Carrie Fisher Receives Posthumous Star


Billie Lourd and Mark Hamill honor Carrie Fisher at her Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. Photo by AP News

Sophia Cooper, Associate Editor-in-Chief/ News Editor

   On May 4, Carrie Fisher received a long overdue star on the Hollywood walk of fame 7 years after her death. To commemorate the role which launched her acting career, it was done on the fourth of May also known to the public as Star Wars Day because of the phrase, “May the fourth be with you.” 

   Although Fisher died in 2016, her legacy lives on in the Star Wars movies that made her famous. Both her daughter Billie Lourd and Mark Hamill who plays Luke Skywalker, her on-screen brother in Star Wars honored the late actress as she received her posthumous star. 

   People began to celebrate Star Wars day in 2011 although it is not an official holiday because of the closeness between the phrases “May the fourth be with you” and “may the force be with you,” which is a catchphrase in the movies. For Star Wars day, fans choose to wear Star Wars clothing, post fun things related to Star Wars on their social media or even make food and/or arts and crafts related to the blockbuster series. 

   Star Wars created a lasting impact on the world and Carrie Fisher was a large part of those movies for her role as Princess Leia. She had two acting roles before that, the first one was onstage in a musical starring her mother Debbie Reynolds who had an acting career herself in the musical “Singing in the Rain.” The second was in the movie “Shampoo” but did not earn Fisher any critical acclaim. Two years later, she was cast in the Lucasfilm movie “Star Wars: A New Hope” alongside Hamill, Harrison Ford, Alec Guinness, Peter Mayhew and other actors and actresses. 

   Tragically, Fisher’s life was cut short when she died of a heart attack on a plane, her mother, Debbie Reynolds died the next day from a stroke which many people believe was caused by the heartbreak of losing her daughter. Nevertheless, using modern technology Fisher appeared in later films using CGI. 

   The ceremony was Star Wars themed and even featured C-3PO and R2-D2 figures. Her daughter wore a dress to the ceremony featuring a portrait of Fisher’s character Princess Leia. Lourd spoke about how special her mom was and how the character of Princess Leia will live forever.