In a rare public statement, the actress wrote of the decision to not invite her aunts and uncle to the ceremony: “Their actions were very hurtful to me at the most difficult time in my life.”
Billie Lourd has long preferred to keep her personal life as private as possible, but the actress has taken the rare step of releasing a public statement to quiet family discord by offering her side of the story ahead of a special ceremony honoring her late mother, Carrie Fisher.
In a statement received by The Hollywood Reporter, Lourd first apologizes to “anyone reading this for feeling the need to defend myself publicly,” adding that she’s only doing so after being “publicly attacked” by her family members in statements given to TMZ and posted on social media. She then confirms that she did not invite Fisher’s brother, Todd, and half-sisters, Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher, to Thursday’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony, and that “they know why.”
“Days after my mom died, her brother and her sister chose to process their grief publicly and capitalize on my mother’s death, by doing multiple interviews and selling individual books for a lot of money, with my mom and my grandmother’s deaths as the subject. I found out they had done this through the press. They never consulted me or considered how this would affect our relationship,” reads Lourd’s statement. “Though I recognize they have every right to do whatever they choose, their actions were very hurtful to me at the most difficult time in my life. I chose to and still choose to deal with her loss in a much different way.”
The family suffered tremendous loss when the beloved Star Wars icon passed away in Los Angeles at age 60 on Dec. 27, 2016. One day later, Fisher’s mother, the legendary performer Debbie Reynolds, passed away at age 84. On June 5, 2018, Todd Fisher published the memoir My Girls: A Lifetime With Carrie and Debbie. Joely Fisher published a memoir as well, Growing Up Fisher: Musings, Memories and Misadventures in 2017. For her part, Lourd leads a relatively private life, preferring to share pieces of it via Instagram where she sometimes posts tributes to her mother and grandmother on anniversaries, birthdays and special occasions. Her interviews are few and far between, and typically tied to acting projects like the recent Ticket to Paradise.
Academy Award® winners George Clooney and Julia Roberts reunite on the big screen as exes who find themselves on a shared mission to stop their lovestruck daughter from making the same mistake they once made. From Working Title, Smokehouse Pictures and Red Om Films, Ticket to Paradise is a romantic comedy about the sweet surprise of second chances.
Directed by Ol Parker (Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, writer of the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel films) from his script with Daniel Pipski, Ticket to Paradise is produced by Tim Bevan (Darkest Hour, The Danish Girl) and Eric Fellner (The Theory of Everything, Les Misérables) for Working Title, by Sarah Harvey (The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, co-producer In Bruges), by Deborah Balderstone (Palm Beach, Gone), by George Clooney and Oscar® winner Grant Heslov (Argo, The Midnight Sky ) for Smokehouse Pictures and by Julia Roberts and Lisa Roberts Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill (both co-executive producers, the Homecoming series) for Red Om Films. Ticket to Paradise is filmed on location in Queensland, Australia, aided by incentives from the Australian federal government and from Screen Queensland’s Production Attraction Strategy.
Actor Billie Lourd—who is known for her roles in Scream Queens, American Horror Story, and Booksmart as well as for being the daughter of actor Carrie Fisher and power agent Bryan Lourd, not to mention the only grandchild of Hollywood royalty Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher—met producer Austen Rydell back in January of 2011 while they were both attending NYU. Austen proposed in June of 2020 (according to his Instagram engagement announcement, Billie said “duh!” instead of “yes” when he popped the question), and their son, Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell, was born in September.
The couple’s wedding took place this past weekend in Cabo San Lucas, and the two worked with planner Mark Seed to bring their vision to life. Festivities kicked off with a floral-Friday-themed rehearsal dinner. “I am a little bit of a procrastinator, so I didn’t start looking for my rehearsal-dinner dress until late January,” Billie admits. “I’ve always loved Oscar de la Renta’s floral designs, so I went to the store to find a white floral gown. When I arrived, they asked me when my wedding was, and I confidently replied, ‘March!’ They looked at me quizzically and said, ‘2023?’ I didn’t realize people started planning for this whole wedding thing over a year in advance and awkwardly smiled, ‘2022…’ The saleswoman smiled and told me most of their dresses are custom and take at least six months to make, but she would see if they happened to have anything in stock in my size. She went in the back and then came out with my absolute dream floral-Friday dress—a floor-length gown with flowers delicately embroidered all over it. I hit the jackpot. I decided to hem it short in the front and long in the back, and it turned out incredible.”
