Reynolds, Fisher honored with humor, music and dance

Fans of Carrie Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, were able to pay their final respects at a public memorial held Saturday.

The ceremony felt less like a memorial and more like a celebration of the women's lives, with a live stream from Reynolds' site DebbieReynolds.com sharing the event's happenings for all those who couldn't be there in person.

Grace Farenbaugh from Burbank, California, was the first fan to arrive outside the Hall of Liberty at 5.30am. "Fiercely funny-I know she would also like us all to laugh today". She considered them to be a part of her extended family.

"You take those genes, and I think you've created a pretty powerful gal ... and she is a lot more like my mother even than Carrie".

Fisher discussed her mother's charitable work in a video clip, joking: "She sort of started what this town was going to need quite a bit of, which was treatment for the mentally ill". "She was as amusing and genuine as anyone can imagine".

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"We grew up with the Star Wars movies and Carrie Fisher and we just love her so much".

The two even had a Star Wars-themed wedding past year. "We knew movies would never be the same, and you just knew Carrie's life would never be the same". But a woman who confided deeply in me and who valued my counsel.

Fisher died at age 60 on December 27, after suffering a medical emergency during a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Blunt, a close friend of Fisher, debuted a tribute song entitled "I'm Here to Let You Go", while there was music from the Gay Men's Chorus of Los Angeles, who took the stage to perform Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors".

Fisher's daughter, actress Billie Lourd, is expected to attend.

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Reynolds' friends also spoke about her lifelong love of dance and her support for charities.

Fisher and Reynolds had a complex relationship, with some years of estrangement before they reunited and became close confidantes.

The two actresses were laid to rest at a funeral on January 6, where the ashes of Fisher were carried in an urn shaped like a Prozac pill.

Following her successful acting career, Reynolds had gone on to raise millions for those suffering mental illness, which her own daughter had spoken openly about battling throughout her life.

Additional reporting from Press Association.

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