Following the deaths of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds last year, fans will be given the chance to pay their respects to the Hollywood mother and daughter in person at a public memorial. The service will take place at the Forest Lawn Cemetery, Hollywood Hills on Saturday, on a "first-come, first-seated" basis. Those who are unable to get seats will be able to watch the ceremony on large screens outside the cemetery's Freedom Theatre.
"We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you," Debbie's son and Carrie's brother Todd Fisher said in a statement. "The service will begin at 1pm 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 seated basis." The service will also be available to watch online via Debbie Reynolds' official website. Star Wars legend Carrie died at the age of 60 on December 27, four days after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles. One day after her death, her mother Debbie, who was 84, suffered a stroke and died a short time after.
A private memorial for the late stars, which was attended by Hollywood stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, Meryl Streep and George Lucas, took place in Beverly Hills in early January. A guest at the memorial told People magazine: "The only things missing were Carrie and Debbie. Debbie would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay homage. Even the biggest stars were star struck by her. Carrie would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you've ever heard."
Meanwhile, Todd has opened up about his mother's final moments, telling ET that the Singin' in the Rain actress had asked him for "permission" to "go" just a few hours after Carrie's death. "My mother said to me the night that Carrie died ... we were talking that night and I didn't know what was happening, but she was setting me up for her leaving the planet," he remembered. "And she really just said to me, 'You know, I know that was really hard on you losing your sister.' [And I said], 'I mean, Carrie was there holding my hand when I took my first steps. I have film of that and it will be in the memorial.' And when I was editing that, it ripped my heart out. But my mother said, 'I know that's tough. It might be tougher even, you know… I don't know for sure when I [will] go.'"
He added: "I was like, 'Well, look, fortunately we don't have to face that right now, you know, we just face this.' But then she was like asking my permission [to go]. I [said], 'You're going to be OK, everything is under control.' And she starts running me back through her estate, which we had done many times. [She's like], 'You're going to take my dog and, you know, all these little instructions.' And [she] even [went through] last-minute changes due to the fact that Carrie left first, as far as the memorial service."