“I have always been a massive fan of their work and thought their elegant, ethereal, unique style was a perfect fit” – Billie Lourd
For the ceremony on Saturday, the bride wore a custom off-the-shoulder Rodarte dress. “I discovered Kate and Laura [Mulleavy, Rodarte’s designers] after they interviewed my mom for an article in 2014 and immediately fell in love,” Billie says. “So when I started thinking about who I wanted to design my wedding dress, they were the first people who came to mind. I have always been a massive fan of their work and thought their elegant, ethereal, unique style was a perfect fit for my—kind of—elegant, ethereal, unique personality. I also felt a strong connection to them because of their connection to my mom and because they are California gals just like me!”
Billie Lourd’s incredible wedding dress
Billie went to the Rodarte studio in downtown L.A. to begin the design process and quickly fell in love with what would ultimately become her dress. “The first dress they brought out for me to try on turned out to be exactly what I wanted—every gal’s dream!” she says. The only thing that needed to be changed was the color, as the original dress was green and Billie envisioned herself in classic bridal white.
“We got married on the beach at sunset, so I really wanted something that reflected the vibe of the ocean-y setting,” she says. “We decided to make the underlayer of the dress out of sequins. The underlayer of my personality is also made of sequins, so it just felt right,” she jokes. “The dress came out even better than I could’ve ever imagined, and I feel so beyond grateful to Laura and Kate for making it all happen.”
A team of friends
Michelle Ceglia did the bride’s hair, and Eryn Kruger Mekash was on makeup. “I have worked with Eryn since Scream Queens season one in 2015 and Michelle since American Horror Story: Cult in 2017, so getting to have two women I know and love so much with me at my wedding was just incredible.”
For jewelry, Billie wore her engagement ring—a diamond that was originally in the ring that her dad proposed to her mom with and that Austen had reset. She also wore a pair of vintage Neil Lane diamond studs that her dad gave her (something old); her mom’s favorite ring, a blue fire opal that she wore all of the time (something blue); and a ring that her mom had given to one of her closest friends (something borrowed).
The bride’s shoes were made by René Mancini and completed her wedding-day look. “My dad was walking around town shopping and came upon the store and found the perfect shoe,” Billie explains. “They reminded him of the shoes my mom used to wear in the ’90s. But he had the same experience I had with my rehearsal-dinner dress. It was a month before the wedding, and they told him they take four months to make the shoes. He talked to Mohamad, the manager of the store, and told him when the wedding was and asked him if he could somehow rush them, and he magically made it happen! When he came to pick up the shoes, it turned out my dad’s hunch about my mom was right. Mohamad told him that my mom used to shop at their store in New York City in the ’90s. The perfect shoe turned out to literally be the perfect shoe. It was serendipity!”
Austen opted for a Tom Ford tuxedo, and all of Billie’s best friends were in Halston.
The ceremony was intimate, with just family and the closest of friends in attendance. “We wrote our own vows and sobbed the entire time,” Billie says. “Word to the wise—always wear waterproof everything!”
“It was magical. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect wedding.” – Billie Lourd
Her mother’s two best friends Gavin DeBecker and Bruce Wagner officiated. “It was the most hysterically brilliant and touching officiating in the history of officiating,” Billie says. “And in true Carrie fashion, we threw glitter in the air at the end of the ceremony. It was magical. I could not have dreamed up a more perfect wedding.”
After the ceremony, Billie changed into an after-party look, also by Rodarte. “It was inspired by my glam-ma Debbie Reynolds’s iconic dance outfits that she used to wear in all of her shows and is probably the most fun party outfit of all time,” Billie says. “I am obsessed beyond belief. I’m probably going to make it into an art piece in my house because it’s way too legendary to just hang on a hanger in a closet. I have never had more fun in any dress ever!”
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Billie Lourd on the green carpet of the Opening Gala for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, in Los Angeles, CA, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. I’ve updated our photo gallery with these pictures. Make sure you check them out by clicking the thumbnails below. Enjoy!
The romantic comedy will be directed by Ol Parker.
Billie Lourd is negotiating to join George Clooney and Julia Roberts in Universal Pictures’ Ticket to Paradise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
The romantic comedy will be directed by Ol Parker, who helmed Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. Lourd is set to play a recent college graduate who travels with her best friend for a holiday in Bali.
Clooney and Roberts will play a divorced couple that also travel to Bali to stop their daughter from repeating an error they made 25 years earlier. Lourd’s screen credits include Booksmart, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the American Horror Story TV series.
Parker and Daniel Pipski wrote the script for Ticket to Paradise, and Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner of Working Title will produce alongside Sarah Harvey and Deborah Balderstone.
Clooney and Grant Heslov will produce for their Smokehouse Pictures, alongside Red Om Films’ Roberts, Lisa Gillan and Marisa Yeres Gill.
Lourd, Clooney and Roberts are represented by CAA, while Parker is represented by UTA, Knight Hall Agency Ltd. and Management 360.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Fresh off her Emmy nomination for Netflix’s “Ratched” (a second season is on the way!), Sarah Paulson is getting set to return to the world of “American Horror Story” once again for the show’s upcoming tenth season, which is set to premiere on FX sometime later this year.
