Fans celebrate lives of Carrie Fisher and mother Debbie Reynolds at joint memorial service

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(LOS ANGELES) – MAR. 25, 2017 – Under clear blue skies, hundreds of fans made the pilgrimage Saturday to Forest Lawn Memorial Park-Hollywood Hills’ Hall of Liberty to pay tribute to actress Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

“These were my girls,” Todd Fisher, who organized the public memorial with his wife, told those who had gathered to honor the memory of his famous sister and mother.

Fisher shared some family stories with the audience and noted Reynold’s life-long love affair with show business, drawing laughs and tears from the audience.

“This entire thing I’m calling a show, not a memorial, because my mother… liked shows and parties,” he said. “So this show was really designed for you to be in our living room, as if we were all a big family, celebrating two amazing women.”

Members of GMCLA perform with Debbie Reynolds, Carol Channing, and Ruta Lee at The Thalians Benefit, November 1, 1997 (image courtesy James Roman)