Public memorial for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher draws stars and fans

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On a tranquil Saturday afternoon, more than a thousand people gathered to bid farewell to two generations of Hollywood royalty.

Movie memorabilia, flowers and music set the scene at Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills where a public memorial was held for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the famous mother-daughter duo who died in December, 24 hours apart.

Hollywood stars including Renee Russo, Anne Blythe and Beverly D’Angelo filled the cemetery’s 1,200-seat Hall of Liberty where the service for the late “Singin’ in the Rain” icon and her “Star Wars” actress daughter took place.

Outside the venue, fans — some from as far away as Arizona — watched on large screens.

“It’s important because my mom raised me on ‘Star Wars,’” said Heather Jackson, who drove five hours from Bullhead, Arizona to attend the memorial.

Jackson made the journey with her two young children and her mom Crystal, who said Reynolds and Fishers’ “mother-daughter bond” was similar to the relationship she has with her own daughter.

The service was scheduled to start at 1 p.m., but began 25 minutes late. As it got underway, Todd Fisher welcomed everyone to the “show” that he had organized for his mother and sister.

“I’m calling it a show, not a memorial. (My mom) didn’t like funerals,” he said before adding that his sister was his “was my princess.”

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