Todd Fisher is revealing more details about the public memorial planned for his mother and sister.
Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds will be remembered at a public tribute on March 25 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles, where fans will be able to attend and pay their respects to the iconic actresses. The memorial, Fisher says, is in keeping with Reynolds’ wishes.
“The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it,” Fisher told attendees Wednesday at a screening of Bright Lights — the HBO documentary about the two actresses — at the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival in California, according to Variety. “She was very connected to her fans and felt they were a part of her, so we’re opening it to the public.”
Fisher and his wife Catherine Hickland have been working on the event, which will be held at a 1,200-seat theater at the park, for months, and he anticipates that it’ll be “spectacular.” The memorial will be livestreamed, and information on it will be posted on http://www.debbiereynolds.com.
The website also provided details on the memorial: “We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you. The service will begin at 1:00 pm and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so. There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, first seated basis. There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service.”
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Fisher also revealed that the memorial will include a special tribute by musician James Blunt. The singer was close friends with Carrie, who was godmother to his son. “He wrote a beautiful song to Carrie that will be released on the day of the memorial; we’re going to premiere the song,” said Fisher, adding that “it might rip your heart out.”
Carrie Fisher was aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23 when she went into cardiac arrest. She died four days later at UCLA Medical Center at the age of 60. Her cause of death was listed as “cardiac arrest/deferred,” according to her death certificate.
Reynolds died a day later, on Dec. 28, at the age of 84. She suffered a stroke at her and Fisher’s property. The Singin’ in the Rain star died from a blood vessel that ruptured and caused bleeding in her brain. Her official cause of death was an intracerebral hemorrhage.