Following the tragic deaths of both Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds, just one day apart, over Christmas, the actress’ family and showbiz friends have flocked to pay tribute to the much-loved stars, attending a private memorial service at Carrie’s family home.
Carrie Fisher died aged just 60-years old, on December 27th, after suffering a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to LA four days earlier. Her mother, and fellow actress, Debbie Reynolds then passed away on the 28th of December after suffering from a fatal stroke.
Both actresses friends, who included Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan and Gwyneth Paltrow were seen entering the families home on Thursday to attend a memorial service in their honour.
A family friend told People magazine that the family wanted to have one final bash reminicent of the legendary parties both Carrie and Debbie regularly held. The friend said, “they wanted the people they loved the most in that living room one last time”. Reminicing about previous parties they added, ‘Debbie
would sit in the corner, and everyone there would come up and pay
homage. Even the biggest stars were starstruck by her and Carrie
would walk around barefoot with a can of Coca-Cola, making sure
everyone was having a good time, saying the funniest things you’ve ever
It is thought there will also be a more public tribute to the famous duo later in the month.
American channel HBO this week released the trailer of a pre-recorded documentary about the pair that is set to air on television this weekend. The 90-minute film, that was shot last year, will explore the beautiful, yet complex, relationship between mother and daughter, promising an intimate profile of Hollywood royalty in all its eccentricity. The film will be particularly poingnant considering the circumstances.
Carrie’s daughter, Billie Lourd, recently broke her silence posting a moving tribute to both her Mother and Grandmother on Instagram.
The 24-year old, who is also an actress, posted a picture of herself as a child with both Carrie and Debbie accompanied by a moving message, expressing her gratitude at the messages of support she has received and sharing her devastation at her loss. It read, “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.”
Both colleagues and fans have rushed to pay tribute to Carrie, most famous for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, a role she reprised last year.
Star Wars’ creator George Lucas said, “She was our great and powerful Princess. She will be missed by all.”
One of the most touching tributes came from Mark Hamill, who starred alongside her throughout the film franchise as her brother Luke. He said, “She was a handful, but my life would have been so much drabber if she hadn’t been my friend.” Going on to say he, “loved her and loved making her laugh.”
Another of her Star Wars co-star’s Harrison Ford, who Fisher recently admitted to an affair with, described her as. “brilliant, original, funny and emotionally fearless.”
British television presenter, Graham Norton, who interviewed her for his show just two weeks before, was also keen to express his shock at her passing. Tweeting, “Numb. Unbelievable that such a bright funny loving spark could be extinguished.
Hollywood stars have also paid tribute to Singin’ In The Rain star Debbie who has been in the spotlight for more than 50 years.
Ryan Gosling, who is starring in new musical La La Land, expressed his admiration for the star saying, “She was an inspiration to us every day. We watched Singin’ in the Rain every day for inspiration and she was a truly unparalleled talent.”
US talk show host Larry King, shared a picture of one of their interviews on his Twitter page stating that she was, “pure class. She was loving, talented, beautiful, unsinkable. I feel sorry for anyone who never got a chance to meet her.”
Debbie more recently starred in sitcom, Will and Grace. Debra Messing who played Reynolds’ on-screen daughter in the hit show paid tribute to her on Instagram page describing her as a, “warrior woman who never stopped working” and “pure energy and light”