How Fans Can Attend Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds' Public Memorial Service
Following a screening of Bright Lights — the HBO documentary about Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds — at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in California on Wednesday, Todd Fisher revealed details about the public memorial planned for Fisher and Reynolds. "The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it," Todd said, according to Variety. "She [Reynolds] was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her, so we’re opening it to the public." Todd was joined by his wife, actor and author Catherine Hickland, who explained that she and her husband have been working on planning the memorial for months, and that the service would be "spectacular."
For fans who want to attend, the public service will be held at the 1,200 seat Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, California on March 25 at 1 p.m. The event will also be live streamed at DebbieReynolds.com.
Todd posted a message to his own website announcing the details of the service and explaining that there would be no tickets, fans just need to show up early enough if they want to get a seat:
On Saturday, March 25th, there will be a public memorial for my Mother, Debbie Reynolds, and my sister, Carrie Fisher at Forrest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills at the Freedom Theater. We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you. The service will begin at 1:00 PM and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so. There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come [sic], first seated basis. There are no tickets, it is first come, first seated. There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service.
Todd also shared at the screening that musician James Blunt will be playing a tribute during the memorial. "He wrote a beautiful song to Carrie that will be released on the day of the memorial," Todd said. "We’re going to premiere the song. It might rip your heart out."
Reynolds and daughter Carrie Fisher passed within a day of each other and were laid to rest in a private ceremony back in January. The two actors were beloved by millions, and their sudden passings shocked and saddened fans worldwide.