It was a show, not a memorial. That’s how Todd Fisher described the joint public memorial he organized for his sister Carrie Fisher and mom Debbie Reynolds. Hundreds of fans and friends of the two Hollywood icons packed Forest Lawn auditorium in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 25th. Star Wars and Singin’ in the Rain memorabilia was on display for public viewing.
Carrie’s good friend James Blunt wrote a touching memorial song titled “Courtney’s Song”, that was played during a video montage for the pair. The song was also featured on the extended edition of Blunt’s new album The Afterlove.
R2-D2 got to say goodbye to his Princes in a nod to one of Fisher’s most famous roles as he rolled onto stage after Todd Fisher played a video of movie clips and images of the family. The droid beeped and moped while staring at a photo of Carrie Fisher.
Dan Aykroyd, who co-starred with Carrie in the Blues Brothers, cracked jokes as he describing Fisher as a chatterbox who never let him speak during their relationship.
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Other moments included a dance tribute by performers from the dance studio Reynolds founded to music from Singin’ in the Rain, the classic film that made her a star.