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Meryl Streep to Speak at Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds' Funeral

05 Jan 2017

The legendary actress has been asked to participate in the public memorial for the Hollywood stars

Meryl Streep has reportedly been asked to deliver the keynote eulogy at a joint public memorial for Carrie Fisher and her mother Debbie Reynolds.

Hollywood veteran Debbie died on 28 December, only one day after her daughter, Star Wars icon Carrie passed away following a mid-flight heart attack on 23 December.

A private remembrance service for both actresses is due to take place in Los Angeles on Thursday 5 January, followed by a burial on Friday 6 January. According to TMZ.com, Carrie's body has already been cremated and a portion of her ashes will be placed in a coffin and buried alongside her mother's remains.

It’s said that Carrie’s daughter, Scream Queen actress Billie Lourd is planning a public event to honour the memories of her mother and grandmother, and has approached Meryl Streep to speak at the ceremony. Streep portrayed the lead character in 1990 film Postcards from the Edge, which was an adaption of Fisher's book. The Devil Wears Prada star Meryl, 67, was also reportedly close to Debbie.

Carrie's original Star Wars co-stars are said to also been invited to take part in the public gathering, while an exhibition of Debbie's costumes from her movies, including 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain, as well as iconic Star Wars outfits worn by Carrie, will be on show.