The holidays can’t have been easy for the Fisher family as they continue to mourn the loss of icons Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
Following Billie Lourd‘s touching post in honor of her mom and grandmother, Joely Fisher also penned an emotional tribute to her late half-sister.
Writing for a guest column in The Hollywood Reporter, the actress and singer shared the last conversation she had with the starlet:
“During our transcontinental chat before Carrie’s fateful flight from London to L.A., 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 [Reynolds], of course, was there as well. She told me that she’d been praying for more time. More time for Carrie, for herself and for Connie [Stevens]. I knew if those prayers weren’t answered, Debbie might very well join her daughter.”
But Joely continued:
“Of course, Debbie loved nothing more than the spotlight. And I can imagine Carrie is having a laugh right now, rolling her eyes at the kind of crazy ending that only happens in Shakespearn tragedies ├óΓé¼┬ª and Fisher novels. Carrie’s mom has once again stolen the show, with the ultimate ‘twirled up’ joke (see Postcards From the Edge).”
The 49-year-old also revealed what it was like growing up next door to the Star Wars starlet after her mom Connie Stevens purchased a home neighboring Debbie’s:
“In 1977, Connie bought a house in Malibu. We walked out onto this tiny deck ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ sand and salt everywhere ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ and noticed that there was a swimming pool next door. Connie asked, ‘Who the hell has a swimming pool on the beach?’ The real estate agent giggled and said, ‘Debbie Reynolds.’ So we spent the better part of our childhoods as neighbors, our two families right next door. I adored Mama Debbie ├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ she was such a character. And I got another sister and a brother in the deal, right there on the beach! Eddie [Fisher] even came to see us all together … once.”
We can only imagine the memories they all created together! Of course, it only makes losing Carrie so much harder.
In a tribute to the 60-year-old actress, Joely heart-wrenchingly wrote:
“You all lost Princess Leia and Carrie Fisher; I lost my hero, my mentor, my mirror. My brother Todd [Fisher] has lost his sister and his mother, whom he has said will lay to rest together. There is no universe where these ladies are not due their appropriate pedestals, and both will be memorialized in separate ceremonies in coming weeks. My sister Tricia Leigh [Fisher] and I vow to be whatever our niece Billie needs us to be. We will pick up the saber, use the force … whatever. We will honor these two magical people who have left the tribe in the way they lived, with grandeur and grace. I want them back but since I know that is not possible, I will soldier on. I have changed my shoes and will keep dancing to honor these magic people.”
“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.”
You can read the full remembrance HERE.
[Image via Nicky Nelson/WENN.]