The brother of late “Star Wars” actress Carrie Fisher has reportedly been left off the Hollywood Walk of Fame guest list.
Her only brother, Todd Fisher, is accusing the family of shutting him out of the ceremony and is, understandably, upset to be left out of the long overdue ceremony.
Carrie Fisher’s Brother Todd Fisher Says It’s ‘Truly Hurtful’ To Be Left Out Of Her Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony
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Although Carrie Fisher, who brought the character of Princess Leia to life in the “Star Wars” movies, is finally getting her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, her only brother, Todd Fisher, might not be there to see it.
“It’s heartbreaking and shocking to me that I was intentionally omitted from attending this important legacy event for my sister, Carrie,” Todd told TMZ on Tuesday. Carrie and Todd are the children of “Singin’ In The Rain” star Debbie Reynolds and “The Eddie Fisher Show” host, Eddie Fisher.
The “Shampoo” actress was on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016, when she suffered a medical emergency about fifteen minutes before the plane landed. A passenger performed CPR on her until the plane landed.
The “Wishful Drinking” author was rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and immediately placed on a ventilator. Unfortunately, after four days in intensive care, she passed away at age 60 on December 27, 2016. She left behind a daughter, actress Billie Lourd.
On December 28, 2016, only one day after Carrie’s death, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, had a stroke while the family was making preparations for Carrie’s funeral. She was rushed to the hospital and died later that afternoon.
Carrie’s cause of death was initially listed as “cardiac arrest/deferred” by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. A few months later, the coroner’s office reported that the exact cause of death could not be determined, but listed “sleep apnea and the buildup of fatty tissue on the walls of arteries were among the contributing factors” to her death.
Todd Calls The Guest List Snub ‘Extremely Hurtful and Distressing’
On Tuesday, Todd said that he and Carrie were inseparable and that the snub on the guest list is extremely hurtful, considering that he has spent his life working to honor and preserve her legacy in Hollywood.
He told the outlet that the snub is “extremely hurtful and distressing as I was always a big part of everything my sister and mother did historically over their lifetimes.”
Todd pointed out that he and Carrie attended Debbie Reynolds’ Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony on January 13, 1997. Her star’s address is 7021 Hollywood Blvd. They also attended her handprint dedication together at the Chinese Theater.
When he found out that he wasn’t on the guest list, Todd said he and his team reached out to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame plaques, to see why he didn’t score an invitation. He says that he was told the guest list was controlled by Disney, which now oversees the “Star Wars” franchise.
Apparently, there were thirty chairs to fill, and considering Carrie’s legacy, they filled pretty quickly. “Frankly, it’s a distressing situation and I don’t deserve to be put in this position,” he told the outlet. “As the only brother of Carrie Fisher, being omitted from this special day is truly hurtful.”
He added that Carrie would have wanted him to be there at the ceremony, which is going to be held on Thursday, May 4. The day is of special significance to Star Wars fans, as it’s known as “Star Wars Day.” The holiday – “May The Fourth Be With You” – comes from a play on the iconic line, “May The Force Be With You.”
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony For Carrie Fisher Will Be Streamed Live
The Hollywood Walk Of Fame website announced that iHeart Media personality and Walk of Famer Ellen K will emcee the event. Although guest speakers are not listed at this time, her daughter, Billie Lourd, will be accepting the star on behalf of her mother at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard near the El Captain Theatre at 11:30 AM local time on Thursday, May 4.
For those unable to make the dedication of the 2,754th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ceremony will be streamed live on walkofffame.com.