Carrie Fisher’s and Debbie Reynolds’ family and close friends have had the chance to remember the beloved stars — now their fans will have the opportunity to do so, too.
A public memorial is slated for March 25 at Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood, where both are buried, inside the cemetery’s 1,200 seat theater.
At a screening in San Luis Obispo of “Bright Lights,” an HBO documentary about the two actresses, Todd Fisher said, “The public is invited because that’s how my mother would want it. 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, and he anticipates that it’ll be “spectacular,” according to People.
The event, which will be available to stream on Fisher and Reynolds’ website, will feature tributes to the late actresses, who passed away within a day of each other last December.
James Blunt, a close friend of Fisher, will pay homage to the “Star Wars” icon with a new song that will be played during a photo montage at the ceremony. Fisher was the godmother of Blunt’s only child.
The memorial will also feature the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, as well as a performance from Reynolds’ dance school.
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, is also expected to attend, as will the late actress’ beloved dog, Gary.
Fisher suffered a heart attack in-flight while traveling from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23. She died four days later at the age of 60. Reynolds died of a stroke on Dec. 28, one day after her daughter’s death. She was 84.
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— Staff, wire reports