Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds' Memorial Service Honors This Iconic Pair Together
It was (another) sad day for friends and family members of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. On Thursday, Jan. 5, a memorial service for Fisher and Reynolds was held at their Beverly Hills compound, where the mother-daughter duo were next-door neighbors. According to People magazine, both legendary actors will be buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Friday, Jan. 6.
In December, the pair died one day apart. Fisher, best known for her irrefutably iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, was 60 years old. Her mother, Reynolds, who starred in another touchstone of cinema culture — the musical Singin' in the Rain — was 84. Remembering the lives of the movie stars together, by holding a memorial service for both of them at the same time, seems to fit in line with comments made earlier from Reynolds' son, Todd Fisher. Todd told ABC News' 20/20, “From the family’s perspective, this is Debbie’s destiny. She didn't want to leave Carrie and did not want to her to be alone."
Hollywood Life released photos from Fisher and Reynolds' service. Among the guests were Meryl Streep, Ed Begley Jr., Ellen Barkin, and of course, Fisher's French bulldog, Gary. The latter of which was groomed before the service, according to a snapshot TMZ caught. Also per TMZ, an abundance of white roses and tiger lilies were delivered to Reynolds' home on Thursday. The Hollywood Reporter noted that "Streep was carrying white roses as she walked up the driveway on the gloomy afternoon." Streep has been reportedly asked to give the eulogy for the public memorial of Fisher and Reynolds.
“She didn’t die of a broken heart,” Todd previously told 20/20 about Reynolds. “She just left to be with Carrie... Carrie was a force of nature in her own right, you know, it took another force of nature to bridle and work with that and she was great with her.” Additionally, he said, "We’re broken-hearted, those of us that are left behind. We also are happy that they’re together. It’s horrible, it’s beautiful, it’s magical they are together, it’s beyond words, it’s beyond understanding."
Wishing family, friends, and those that are left behind all the best as they honor the mother-daughter duo together.