “into our living room.”
The pre-taped portion of the ceremony started off with Carrie’s birth certificate morphing into that of Princess Leia, followed by home movies and film clips, all set to Star Wars composer John William’s theme for Princess Leia.
Afterward, R2D2 wandered the stage, beeping mournfully until Fisher knelt down to comfort him.
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