When Carrie Fisher played Leia Organa, the sharp-talking, gun-toting princess in the 1977 movie Star Wars, she and her hair buns etched themselves into our minds as a modern 20th-century heroine. After all, damsels are supposed to be in distress, and princesses need rescuing. Not Leia. “This is some rescue,” she said, before grabbing Luke’s blaster. Fisher, who was small of stature but sarcastic of voice, played that part to perfection.
She took on the role of Leia again in The Empire Strikes Back, and again in Return of the Jedi, albeit with fewer clothing options. And again in 2015 in The Force Awakens. Fisher's older version of Leia had more gravitas, more pain. As the actress had evolved, so had her portrayal of the character.
We will miss her. But so will her family and friends, some of whom have spoken out on Twitter about their loss. Here’s what they had to say about her passing. We'll continue to update this post as more tributes come in.
He later tweeted this:
Fisher's half-sister Joely tweeted this:
And her mother Debbie Reynolds posted this to Facebook:
And a blast from Fisher's past, from Fisher herself:
Fisher will appear one last time in the upcoming Star Wars movie, currently titled Episode VIII, which is set for a December 2017 release.