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Debbie Reynolds And Carrie Fisher Remembered At Public Memorial Service

R2-D2 and Dan Aykroyd celebrated the iconic actresses at the event hosted by Todd Fisher.

27/03/2017 4:08 AM AEDT | Updated 28/03/2017 3:50 AM AEDT

In a beautiful public memorial service on Saturday, over 1,200 family members, friends and fans of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher paid tribute to the iconic mother-daughter duo nearly three months after their deaths

Hosted by Reynolds’ son and Fisher’s brother, Todd Fisher, the event ― or show, according to Todd, since “my mother didn’t like memorials and funerals” ― was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. Attendees included actors Griffin Dunne, Ruta Lee and Dan Aykroyd, who told a sweet story about his former fiancée Carrie, calling her a “beloved showboat.”

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Actor Dan Aykroyd speaks onstage at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 90-minute ceremony also featured montages, set to music by “Star Wars” composer John Williams, highlighting Reynolds’ and Fisher’s careers, intimate family photos, interviews and humanitarian work. 

There was even a memorable “beepy” appearance by R2-D2 and performances by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles and tap dancers from Debbie Reynolds Dance Studios. And, although he wasn’t present, “I’m Here to Let You Go,” an original song by Fisher’s close friend James Blunt, made its debut during a photo montage. 

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Todd Fisher hugs an R2-D2 robot near an empty chair for his late sister, actress Carrie Fisher, during a joint public memorial for Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Fisher died on Dec. 27 at the age of 60 following a heart attack. The next day, her beloved mother Reynolds died at 84.  

“When Carrie died, my mother decided to change her plans a bit,” Todd told the audience at the memorial. “My mother always said to me, ‘I never want to go to my daughter’s funeral service. I would like to be buried with Carrie.’ I didn’t know she was going to leave us that very next day and when she looked at me to ask permission to leave, she said she wanted to be with Carrie, and she closed her eyes and went to sleep. It was a beautiful exit.”

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Chairs on display at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery on March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

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