Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: Fans to say goodbye at public service

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A public memorial service for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher is underway and live streaming so fans around the world can be a part of it. Debbie's son, Todd said "she wanted to be with Carrie", revealing the heartbreaking news to our sister site Variety.

The mother and daughter will be remembered in the 1,200-seat theatre at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Singer James Blunt will unveil a song in tribute and other performances include the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles and a dance tribute from the Debbie Reynolds dance school. Some said that Debbie died of a broken heart.

Reynolds, 84, an Oscar-nominated actress who shot to fame after starring in Singin' in the Rain at age 19, died the following day after being briefly hospitalised.

"But then she was like asking my permission [to go]". The event is specifically designed for friends and fans to pay tribute to Reynolds and Fisher one last time.

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"You take those genes, and I think you've created a pretty powerful gal. and she is a lot more like my mother even than Carrie", Todd said.

But again, as much of a "show" as it was - which began with a color guard performance - the emotions ran high, as not only a lovely illustration of Reynolds and Fisher was projected on the screen behind him, but he shared a touching toy store anecdote about his family. "These two girls - my girls, my mother and my sister, were big, big personalities [WITH A] big influence on Billie, myself, many people", he told ET.

Reynolds, he recalled, said she understood his grief, but also cautioned him, saying, " 'I don't know for sure when I [will] go.'. Debbie also had notable roles in The Unsinkable Molly Brown, Disney's Halloweentown, and Will & Grace. The Star Wars actress' daughter Billie Lourd, 24, will be there, but she won't be making a speech.