Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' memorial was held today at Hollywood's Forest Lawn, and from multiple media reports, there were very few dry eyes to be seen. Some of the other stars in attendance included comedian Dan Akroyd and actress Ruta Lee.
Todd Fisher recounted his mother's final moments and her remark that she wanted to be with her daughter.
"We shouldn't be here so soon in our lives", Aykroyd said of the woman who brought the iconic Princess Leia to life. He surmised that if he and Fisher had a child, given their personalities, "it would be Todd Fisher".
Todd Fisher speaks at Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher Memorial at Forest Lawn Cemetery, March 25, 2017 in Los Angeles. "When I found out she passed, it was like we lost a family member", said Liza Rios-Proprofsky, who was at the front of the line with her husband. Fisher struggled with addiction and mental illness, which she candidly described in books and interviews.
Before her death, Fisher had completed filming for her part in the latest "Star Wars" episode, "The Last Jedi", which is due for release in December. Everyone's favorite space robot "wept" until Todd Fisher knelt down to comfort him.
Fisher said that a public service was in keeping with how both women embraced the people who supported and adored them.
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"If I'd been with our beloved showboat", Dan said, referencing the flight she took in December on which she suffered a heart attack. "It ripped my heart out".
"When I was standing in the room the day after my sister died and we're in the hospital and my mother was dying, I mean, I was more heartbroken watching my niece than I was for myself", Todd shared. It might be tougher even, you know... "You're going to hate this movie".
When speakers weren't delivering one-liners - some that had been uttered or penned by Fisher and Reynolds - music and dance took over the stage. And then she did. After being buried in January, the family thought that people who loved them also need to get a chance to say goodbye. "But instead the next morning, we had a little further dialogue and she chose to leave the planet in front of my face two feet away".
"Everyone is having a hard time".
At a public memorial celebrating the lives of Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, many loving and personal photographs helped tell their story.