Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds: family pays tribute ahead of funeral

Debbie Reynolds On Stage

The family of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the mother-daughter acting stars who died on consecutive days last week, have paid tribute to their relatives.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, posted a photo of herself with her mother and grandmother on Instagram. It is the first time the actor, 24, has spoken publicly since confirming Fisher’s death, aged 60, on 27 December through a spokesperson.

“Receiving all of your prayers and kind words over the past week has given me strength during a time I thought strength could not exist,” she wrote. “There are no words to express how much I will miss my Abadaba and my one and only Momby. Your love and support means the world to me.”

Reynolds, 84, died on 28 December of a stroke, while planning her daughter’s funeral. They will be buried together on 5 January.

Writing in the Hollywood Reporter, Joely Fisher, best known for her role in Ellen, remembered both her elder half-sister and Reynolds, the ex-wife of her and Carrie’s father, Eddie.

“Talking to Carrie always made me feel more interesting by osmosis,” wrote the actor, who had planned to spend Christmas with her sister, and who spoke to her just before the Christmas Eve flight on which she had a heart attack.

“My sister would have wanted a dramatic exit; she just might have wished for another couple of decades before making one,” wrote Fisher. “She told me she wanted to see this political horror play out. She likely would have crafted a sharp, piercing novel about her non-conventional goings on with this national nightmare as the backdrop.”

Fisher also touched upon the extraordinary circumstances of Reynolds’s death, after Carrie’s brother, Todd, had said their mother “did not die of a broken heart”.

“Of course, Debbie loved nothing more than the spotlight. And I can imagine Carrie is having a laugh right now, rolling her eyes at the kind of crazy ending that only happens in Shakespearn [sic] tragedies … and Fisher novels. Carrie’s mom has once again stolen the show.”

Also writing in the Hollywood Reporter, Mark Hamill, Fisher’s longtime co-star in the Star Wars films, paid frank tribute to his friend of 40 years. “She was a handful,” he wrote. “She was high maintenance. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.”

Hamill, 65, described how he first met Fisher, then 19, at a dinner in London before they shot the first film in 1977.

“I was just bowled over,” he wrote. “I mean she was just so instantly ingratiating and funny and outspoken. She had a way of just being so brutally candid.

“I’d just met her but it was like talking to a person you’d known for 10 years. She was telling me stuff about her stepfather, about her mom, about Eddie Fisher – it was just harrowing in its detail.”

Hamill continued: “Carrie and I occupied a unique area in each other’s lives. It was like we were in a garage band together that somehow hit it huge.” There were times when they were “in love with each other” and “hated each other’s guts,” he recalled, before expressing thanks that they were to work together again on Star Wars: Episode VIII, which will be released in December.

“I’m grateful that we stayed friends and got to have this second act with the new movies,” he concluded.

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