Dan Aykroyd pays tribute to Carrie Fisher at actress' emotional joint memorial with Debbie Reynolds


Carrie Fisher will always have a special place in Dan Aykroyd's heart.

The 64-year-old actor, who was once engaged to Fisher after proposing to her on the set of their 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, took the stage on Saturday to deliver an emotional tribute to the actress at the joint memorial for her and her mother at the Freedom Theater at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills.

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"I felt like I could've saved Carrie, because I saved her life once before," Aykroyd started his touching speech. "We shouldn't be here so soon in our lives."

"I once saved her life, applying the Heimlich [maneuver] to dislodge a brussels sprout from her throat," he joked, before getting emotional about the actress's death. "If I'd been with our beloved showboat, I might have been able to save her again."

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(Original Caption) Hollywood: Eddie Fisher holds his two children, Todd 1, and Carrie, 2, (R), while shopping for toys just before his departure for Las Vegas and a possible rendezvous with actress Elizabeth Taylor. Fisher has not been photographed with the children born to his ex-wife, Debbie Reynolds, since September 1958.
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UNITED STATES - JANUARY 20: Carrie Fisher book signing in Santa Monica, United States on January 20, 2005 - Carrie Fisher and her book 'The Best Awful' at the Barnes & Nobel bookstore, California. (Photo by Mike FANOUS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
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The Ghostbusters star went on to describe his connection with Fisher throughout their lives, even mentioning that they were so serious about each other at one point, that they had "taken blood tests in anticipation of maybe having a child."

"Funny, quick, spiritual, haunted, pursued, talented, ascerbic....deviant, manic genius," he described of what their children would have been like.

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Of course, Akroyd and Fisher eventually went their separate ways. "In fact, she had long conversations on the phone in my presence with Paul Simon, with whom she was attempting to reconcile," he said.

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Debbie Reynolds, US actress, singer and dancer, poses with Gene Kelly (1912-1996), US actor, singer and dancer, in a studio portrait, against a red background, issued as publicity for the film, 'Singin' in the Rain', 1952. The musical, directed by Stanley Donen, starred Reynolds as 'Kathy Selden' and Kelly as 'Don Lockwood'. (Photo by Silver Screen Collection/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES,CA - CIRCA 1962: Actress Debbie Reynolds with Harve Presnell attends the premiere of 'Unsinkable Molly Brown' in Los Angeles,CA. (Photo by Earl Leaf/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
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After 24 years of show business, 49-year-old Debbie Reynolds is about to make her first appearance in Broadway. After a tumutuous tryout tour that began in Canada last November, she opens here on March 13th in a remake of the 1919 musical 'Irene.' Also making her debute will be Debbie's (and Eddie Fisher's) 16-year-old daughter, Carrie Fisher (seated left on floor), who is in the chorus of the show. Debbie says she's not a typical stage mother but 'it's wonderful Carrie wants to be in show business.'
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"So here I found myself attempting to reconcile with a woman returning to a former intimate, and may I say, a much better choice, but a woman who confided deeply in me and who valued my counsel throughout the process of her inevitable decision to in fact, not marry me -- and wed another," he recalled.

A reward for his "unwavering support" however, in whatever "enchanting" Fisher wanted to do, "was the time I had with her as a trusted friend and fellow night hawk."

Saturday's memorial wasn't the first time Aykroyd had paid tribute to Fisher. In January, he wrote a touching essay honoring the iconic actress, revealing that he hoped "she kept my ring" after they ended their engagement.

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