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Reports: Private memorial for Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher planned for Thursday

In this Sept. 10, 2011 file photo, Carrie Fisher kisses her mother, Debbie Reynolds, as they arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles.
In this Sept. 10, 2011 file photo, Carrie Fisher kisses her mother, Debbie Reynolds, as they arrive at the Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards in Los Angeles. AP

A small, private memorial will take place on Thursday for Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher, various news outlets are reporting.

A source close to the family confirmed the plans to The Hollywood Reporter. Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher, told THR last week that his mother and sister would have a joint funeral.

No plans for a possible public memorial have been announced.

Reynolds, 84, and Fisher, 60, shockingly died one day apart last week, unleashing an outpouring of condolences for the Hollywood icon and her daughter of “Star Wars” fame.

On Monday, Fisher’s “Star Wars” co-star Mark Hamill wrote an achingly honest tribute to her in an essay for The Hollywood Reporter in which he wrote that “making her laugh was always a badge of honor.”

“When you were in her good graces, you couldn’t have more fun with any person on the planet … And then you could go 180 degrees opposite, where you were furious with one another and wouldn’t speak for weeks and weeks,” Hamill wrote.

“But that’s all part of what makes a relationship complete. It’s not all one sided. Like I say, she was a handful. She was high maintenance. But my life would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.”

The memorial on Thursday — described by People as an “ultra-private service” — will be for family and close friends only, said THR’s source, and will take place on the compound where the two women were next-door neighbors in Beverly Hills.

Actress Debbie Reynolds died Wednesday at age 84, just as she and the rest of the world were starting to mourn her daughter, Carrie Fisher, who died on Tuesday at 60, days after falling ill on a flight. Fans gathered around Reynolds' star on the H

“I’m not sure what they’re calling it — a funeral or a wake — but it will be Thursday at the house,” the source told THR. “It will be exactly what they both wanted, to be together.”

That close mother-daughter relationship will be explored in a new HBO documentary, “Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds,” which was shot over more than a year in 2014 and 2015 as Reynolds prepared to accept a Life Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild.

The HBO film "Bright Lights" follows the mother and daughter pair, who died within a day of each other in December 2016, as Fisher prepares to start work on "Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens" and Reynolds performs in Las Vegas aged 83.

The 95-minute film debuted last year at the Cannes Film Festival and was originally slated to air in March. But HBO moved up the premiere to Jan. 7 after the two died.

“It’s a love story,” Sheila Nevins, HBO Documentary Films president, told Variety after Reynolds died. “Carrie wanted to make ‘Bright Lights’ for Debbie and Debbie wanted to make it for Carrie.”

People reports that Reynolds and Fisher will be buried side by side on Friday at the famous Forest Lawn-Hollywood Hills cemetery, the final resting place for a plethora of other stars including Bette Davis, Lucille Ball, Sandra Dee and Liberace.

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