Sunday 18 March 2018

Stars come out in force at LA memorial service for Carrie and Debbie

Gwyneth Paltrow arriving at the ceremony for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Photo: AP
Gwyneth Paltrow arriving at the ceremony for Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds. Photo: AP

Kerri-Ann Roper Los Angeles

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 Fisher's estate in Coldwater Canyon, Los Angeles, where she and Reynolds were next-door neighbours.

Jamie Lee Curtis leaving the ceremony. Photo: AP
Jamie Lee Curtis leaving the ceremony. Photo: AP

British actors Stephen Fry and Eric Idle, singer Courtney Love and actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Meg Ryan were also spotted at the compound.

Streep, who starred in the adaptation of Fisher'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 Fisher's favourite song 'Happy Days Are Here Again'.

Eulogies were delivered by Streep, Fry, Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd and British comedienne Tracey Ullman, 'People' reported.

Members of the media gathered outside the fenced-off compound on Thursday, 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'.

Fisher, 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 Reynolds, died aged 84 following a suspected stroke, a day after Fisher's death.

Reynolds's son Todd Fisher has said his mother and sister Carrie would be buried together at Forest Lawn Memorial Park - Hollywood Hills.

Forest Lawn is the resting place of celebrities including Bette Davis, Stan Laurel and Liberace. The burial was reportedly taking place yesterday, while celebrity news website TMZ said Fisher's body has already been cremated.

Fisher's daughter, 'Scream Queens' actress Lourd (24), commented for the first time earlier this week on the deaths of her mother and grandmother.

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."

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