George Lucas reflects on his friendship with Carrie Fisher

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May 4, 2017, 1:43 PM EDT (Updated)

While the world wakes to the new reality of Carrie Fisher's sad death, friends, colleagues, family and fans are finding some shred of solace by offering their memories and reflections of the actress who the planet knew as Star Wars' Princess Leia.  Maverick director George Lucas, hot off his success with American Graffiti, cast the 19-year-old Fisher over a force of big names like Sissy Spacek, Farrah Fawcett, Glenn Close, Jessica Lange, Meryl Streep, Sigourney Weaver, Cybill Shepherd, Jane Seymour, Anjelica Huston, Kim Basinger and Kathleen Turner. The two remained close friends for decades, through multiple Star Wars films and life's inevitable course of twists and triumphs.

In the wake of her untimely passing yesterday at the age of 60, Lucas delivered his official statement to mark the mournful occasion:

“Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.  In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think. My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie and all Carrie’s family, friends and fans. She will be missed by all. — George Lucas”

Demonstrating the unique relationship they shared with her trademark barbed wit, Fisher roasted Lucas during a 2005 AFI Lifetime Achievement Award ceremony for the director in the video below:

(Via Heroic Hollywood)