On May 4…aka Star Wars Day 2023, Carrie Fisher, who played Princess/General Leia Organa in the original and sequel Star Wars trilogies, finally got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, CA.
Fisher was honored posthumously by her daughter, actress Billie Lourd, as well as friend and co-star Mark Hamill.
“Today, May the 4th will be Carrie Frances Fisher Day,” Hamill said at the start of the ceremony, flanked by droids C-3PO and R2-D2, along with a Stormtrooper.
He then detailed their first dinner meeting, which happened after they had been shooting “Star Wars: A New Hope” for over a month.
“Every expectation I had was just obliterated,” he said. “She was so charming, so funny, so adorable, so wise beyond her years, I just couldn’t believe it. And brutally frank!”
“She played a crucial role in my professional and personal life and both would’ve been far emptier without her,” he continued. “Was she a handful? Was she high maintenance? No doubt. But everything would have been so much drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.”
“I’m grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness and even the bratty self-indulgent crap that my bratty space twin drove me crazy with through the years. Thank you, Carrie. I love you.”
Lourd, who accepted the honor in her mother’s absence, wore a gown featuring Leia in her most iconic look, the princess and rebel fighter with two space buns from “Star Wars: A New Hope.”
She recalled first discovering the deep affection the fans had for Carrie and her character while attending a convention as a kid. “It was the first time I realized how widespread and deep people’s love for Leia was,” she said.
“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 she saved their lives. It was a side of my mom I had never seen before and it was magical
She eventually got to act opposite her mom, playing Resistance Lt. Connix alongside Fisher in the final Skywalker saga trilogy of films.
During the star ceremony, Lourd gave a heartfelt memorial to her mother’s enduring legacy, which included acclaimed work as a writer, and as an advocate for mental health. “I adore you,” Lourd told the crowd that had gathered in the earlier rain. “She adored you.”
Kneeling before Carrie Fisher’s star, Lourd paid one final tribute, tossing some of her mother’s glitter into the air, a nod to Fisher’s penchant for tossing glitter at fans.
“My mom was glitter. She covered her world in it, both literally and metaphorically. She left a mark of her sparkle on everyone she met,” said Lourd in the closing her speech.
Watch the Ceremony
If the above clips make you wish you were at the ceremony, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce recorded it for everyone to enjoy. The below video includes a Hollywood Walk of Fame montage at the beginning, with the ceremony starting at about six minutes in:
About Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher, daughter of legendary performer Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, got her first break with a role in 1975’s “Shampoo.”
Two years later, she debuted in her best known role: Princess Leia in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, and later as General Leia in the final trilogy.
Her other film credits included “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Hannah and Her Sisters,” while her TV appearances included “Laverne & Shirley,” “Sex and the City” and “30 Rock,” for which she received an Emmy® nomination.
Fisher’s bestselling novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” netted her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel, and she penned the “Postcards” screenplay for the Oscar®-nominated film, starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.
Three novels and two memoirs have followed: “Delusions of Grandma,” “Surrender the Pink,” “The Best Awful,” “Wishful Drinking” and “Shockaholic.”
Fisher also performed her one-woman stage version of “Wishful Drinking” on Broadway, which went on to be filmed for HBO, and got her nominated for another Emmy® Award.
Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016, with her mother passing a day later, on December 28.
“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 little girl unwilling to even watch Star Wars, to obsessive Star Wars fan, who, if you haven’t noticed, I’m literally wearing a Princess Lea dress,” said Lourd.
“I have now passed the torch — or in this case, lightsaber — on to my two children, Kingston and Jackson,” she continued. “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.”
Fisher’s star, the 2,754th, sits at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard, near Disney’s El Capitan Theatre. Her original Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford have already been honored with stars (Hamill in 2018 with a star near Fisher’s, and Ford in 2003), as have her parents Debbie Reynolds (across the street from her daughter) and Eddie Fisher.