Just when we thought we’d copped the worst of it re: celebrity deaths in 2016, we were hit with the double whammy of mother/daughter duo Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher leaving us within a day of one another.
The public outpouring of grief has been overwhelmingly powerful, ranging from Mark Hamill reflecting on his and Fisher’s relationship, to Fisher’s daughter (thereby Reynolds’ granddaughter) breaking her silence with one devastating Instagram post.
Now, it seems an official memorial is now in the works. According to TMZ, Lourd is planning a public farewell to the iconic pair that is anticipated to be a “grand Hollywood event.”
While it was already confirmed that Reynolds and Fisher will be buried side by side in a private service in Burbank, California – where only family will be present – it makes a lot of sense to have an extravagant party, too, considering the two women were such powerful and iconic members of the film industry.
As an avid collector of film memorabilia, some of Reynolds’ most beloved items are rumoured to be on display, such the costume she wore in ‘Singin’ in the Rain‘ and even Fisher’s one and only ‘Star Wars‘ getup.
Many celebrities close to the family are expected to attend, such as Mark Hamill and George Lucas, but there is allegedly no question as to who the main speaker at the event will be: the inimitable Meryl Streep.
While Streep and Fisher are certainly contemporaries, flawless queen of the world, Meryl, was also incredibly close to Debbie Reynolds. A few years ago, she presented her with a humanitarian award.
Streep’s ties to the Fisher/Reynolds clan don’t end there – the 1990 film, ‘Postcards from the Edge‘, starring a young Meryl in the lead role, was based on the novel of the same name by Fisher, which was heavily autobiographical and centred on the tempestuous relationship she had with her mother.
It is only fitting that Meryl – a dear friend and fictional family member – bids an official, Hollywood farewell to two timeless icons. Christ, we miss them so much already.
Photo: Getty / Ron Galella.