Billie Lourd, daughter of the late Carrie Fisher and granddaughter of the late Debbie Reynolds, got together folks her mom loved best for a memorial at her family home.
Fisher’s brother Todd, her half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher, Billie’s father Bryan Lourd, and Fisher’s beloved dog Gary Fisher were among the family at the gathering at Fisher’s Beverly Hills compound on Thursday, according to People.
Eulogies were delivered by Billie Lourd, Fisher’s close friends Tracey Ullman, author Bruce Wagner, comedian Stephen Fry and security expert Gavin de Becker, as well as Meryl Streep, who performed Fisher’s favorite song, “Happy Days Are Here Again.”
Penny Marshall, Meg Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Buck Henry, Candice Bergen, George Lucas and Gwyneth Paltrow also were among VIP guests.
Fisher was known for entertaining on the property (Reynolds also lived there) in an art-filled house previously inhabited by Bette Davis and costume designer Edith Head.
One friend, remembering Fisher’s parties, said, “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 heard.”
People reports that the menu included Fisher’s favorites party dishes: fried chicken, collard greens and cornbread.
Reynolds, who died one day after Fisher, will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles on Friday, with some of her daughter’s ashes.
DIANA’S LETTERS SELL WELL
Folks still can’t seem to get enough about Princess Diana.
Handwritten letters she sent to Cyril Dickman, head steward at Buckingham Palace during the 1980s and 1990s, sold at a U.K. auction for top dollar.
For example, one note about Prince William, now 34, and his brother, Harry, now 32, sold for nearly $4,000. (It was estimated to go for $600.)
Written on Kensington Palace paper and dated Sept. 20, 1984, it said, “William adores his little brother and spends the entire time swamping Harry with an endless supply of hugs and kisses, hardly letting the parents near!”
In a letter dated Oct. 17, 1992, Diana (who died in a car crash in Paris in 1997) wrote that both young princes “are well and enjoying boarding school a lot, although Harry is constantly in trouble!” That one sold for $3,000.
The letters were part of a collection of royal memorabilia items, according to Cheffins auction house in Cambridge, which received bids online and in the sale room from across the world.
A boxed piece of cake from Queen Elizabeth II’s wedding to Prince Philip in 1947 also was among the items up for bid.
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