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Billie Lourd Reflects on Her Last Moments with Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds

In the September issue of Town & Country, Billie Lourd is opening up on her final heart-to-heart conversations with mom Carrie Fisher and grandma Debbie Reynolds.

Victor Demarchelier

Late last year, Carrie and Debbie died a day apart, leaving Billie to mourn two very influential people in her life. Of her last meeting with her mom, Lourd said, "The last time I saw her in person, this episode of 'Scream Queens' was on, and it was a big episode for me. I had tons of scenes, and I was so hard on myself about it — I hated how I looked, hated my performance. I was really frustrated.’”

"She told me, 'Come over right now. I want to watch this with you.' And she made me sit down and watch it, and she forced me to see the good parts,” the 25-year-old went on. "She was incredible like that. But she was really hard on me, saying, 'Shut up, you’re great in this. Have faith in yourself. Be more confident.’”

While planning Carrie’s funeral, Debbie suffered a stroke and was rushed to a hospital. Of the 84-year-old’s last days, Billie revealed, "Debbie was still encouraging me to put an act together. Literally three days before she died, she was like, 'What numbers are you going to put in your act? Who are you going to impersonate?’ I said, 'I don’t think people do acts as much anymore.' And she came back, 'That’s why if you do one you’ll be more successful than anyone else. The act is a dying art, and someone needs to revive it.’”

Despite the tragedies, Billie has been trying to live her life, saying, “I’ve always kind of lived in their shadows, and now is the first time in my life when I get to own my life and stand on my own. I love being my mother’s daughter, and it’s something I always will be, but now I get to be just Billie.”

Victor Demarchelier

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