The family of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds has announced plans for a public memorial to honor the two actresses. “We will be celebrating their lives with friends, family members, and the people who loved them, you,” Fisher’s brother and Reynolds’ son Todd Fisher wrote on his HPME site Friday.
The public memorial will take place March 25th at the Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills’ Freedom Theater. Both actresses were laid to rest January 6th at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Fisher’s ashes placed inside a large Prozac pill-shaped urn alongside her mother.
“The service will begin at 1:00 PM and immediately afterwards, those who want to walk to their final resting place are welcome to do so,” Todd Fisher continued. “There are a limited number of seats available, and it will be on a first come first come, first seated basis, There are no tickets, it is first come, first seated. There will be room for overflow in the huge lobby as well as the outside with screens to watch and hear the service.”
Todd Fisher’s announcement of a public memorial comes one month after the Princess Leia portrayer died December 27th, days after suffering a major cardiac episode aboard a Los Angeles-bound flight. Reynolds died of a stroke the following day on December 28th.
Like at the Golden Globes, both actresses will no doubt be remembered during the Academy Awards’ In Memoriam segment, and as Carrie Fisher said in April 2010 radio interview that was recently unearthed, the actress hoped that her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford would sing onstage during her appearance on the “death reel.”
“I asked him [at a party] if he would be in my death reel, and if he would sing,” Fisher told Rebel Force Radio (via People). “It’s just something I want.” She added, jokingly, that Ford would sing “Melancholy Wookiee.”
Since the Fisher interview resurfaced, Rebel Force Radio host Jimmy McInerney has petitioned Oscar producers to fulfill Fisher’s unusual request.
“That’s what she’s asking for. You can say she’s being flippant and silly, but that’s what she said she wants,” McInerney told ABC News. “We’re looking to create a movement here.”