Stars mourn Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds at LA memorial service
A star-studded memorial service has been held at Carrie Fisher’s home following the deaths of the Star Wars actress and her mother Debbie Reynolds.
Meryl Streep, Gwyneth Paltrow and Star Wars creator George Lucas were among the mourners at Carrie’s estate in Coldwater Canyon, Los Angeles, where she and Debbie were next-door neighbours.
British actors Stephen Fry and Eric Idle, singer Courtney Love and actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Meg Ryan were also spotted at the compound.
Meryl, who starred in the adaptation of Carrie’s semi-autobiographical novel Postcards From The Edge, was pictured carrying a bunch of white roses as she entered the estate.
A family friend told People magazine that 125 guests attended the service and the Oscar-winning actress performed Carrie’s favourite song Happy Days Are Here Again.
Eulogies were delivered by Meryl, Stephen, Carrie’s daughter Billie Lourd and British comedienne Tracey Ullman, People reported.
Members of the media gathered outside the fenced-off compound, where a fan had placed a bunch of white roses at the entrance.
Security officers stood outside the wooden entrance doors, which were emblazoned with quirky slogans such as Beware Of Trains, No Swimsuits In Lobby and Public Telephone Within.
Carrie, who shot to fame as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died on December 27 aged 60 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles four days earlier.
Singin’ In The Rain star Debbie died aged 84 following a suspected stroke, a day after Carrie’s death.
Debbie’s son Todd Fisher has said his mother and sister Carrie would be buried together at Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills. Forest Lawn is the resting place of celebrities including Bette Davis, Stan Laurel and Liberace.
The burial is reportedly taking place on Friday, while celebrity news website TMZ said Carrie’s body has already been cremated.
Carrie’s daughter, Scream Queens actress Lourd, 24, commented for the first time earlier this week on the deaths of her mother and grandmother.
Alongside a photograph of her, Carrie and Debbie, she wrote on Instagram: “Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist. There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.”
Broadway will dim its lights on Friday night for one minute to pay tribute to Carrie and Debbie.