Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans to say goodbye at public service
Fans will bid farewell to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher at a public memorial service on Saturday, three months after the actresses died.
The mother and daughter will be remembered in the 1,200-seat theatre at Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
There will be a tribute song by James Blunt and a performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles.
Singin’ in the Rain’s Reynolds, 84, and Star Wars actress Fisher, 60, died within a day of each other in December.
Reynolds starred in a string of classic Hollywood films in the 1950s and 60s, while her daughter was best-known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars films.
Todd Fisher – brother of Carrie and son of Debbie – has organised Saturday’s service. He said: “The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it.
“She was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her, so we’re opening it to the public.”
James Blunt was friends with Carrie Fisher and recorded part of his debut album in her bathroom. His tribute song will be accompanied by a montage of photographs of the pair.
Todd Fisher said: “He wrote a beautiful song to Carrie that will be released on video on the day of the memorial – we’re going to premiere the song.” He added that “it might rip your heart out”.
The performers will include dancers from the Debbie Reynolds Studio and the event will be live streamed on Debbiereynolds.com.
The public ceremony follows a private memorial service, which took place in January and was attended by stars including Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Meg Ryan.