Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher to be remembered at public memorial

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Fans will be able to pay their respects to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher during a public memorial Saturday at Forest Lawn Memorial-Park Hollywood Hills, where the two are buried together.

The joint service for the late Hollywood stars — described as a “celebration of life” — will begin at 1 p.m., Todd Fisher said in an announcement about the tribute for his mother and sister on his website.

“We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you,” he wrote in the announcement.

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The memorial will take place inside the cemetery’s Hall of Liberty, which according to the Forest Lawn website, seats more than 1,000.

Seating will be on a first-come basis, according to Todd Fisher. Those who don’t get seats will be able to watch the celebration outside.

“There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service,” Fisher said.

Carrie Fisher, who was best known for playing Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies, died on Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack. She was 60 years old.

Reynolds died the next day at age 84. The screen legend grew up in Burbank and went on to star in such iconic films as “Singin’ in the Rain” and “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” for which she received an Oscar nomination.

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A private funeral attended by family and friends, including Meryl Streep and George Lucas, was held for the two in January.

At the time, Todd Fisher promised a public memorial would be scheduled at a later date.

“We’ll have a bigger service down the road for the public and all the family friends,” he said.

A tribute song by James Blunt will be unveiled at Saturday’s memorial, according to Debbie Reynolds’ website.

There will also be performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and students from the Debbie Reynolds dance school in North Hollywood. The service will be streamed live at


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