Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds public memorial held in Los Angeles

Carla Harmon
April 8, 2017

The beloved actresses were remembered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles at a celebration organized by Reynolds' son Todd Fisher, three months after the film icons died tragically within a day of each other.

The ceremony was livestreamed on the official website for Debbie Reynolds for the world to see.

On Saturday, a joint memorial service was held to pay tribute to actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds. "It was a lovely exit", Todd Fisher added.

The attendees were treated to montages of photos from the women's careers and intimate family snaps - accompanied by the music of "Star Wars" composer John Williams - as well as footage of Reynolds's last performance, with Fisher and her daughter Billie Lourd.

Fisher, who led the cast of the original Star Wars trilogy with Hamill and Harrison Ford, died December 27 in Los Angeles.

A private memorial for the mother and daughter was held back in January in Coldwater Canyon, LA, with George Lucas, Meryl Streep and Gwyneth Paltrow among the mourners. "As the two-hour service began, Todd told the crowd that it would be more of a show than a memorial, because "[Debbie] liked shows and parties".

Hundreds of fans attended the public ceremony that featured numerous family photos and Reynolds' final interview reflecting on her life and philanthropy.

Ghostbusters star Dan paid tribute to his ex-fiancee Carrie, joking that she openly tried to rekindle her romance with singer Paul Simon while they were dating.

The service inside a 1,200-seat auditorium is also being shown on big screens at the cemetery and live-streamed on the internet.

"Here's a chance where we can all get together like family and have an event like family", Todd said. "I once saved her life, applying the Heimlich maneuver to dislodge a brussel sprout, and if I had been with our beloved showboat, I might have been able to save her again", he said. Fisher died on December 27th at age 60, with her mother passing away the next day at age 84.

Pausing for effect, he added, "She was trained in Hollywood, where they teach you to make a great entrance and a great exit".

A new song by James Blunt was also played, written by him as a personal tribute to Fisher following her death.

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