Family gathers to mourn Carrie and Debbie at private service – USA TODAY
The sudden death of carrie Fisher was followed the next day by the death of her mother, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds.
The people who knew and loved Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds the most â as mother, daughter andÂ sister â gathered to say goodbye to them Thursday at a private memorial service at the Beverly Hills compound where the movie-star mother-daughter duoÂ had long lived next door to each other.
Reporters and photographers staked out the gates leading to the two homes but weren’t allowed in for the invitation-only joint memorial for close family and friends.
The two are to be buried Friday at famed Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills, side-by-side and among scores of other famous figures, according to People. (That location is the resting place of actors like Bette Davis,Â Paul Walker,Â Florence HendersonÂ and writer/director Garry Marshall.)
A grand memorial celebration for the public is expected later but details about that have not yet been released.
Meanwhile, theaters in New York announced Thursday their traditional ritual to mark the passing of a theater luminary: The Broadway League said theaters will dim their marquee lights Friday for one minute at 7:45 p.m.Â ET, in memory of Fisher and Reynolds.
Fisher and Reynolds both made their Broadway debutsÂ in 1973Â in the musical comedy revival of Irene,Â which earned Reynolds a Tony Award nomination.Â Reynolds also appeared on Broadway in Woman of the Year Â and the musical revue Debbie,Â and toured withÂ Annie Get Your GunÂ andÂ The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Fisher wrote and most recently appeared on Broadway in her solo showÂ Wishful Drinking,Â and also appeared inÂ Agnes of God.
Those expected at the Thursday service included Todd Fisher, 58,Â Carrie’s brother and Debbie’s son;Â and Billie Lourd, 24, Carrie’s daughter and Debbie’s granddaughter.Â Joely Fisher and Trisha Fisher, Todd’s and Carrie’s half-sisters, also were expected.
TMZ also spotted Meryl Streep, who starred in the movie version of Fisher’s first memoir, Postcards from the Edge, at the service; she turnedÂ up carrying flowers, according to a paparazzi picture on the site. Twitter videosÂ spotted Ellen Barkin, Ed Begley Jr. and Courtney Love arriving.
Fisher, who died Dec. 27Â at age 60,Â has been crematedÂ as per her wishes, according to TMZ and Entertainment Tonight, but a portion of her ashes was to be placed in a coffin alongside Reynolds’ coffin for the service.
Fisher died at a hospital four days after suffering a heart-related medical emergency on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23.
One day later, Reynolds, 84,Â died at a hospital after an apparent stroke at Todd’s home while discussing funeral plans for her daughter. She had suffered several smaller strokes in recent years, but Todd said he believes his mother could not bear to lose Carrie, having said in the past she did not want to outlive her daughter.
The official cause of death for Fisher has not been established and it’s not clear when that might be available because a temporary “security hold” has been placed on the autopsy results, according to Ed Winter, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner’s office.
Winter wouldn’t say who ordered the security hold or why but it’s not uncommon in high-profile celebrity deaths. AfterÂ Whitney Houston was found dead in a bathtub in a Beverly Hills hotel on Feb. 11, 2012,Â the Beverly Hills police placed a security hold on her autopsy results.
The full report wasn’t released until weeks later, on April 4, 2012;Â it found the cause of death was accidental drowning plus heart disease due to long-term cocaine use.Â Fisher also had a history of drug use, which could have damaged her heart.