Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia in star warsdied at the age of 60 on December 27, 2016, after suffering a massive heart attack on December 23, 2016. She left a legacy that her friends and fans will never forget.
She is survived by her daughter Billie Heavy (whose father is Fisher’s ex-husband Bryan Heavy), who reflected on her late mother’s legacy in May 2023 when Fisher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
“I wanted to hate [Star Wars] so I could tell her how lame she was,” Scream Queens alum admitted while accepting the honor on behalf of his mother at the Los Angeles ceremony. “Like any kid, I didn’t want my mom to be hot or cool – she was my mom. But that day, looking at the screen, I realized no one is, or will be. ever, as hot or as cool as Princess Leia.
Along with watching the movies that made her mother a household name, attending fan conventions changed Billie’s perspective.
“People of all ages all over the world were dressed as my mother, the lady who sang me to sleep at night and held me when I was scared. Seeing the amount of joy it brought people when hugging them or throwing glitter at them – sorry for that – was amazing to see,” Billie recalled. “People lined up for hours just to meet her. her, people named their children after her. People had stories of how she saved their lives. It was a side of my mother that I had never seen before, and it was magical.
The actress – who later starred alongside her mother in the force awakens And The Last Jedi – continued: “I realized then that Leia is more than just a character. She is a feeling. She is strength. She is grace. She is intelligent. She is femininity at its best. She knows what she wants and she gets it. She doesn’t need anyone to rescue her as she saves herself and even saves the rescuers. And no one could have played it like my mother.
Beyond Fisher’s legacy as Leia, her daughter is proud of her impact on those struggling with addiction and mental health. In addition to her acting work, Fisher was a prolific writer. She spoke of her personal struggles in her memoir, including drink a wish And The diarist princess.
“One of my favorite quotes is, ‘Take your broken heart and turn it into art.’ And that’s exactly what she did,” Billie explained at the Walk of Fame ceremony. “And I hope to pass on this torch – or in this case, the lightsaber – of wisdom to the next generation. of fans. Take your broken heart and turn it into art.
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