May the Fourth be With You: Carrie Fisher receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

The late Star Wars actress, who passed away at the end of 2016, was posthumously honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the ceremony took place on the only day possible: May the 4th

Heather Adams
17th May 2023
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The late Star Wars actress, who passed away at the end of 2016, was posthumously honoured with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the ceremony took place on the only day possible: May the 4th. 

Fisher, who is known worldwide thanks to her breakout as Princess Leia in the Star Wars franchise, joins her costars (Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill) on the infamous Los Angeles tourist attraction and all of their stars are located on the 6,800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, in close proximity to where the original film debuted in 1977. 

Fisher’s daughter, the actress Billie Lourd, was responsible for the emotional unveiling of her mother’s star on Star Wars Day and was joined by Fisher’s ‘brother’ Mark Hamill alongside cameo appearances from C-3PO, R2-D2 and a stormtrooper. In his speech, Hamill detailed his first meeting with Fisher, "She was so charming, so funny, so adorable, so wise beyond her years, I just couldn't believe it. And brutally frank!" 

Despite being loved all around the world for her portrayal of Princess Leia, Fisher also had unforgettable roles in When Harry Met Sally and Catastrophe in addition to being a celebrated writer. Fisher worked as a script doctor on several Hollywood projects, including HookSister Act and The Wedding Singer and she was a celebrated author. 

Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel, Postcards From The Edge, was described by Carolyn See in the Los Angeles Times as ‘intelligent, original, focused, insightful’. This novel was adapted into an Academy Award nominated film, starring Meryl Streep and Fisher herself earned a nomination for the BAFTA Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. 

Lourd recognised her mother’s talents at the ceremony by describing her as "an incredible actress who infused her strength and wit into every role she played," and also a “quadruple threat…She could sing and she could dance, she could act and she was an absolutely beyond brilliant writer.” 

As Lourd said in her speech, people’s love for Princess Leia will continue to be passed from generation to generation and, despite her death, this well-deserved recognition of talent shows that this love did not die with Carrie Fisher. 

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