On Friday morning, a joint funeral was held for “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher, 60, and her mother, Debbie Reynolds; who was 84-years-old and a veteran Hollywood actress. Fisher had died of cardiac arrest on December 27th and her mother died just one day later. Some say Reynolds died of a broken heart over the death of her daughter.
The funeral was held in Hollywood Hills at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A lot of notable actors and actresses are buried in this park including Bette Davis, Liberace, and John Ritter. Fisher’s body had previously been cremated because that was her request. Her brother, Todd Fisher, 58, brought her ashes to the funeral in a white and green urn which looked like a Prozac capsule. This was a tribute to Fisher’s dry humor in how she dealt with bipolar disorder. Reynolds body will be buried in a casket along with some of her daughter’s ashes.
Other guests included the friends and family members of both actresses. Fisher’s daughter, 24-year-old Billie Lourd, and her alleged boyfriend, Taylor Lautner, were in attendance at the funeral. “Star Wars” director George Lucas also attended, along with actresses Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep, and Jamie Lee Curtis. They all gathered for a private memorial service at Fisher’s home where they each delivered eulogies. Streep even sang “Happy Days Are Here Again,” which was Fisher’s favorite song.
A public memorial service is also being planned by Reynolds and Fisher’s family. There is no scheduled date yet for this particular memorial. But it is likely a service that will be open to fans of the two actresses who may not have known them in real life, but they knew them on film and feel like part of their family. Fisher and Reynolds will truly be missed for many years to come.