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,
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.
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.