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Private funeral for Fisher, Reynolds

AAP logoAAP 4/01/2017

The family of Hollywood actresses Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, the mother and daughter duo that died barely 24 hours apart, will hold a private memorial ceremony for the pair on Thursday.

The ceremony at the family's Beverly Hills residence will be a private affair, a source close to the family told People magazine, which added it will be attended only by family members and close friends.

"I'm not sure what they're calling it - a funeral or a wake - but it will be Thursday at the house ... It will be exactly what they both wanted, to be together," another source told The Hollywood Reporter.

The pair will be buried at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park of Los Angeles on Friday.

Last week, it was revealed the family intended to hold a joint funeral to bid farewell to Reynolds and Fisher.

"That is my preference," Todd Fisher, son of Reynolds and brother to Carrie, was cited as saying by People magazine, on whether they were arranging a joint ceremony.

"Obviously it's not finalised, but I think that sounds like a grand idea given the beautiful story between them," he had said.

Unconfirmed reports also indicated the possibility of a bigger, public memorial service following the private one.

Carrie Fisher, Princess Leia in Star Wars, died on December 27 in Los Angeles at the age of 60, following a heart attack on a plane.

Her mother, Debbie Reynolds, the unforgettable lead of the 1952 musical Singin' in the Rain, passed away just a day later, aged 84, after suffering a stroke.

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