Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds are to be buried together in a joint funeral. A private service will be held on Thursday and the burial will take place on Friday, People reports.
Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher will be buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles.
— People (@people) January 3, 2017
Carrie Fisher died on December 26, 2016, from a heart attack which she suffered a week earlier on a flight from London to Los Angeles. She was 60 years old. A family spokesman said at the time, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Reynolds died a day later at the age of 84 from a stroke.
Her younger brother Todd Fisher told “20/20” in an interview, “We’re broken-hearted, those of us that are left behind. We also are happy that they’re together. It’s horrible, it’s beautiful, it’s magical they are together, it’s beyond words, it’s beyond understanding.”
Also, Fisher Stevens and Alexis Bloom, who directed the new HBO documentary “Bright Lights” which is about Reynolds’ and Fisher’s relationship, shared a few details about the two Hollywood legends in an exclusive interview with People.
On how the two actresses lived right near one another, Stevens and Bloom said, “At the one end of the family compound lived Debbie Reynolds, star of Singin’ in the Rain, with Dorothy’s red slippers from The Wizard of Oz on the mantelpiece. Adjacent was Princess Leia, in a house where Bette Davis once lived. You don’t get more Hollywood royalty than that. Storytelling magic lived around them.”
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) January 4, 2017
Meanwhile, Simon & Schuster has revealed that the increased demand for Carrie Fisher’s books since her death has forced the publisher to rush the printing of new copies. The company told Entertainment Weekly that it has ordered an additional 50, 000 copies of her works which before her death had already sold more than 500, 000 editions.
“We are responding to the outpouring of interest in Carrie Fisher’s work and are quickly reprinting her books, ” Jonathan Karp, President and Publisher of Simon & Schuster told the magazine. “All of them have remained in print, but our supply was wiped out by demand. We’ll have more books this week.”
Fisher’s books include “Wishful Drinking, ” “Postcards From The Edge, ” “Shockaholic” and “The Best Awful.”
And now Carrie Fisher’s fans have started a movement to make Princess Leia an official Disney character. This would be fitting since Disney now owns Lucas Films and the whole Star Wars empire.
A petition addressing Disney CEO Bob Iger titled “Make Leia an official Disney princess” has been uploaded to Change.org. It has already gotten more than 31, 000 signatures.
“After the tragic lose of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated, ” the petition reads. “This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.”
Cody Christensen, who initiated it, explained to Geek Exchange that he did so for his children. “I started the petition because it was something that bugged me since Disney bought the property. Disney had princesses and Leia was a Princess. Then I found out that Disney had set rules for who could and couldn’t be a princess. With Carrie’s death, I think that it’s time to change the rules, ” he explained.
“I actually have 5 daughters and there are constantly princess movies playing in the background.” he said “We are big fans of the current Princess line-up, but I think that Leia is a really strong, positive, awesome role model for my girls, and she would make a great addition.”
OK, we get it. Kids love their Disney Princesses and Star Wars so what better way to honor Carrie Fisher than to have Disney make her an official princess. But there are serious things actually happening in the world these days too so lets not forget that.