Carrie Fisher, best known for her iconic portrayal of Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series, will receive a long-overdue honor on May 4th as she is set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Star Wars Day falls on May 4th each year, celebrated by fans worldwide for its similarity to the famous catchphrase “may the Force be with you.” Ana Martinez, the producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, announced that Fisher will be joining her Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on the iconic sidewalk.
Mark Hamill, who played the character of Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars series, has a star located a few feet away from Fisher’s upcoming star. Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, a celebrated actress famous for her role in Singin’ in the Rain, has a star located just across the street. Fisher and Reynolds passed away consecutively in 2016, leaving fans around the world heartbroken.
Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter and fellow Star Wars actress, will accept the honor on her mother’s behalf in a live-streamed ceremony at 11:30 a.m. PT. Fans of the beloved actress and writer will be able to tune in and pay their respects to Fisher’s memory as she is finally recognized with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In addition to her legendary role in Star Wars, Fisher also had memorable performances in films like When Harry Met Sally and The Blues Brothers. She was nominated for Emmy awards for her guest appearances on 30 Rock and Catastrophe and for her one-woman show, Wishful Drinking, which was based on her book of the same name. Fisher was also a prolific author, penning several novels and memoirs that gave fans insight into her personal life and the struggles she faced throughout her career.
NPR critic Glen Weldon praised Fisher for her “sardonic, clear-eyed, witheringly self-recriminatory good humor,” a sentiment echoed by fans who loved her for her wit and her willingness to speak her mind. Fisher was a trailblazer in Hollywood, using her platform to advocate for mental health awareness and to fight against sexism and ageism in the industry. Her legacy lives on through her work on-screen and off, inspiring generations of fans to be their authentic selves and to stand up for what they believe in.
The Hollywood Walk of Fame, established in 1960 by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, now boasts 2,754 stars, each representing an individual who has made a significant contribution to the entertainment industry. Carrie Fisher’s star will be added to this iconic sidewalk, joining the ranks of some of the most celebrated actors and actresses in Hollywood history. Her memory will be forever enshrined on the Walk of Fame, a fitting tribute to a true Hollywood legend.