George Lucas and Billie Lourd just gave the most touching tribute to Carrie Fisher, so get the tissues ready
It’s only been a few months since Carrie Fisher passed away, unexpectedly, after suffering a heart attack on an airplane and the world is still mourning the void. Today at the opening panel of the 2017 Star Wars Celebration, George Lucas and many other members of the Star Wars family payed homage to the late actress and writer, who is best known as the beloved resistance leader Princess Leia Organa.
The panel, which was comprised of Lucas and and original Star Wars cast members Mark Hamill, Billy Dee Williams, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Harrison Ford (who surprised the audience), honored their late co-star, who played a major role in five Star Wars films (including upcoming film The Last Jedi).
Of Fisher and her impact on the Star Wars franchise, Lucas told the audience,
"She played a part that was very smart, and she was having to hold her own against two big lugs, goofballs that were screwing everything up. She was the boss. It was her war and when I cast it, I said ‘I want somebody young to play the part. I want somebody very young.’ When Carrie came in, she was that character. She was very strong, very smart, very funny, very bold, very tough, and there really wasn't much of a question. There are not very many people like her. They are one in a billion. For this particular part, it was absolutely perfect … she wore a dress through the whole thing, but she was the toughest in the group."
The biggest surprise came from the appearance of Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, who appeared on stage in white Princess Leia dress, to introduce the memorial montage.
“She loved you because you embraced all of her. The strong soldier she was and the vulnerable side, who fought her own dark side. Lourd said, as practically everyone in the audience wept (probably). “She loved this incredible character she got to create — this force, called Leia.
Before the montage, Lourd recited Leia’s famous “Help me, Obi-Wan” monologue, as the audience burst into applause. At the end of the memoriam, Star Wars composer John Williams conducted “Princess Leia’s Theme” to end the panel. We can’t imagine there was a dry eye in the room.
It was such a moving way to celebrate Fisher’s life and the importance she (and Leia) had on generations of women. We’re sure that even Fisher, under the guise of jokes, would have been touched.