Carrie Fisher, the late actress who played Princess Leia in the 'Star Wars' franchise, was posthumously awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May 4.
On May 4, which has come to be known as "Star Wars" Day, Carrie Fisher was posthumously recognized as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Billie Lourd, the late actress's daughter, was present to collect the accolade on her mother's behalf. Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016, at the age of 60. Lourd accepted Fisher's award when she was presented with the 2,754th star on the illustrious Walk of Fame during the event, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
According to Hollywood Chamber of Commerce vice president of media relations Ana Martinez, Fisher's star "is just a few feet away" from that of "Star Wars" co-star Mark Hamill and is located across the street from her mother Debbie Reynolds' star. At the event, Lourd revealed that she didn't sit down in front of the television to see "Star Wars" until she was in middle school.
The legendary actor would reportedly often ask her daughter to watch it so she could gain cool points for her leading part as "Princess Leia." However, Lourd only made the decision to finally watch the movie after boys her age admitted how much they dreamed about Fisher and admired her charm. The 30-year-old actor revealed that until then, she would often "roll eyes" and yell, "it's too loud" whenever Fisher tried to get her to watch George Lucas's sci-fi classic.
"I went home to investigate who this person was they were talking about. I finally watched the movie I had forever considered too loud, and finally figured out what all the fuss was about with the lady in the TV," Lourd shared. "I 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. But that day, staring at the screen, I realized no one is or will ever be as hot or as cool as Princess Leia."
Later that year, Lourd recalled, she went to Comic-Con with her mother and instantly discovered "how deep and widespread people's love" was for Fisher. "I realized then that Leia is more than just a character. She is a feeling. She is strength. She is grace. She is wit. She is femininity at its finest. She knows what she wants and she gets it. She doesn’t need anyone to rescue her because she rescues herself and even rescues the rescuers. And no one could have played her like my mother," she said.
"My mom used to say you weren't actually famous until you became a PEZ dispenser. Well, people eat candy out of her neck every day," the "Scream Queens" star said in her speech. "I say, you aren't actually famous until you get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. My mom is a double whammy -- a PEZ dispenser and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Now, Mama, you’ve made it."
Princess. Rebel. General. Forever our Leia.— Star Wars (@starwars) May 4, 2023
Carrie Fisher was honored in a ceremony featuring her daughter, Billie Lourd, along with her Star Wars family.
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Remembering her mother during the speech, Lourd said: "My mom died six and a half years ago, and ever since I have fallen deeply in love with Leia and the entire Star Wars universe. I’ve gone from a little girl unwilling to even watch 'Star Wars,' to an obsessive 'Star Wars' fan, who, if you haven’t noticed, I’m literally wearing a Princess Lea dress."
"I have now passed the torch — or in this case, lightsaber — on to my two children, Kingston and Jackson," she added. "I feel so lucky that even though they won’t get to meet my mom, they will get to know a piece of her through Leia. I will get to tell them that the little lady in the TV is my momby, their grandmomby."