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, Paulson teases her latest “AHS” character.
Paulson tells the outlet, “The character I’m playing this year on Horror Story has some issues, let’s just put it that way. I have a hair color I’ve never had in life nor in the show. That’s what I can tell you. And I have a great name. I have a great name, which I can’t tell you.”
At this time, the theme for “American Horror Story” Season 10 is unknown. Stay tuned.
The cast will also include fellow “AHS” regulars Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Billie Lourd, Finn Wittrock, Lily Rabe, Leslie Grossman, Adina Porter and Angelica Ross.
The most surprising addition to the cast? None other than Macaulay Culkin!
Source: Bloody Disgusting
Actors Billie Lourd and Austen Rydell announced the birth of their son on social media on Friday. The new parents named their child Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell to pay tribute to Lourd’s late mother, the actress Carrie Fisher, who died in 2016 at the age of 60 from a heart attack.
The “American Horror Story” actress shared a photo of the newborn’s feet with a caption reading “Introducing Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell,” with several blue hearts and crown emojis.
Several fans and celebrities said they were surprised to hear the news, as Lourd had not previously said she and Rydell were expecting.
“WAIT WHAT????” actress Jamie Lee Curtis wrote. American Horror Story co-star Cody Fern commented “The sneak attack.”
Several of Lourd’s costars also weighed in, including Star Wars star Mark Hamill.
“Congratulations to #BillieLourd & #AustenRydell on the arrival of their firstborn child: Kingston Fisher Lord Rydell!!!” he wrote. “I can’t think of another baby with both ‘KING’ AND ‘LORD’ in their name. Nice.”
Congratulations to #BillieLourd & #AustenRydell on the arrival of their firstborn child: Kingston Fisher Lord Rydell!!!
I can't think of another baby with both "KING" AND "LORD" in their name. Nice. 👍👶🎂♥️ pic.twitter.com/BJrvh8pARe
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 25, 2020
Fisher made her film debut in 1975, but her big break came when she starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy. Lourd worked alongside her mother in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” before Fisher’s passing. A day after Fisher died, her mother and Lourd’s grandmother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died of a stroke at 84.
Source: CBS News
Billie Lourd attended the Casting Society Of America’s Artios Awards at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. Make sure you check them out by clicking the thumbnails below. Enjoy!
Billie Lourd attended The 2020 InStyle And Warner Bros. 77th Annual Golden Globe Awards Post-Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 05, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Californi. Make sure you check them out by clicking the thumbnails below. Enjoy!
I grew up with three parents: a mom, a dad and Princess Leia. I guess Princess Leia was kind of like my stepmom–technically family, but deep down I didn’t really like her. She literally and metaphorically lived on a planet I had never been to. When Leia was around, there wasn’t as much room for my mom–for Carrie. As a child, I couldn’t understand why people loved Leia as much as they did. I didn’t want to watch her movie, I didn’t want to dress up like her, I didn’t even want to talk about her. I just wanted my mom–the one who lived on Earth, not Tatooine.
I didn’t watch Star Wars until I was about 6 years old. (And I technically didn’t finish it until I was 9 or 10. I’m sorry! Don’t judge me!) My mom used to love to tell people that every time she tried to put it on, I would cover my ears and yell, “It’s too loud, Mommy! Turn it off!”–or fearfully question, “Is that lady in the TV you?” It wasn’t until middle school that I finally decided to watch it of my own accord–not because I suddenly developed a keen interest in ’70s sci-fi, but because boys started coming up to me and saying they fantasized about my mom. My mom? The lady who wore glitter makeup like it was lotion and didn’t wear a bra to support her much-support-needed DD/F’s? They couldn’t be talking about her! I had to investigate who this person was they were talking about.
So I went home and watched the movie I had forever considered too loud and finally figured out what all the fuss was about the lady in the TV. I’d wanted to hate it so I could tell her how lame she was. Like any kid, I didn’t want my mom to be “hot” or “cool”–she was my mom. I was supposed to be the “cool,” “hot” one–not her! But staring at the screen that day, I realized no one is, or ever will be, as hot or as cool as Princess F-cking Leia. (Excuse my language. She’s just that cool!)
Later that year, I went to Comic-Con with my mom. It was the first time I realized how widespread and deep people’s love for Leia was, even after so many years. It was surreal: people of all ages from all over the world were dressed up like my mom, the lady who sang me to sleep at night and held me when I was scared. Watching the amount of joy it brought to people when she hugged them or threw glitter in their faces was incredible to witness. People waited in line for hours just to meet her. People had tattoos of her. People named their children after her. People had stories of how Leia saved their lives. It was a side of my mom I had never seen before. And it was magical.