James Blunt debuted a new song farewelling Carrie Fisher

Carla Harmon
April 2, 2017

In a recent interview with "Entertainment Tonight", Todd Fisher said he believes his mother was "asking for permission" to join his sister in death.

Fans of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, were able to pay their final respects at a public memorial held Saturday.

There were few tears throughout the ceremony Saturday, which honored the mother-daughter duo's impact on film, culture and those who knew them with a mix of photos, videos, and anecdotes that kept the audience laughing and applauding.

"I know both these magnificent women will have a song for us on our own arrival at the station, when our own crossings come", he said.

"She was always my princess", Todd Fisher said of his sister, who played Princess Leia in five "Star Wars" films. Across the stage, near a piano, sat an empty chair with Reynolds' name on it.

Fisher, 60, died on December 27, four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from Britain where she had been shooting the third season of a British television comedy.

Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated actress who shot to fame after starring in Singin' in the Rain at age 19, died the following day after being briefly hospitalised. Equipped with smiles and punch lines, he explained to attendees that the public event "is a show and not a memorial, because my mother didn't like memorials and funerals".

Fisher said he never saw his mother turn a fan away. "She would make you feel included in whatever you saw her in".

TCM's Ben Mankiewicz spoke, as did Carrie's friend Griffin Dunne and Carrie's former fiancé and Blues Brothers costar Dan Ackroyd, who lightheartedly related how she sought his advice during their engagement about reconciling with her future husband Paul Simon.

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are being remembered by the fans who adored them.

Reynolds died of a hemorrhagic stroke, or a ruptured blood vessel in her brain the next day. "We really shouldn't be here this soon", he said.

Before her death, Fisher had completed filming for her part in the latest "Star Wars" episode, "The Last Jedi", which is due for release in December.

De Becker also noted Fisher's habit of revealing herself, warts and all, and how it made her a symbol of acceptance and of women's power. The caption was so ideal: "Then there was the time she promised if I went 1st-she'd heckle my funeral".

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