Carrie & Debbie : Celebration of Life

 

In a celebration of the lives of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, their son and brother Todd Fisher produced and presented a two hour show at Forest Lawn’s 1,200-seat theater in the Hollywood Hills on March 25th, 2017.  The show was streamed live online to a huge audience of fans across the globe.

 

Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher give one final, joyous 'show' at memorial

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher graced the stage together one more time during a joyous memorial service Saturday at Forest Lawn cemetery in front of family, fans, friends, a dog, a parrot and even Star Wars droid R2-D2.

Todd Fisher, Reynolds' son and Fisher's brother, organized and hosted the two-hour event, making sure to put plenty of show business and laughs into the festivities to honor the mother and daughter who died within 24 hours of each other in December. Fisher, who was 60, and Reynolds. who was 84, are buried side by side in Forest Lawn.

"I am calling it a show because my mother didn't like memorials, she liked shows," Todd Fisher said from the stage. "This show was designed to be like in our living room, as if we were all a big family having a memorial for two amazing people."

Todd Fisher on how the Debbie Reynolds-Carrie Fisher public memorial became a musical revue

LA Times

...Emotion flowed openly once the memorial got underway, particularly when the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles rose from seats in the audience and began singing Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” en masse. Troupes of dancers from the Debbie Reynolds Dance Studio — she founded the North Hollywood venue in 1979 — performed with umbrellas and yellow raincoats to honor the star. And a new song from James Blunt — who composed his hit “You’re Beautiful” in Fisher’s bathroom — was played for the crowd...

...Inside, Fisher emceed the show — he avoided calling it a memorial because he said Reynolds hated them. A constant presence stage right with a headset and walkie-talkie, Fisher told the crowd of roughly 1,200 he was hopeful the event would have an intimate feel, as if the audience were sitting in the family’s living room, leafing through old photos and watching home videos. Reynolds’ dog, Dwight, was even seated in the front row on a towel.