While fans are devastated by the losses of both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, who died within a day of each other in December 2016, the loss must be infinitely painful for close friends and family of the iconic women. According to The Hollywood Reporter, those closest to Fisher and Reynolds will have an opportunity to pay their respects at a small and private memorial for the women on Thursday, Jan. 5 in Beverly Hills.
Reynolds, who was at one time known as America's Sweetheart, rose to fame after her work in the renowned musical Singin' in the Rain. Her daughter may have grown in the shadow of her celebrity mother but made it to stardom by her own right for her performance as Leia Organa in the Stars Wars franchise. The women remained close despite their slightly unusual and spotlight-filled ,relationship which Fisher captured in her own novel, Postcards from the Edge and even lived on the same compound. After their deaths Reynolds' son and Fisher's brother, Todd Fisher, told ABC News that the two will be buried next to each other at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles due to a couple of hummingbirds (a favorite of Reynolds) hanging around the side-by-side funeral plots.
A source told THR, “I’m not sure what they’re calling it — a funeral or a wake — but it will be Thursday at the house. It will be exactly what they both wanted, to be together.” When Reynolds had her stroke on Dec. 28, her son Todd Fisher shared with ABC that,"she then said she really wanted to be with Carrie in those precise words. And within 15 minutes from that conversation she faded out and within 30 minutes, she technically was gone.” He went on to say that despite a few broken hearts, “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.”
It is not clear yet if either actor will have a public funeral. No matter what the case, our thoughts are with the family at this time.