Beloved actresses Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds died just a day apart this past December. And now, the Hollywood icons were given a fitting tribute, in song and dance, on Saturday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, more than 1,000 fans and loved ones gathered at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles for a public memorial service to honor the two actresses. Celebrities like Dan Aykroyd (who was once engaged to Fisher) spoke at the event, and R2-D2 even made an appearance, mournfully rolling up to the empty chair of Fisher, his Star Wars costar. The Gay Men's Chorus performed a stirring rendition of "True Colors," while images of the two of them played in the background.
Some fans waited in line for hours for the event, and others traveled there from outside the country. Fans told CBC News that they respected Fisher for her role in Star Wars and her advocacy for mental illness. And some girls showed up in Princess Leia's iconic hair buns.
"We grew up with the Star Wars movies and Carrie Fisher and we just love her so much," fan Clarice Diers told The Hollywood Reporter. "We were devastated. We were in Texas when we found out, so we found out about this. We just wanted to show up and show our support. We just loved them."
"When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit," Todd Fisher, Debbie's son and Carrie's brother, said at the livestreamed service. "My mother always said to me, 'I never want to go to my daughter's funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie.' I didn't know she was going to leave us that very next day, and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a beautiful exit."
See photos from the event below:
You can also watch clips from the event below:
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