Date Set For Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds Public Funeral

By January 30, 2017
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The family of the late mother-daughter acting duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher paid their respects earlier this month. But now friends and even fans of the two will have an opportunity to seek closure as well for a planned public memorial service in Los Angeles in March.

Son and brother Todd Fisher made the announcement Friday, revealing the service’s location at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with seating on a first-come basis. He later shared the details with the Huffington Post.

“On Saturday, March 25, there will be a public memorial for my mother, Debbie Reynolds, and my sister, Carrie Fisher, at Forest 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 p.m., and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so.” 

The family are not offering tickets to the service, so anyone wanting to attend will literally have to plan an overnight stay the night before. Those who can’t make it into the theater could find themselves celebrating the lives of the two actresses from not only the lobby, but outside as well.

Fisher died Dec. 27 after suffering a “cardiac event” while flying home from London just before Christmas. Reynolds died the next day.

Forest Lawn is located in Hollywood Hills, overlooking North Hollywood and Burbank. It is the final resting place of more than 100,000 people over the years, including Gene Autry, Liberace and Florence Henderson among others.

Fisher completed her scenes for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but Lucasfilm has not said how it intends to finish the later Skywalker/Leia trilogy in Star Wars: Episode IX. 

The daughter of a celebrity couple, Fisher made her own name by being featured in Star Wars: A New Hope in 1977. She would appear in four more films from the franchise, including 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Reynolds earned an Oscar nomination in 1965 for The Unsinkable Molly Brown, but is probably best known for starring opposite Gene Kelly in 1962’s Singin’ in the Rain.

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