The heartbroken family and friends of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher have gathered at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Los Angeles to say a final farewell to the actresses, who died just a day apart.

Among the mourners was Ms Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, who was supported by her rumoured love interest, the Twilight star Taylor Lautner. Todd Fisher was also there to pay his respects to his mother Ms Reynolds nd his sister. He was seen carrying an urn of ashes.

Earlier today, two hearses were seen going into the memorial park, with a procession of vehicles carrying family and friends behind them. Ms Reynolds and Ms Fisher have been laid to rest side by side in a family plot, which was purchased by the Singin’ in the Rain actress before her death. Some of Ms Fisher’s ashes are understood to have been buried with her mother, who said that she wanted to be with her daughter, just before she suffered a stroke. Mr Fisher said: “That’s the way it was meant to be.”

Celebrity mourners

Celebrity friends of the acting legends also attended, including Meryl Streep, Meg Ryan, Gwyneth Paltrow, Ellen Barkin, Courney Love and Penny Marshall. The Star Wars director George Lucas also made up part of the funeral party.

Ms Lourd gave a eulogy at the service, talking of how much she missed her mother and her grandmother. Meanwhile, others who gave spoken tributes were the British actor Stephen Fry, comedian Tracey Ullman, and Ms Streep, who finished her moving eulogy by singing Happy Days Are Here Again.

Ms Streep became close to Ms Fisher when she played the Star Wars actress in the semi-autobiological movie Postcards From The Edge. Ms Fisher died at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack on board a transatlantic flight. Ms Reynolds, meanwhile, suffered a stroke after telling her son that he wanted to “be with Carrie”.