The last adventure for Princess Leia
In life they were close, and in death they will be together
CARRIE Fisher will be laid to rest in a private funeral tomorrow, but a more public ceremony will take place at a later date.
The Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Princess Leia, who died late last month following a heart attack at the age of 60, will be remembered by close friends and family in a private ceremony this week.
Fisher’s adoring fans around the globe won’t be left out as they may also get to celebrate the star’s life as a public service is expected to take place at a later date, a source close to the family told Entertainment Tonight.
It’s thought Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds, who died a day after her daughter on December 28, will also be laid to rest at the same time as the family want them to be buried next to each other at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
Following the shock death of Carrie on December 27, her half-sister Joely Fisher has penned a heartfelt tribute to her deceased sibling in which she recalls their childhood.
Writing in a column for The Hollywood Reporter, Joely, who is the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Connie Stevens, wrote: “We spent the better part of our childhoods as neighbours; our two families right next door. I adored Mama Debbie, she was such a character. I got another sister and a brother in the deal, right there on the beach!”
She added: “During our transcontinental chat, before Carrie’s fateful flight from London to Los Angeles, we promised we’d spend Christmas together. It’s a promise we kept, although not in a way either of us had anticipated. Throughout the holiday, I sat by her side in a hospital room filled with a cacophony of sounds made by the machines keeping her barely alive.
“Debbie, of course, was there as well. She told me that she’d been praying for more time for Carrie, for herself and for Connie. I knew if those prayers weren’t answered, Debbie might very well join her daughter.”
Joely then went on to say she will stand by Carrie’s 24-yearold daughter Billie Lourd and help her grieve for her beloved mother and grandmother.
She explained: “She would have wanted us to celebrate her life, her words and for Billie to be whole. In time she will be. She is smart and soulful and magic. My sister Tricia Leigh and I vow to be whatever our niece Billie needs us to be.”
Joely concluded by hinting that she’s planning to write a book on Carrie because she has so many wonderful memories she wants to share with fans.
She said: “You can’t ‘right’ this s**t, but you can ‘write’ it. And do I have a hell of a book in me.”
Meanwhile, Carrie’s family are keen to track down two off-duty medical professionals who came to the aid of the actress when she suffered the massive heart attack on the plane as they believe their efforts gave them time to say goodbye to the star.
Carrie was rushed to UCLA Medical Center on December 23 after she stopped breathing on a flight from London to LA but passed away four days later.
Her loved ones reportedly think they wouldn’t have got the chance to say goodbye to the 60-year-old star if it hadn’t been for the efforts of the offduty emergency workers.
Family sources said flight attendants had asked for medical professionals to come forward to aid Carrie, and the two volunteers who did “worked like crazy” to keep the actress alive, even though they couldn’t find a pulse for over 10 minutes.
Carrie’s family are planning to contact United Airlines to see if they can help locate the passengers, one of whom was a nurse, to thank them for their efforts.
KEEPING IT IN THE FAMILY: Carrie Fisher presents her mom Debbie Reynolds with the Screen Actors Guild life achievement award at the 21st annual Screen Actors Guild Awards in Los Angeles in January 2015.