Carrie Fisher awarded with posthumous star on Hollywood Walk of Fame on ‘Star Wars Day’

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Carrie Fisher was posthumously honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday.

The tribute fittingly came on May 4, better known to “Star Wars” fans as “Star Wars Day” on account of the trailblazing sci-fi saga’s “May the Force be with you” tagline.

Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, accepted the honor on her mother’s behalf. “My mom used to say you weren’t actually famous until you became a Pez dispenser,” Lourd said after sprinkling glitter on her mother’s star.

Pez introduced a candy dispenser in 1998 honoring the Princess Leia Organa “Star Wars” character first made famous by Fisher in 1977.

“I say you aren’t actually famous until you get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” Lourd said. Crediting her multi-talented mother as a “double-whammy,” she then concluded, “Mama, you’ve made it.”

Aside from playing a tough-as-nails princess in six “Star Wars” films, Fisher — also an author — appeared in comedies including “The Blues Brothers,” “Hannah and her Sisters” and “Shampoo.”

But according to her 30-year-old daughter, who’s also an actor, no character was “as hot or as cool” as Princess Leia.

“She doesn’t need anyone to rescue her because she rescues herself and even rescues the rescuers,” Lourd said. “And no one could have played her like my mother.”

Fisher died in 2016 due in part to sleep apnea and atherosclerotic heart disease. A coroner report also stated she used drugs. She was 60 years old.

Fisher’s friend and ”Star Wars” sibling Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, was also on hand for Thursday’s unveiling. He thanked Fisher for being instrumental to his growth as an actor and a person.

“Was she high-maintenance? No doubt!” he joked. “But everything would have been drabber and less interesting if she hadn’t been the friend that she was.”

Hamill was honored with his own star on the Walk of Fame in 2018.

Fans in attendance showed up in costumes to remember Fisher. Robots representing the droids R2-D2 and C-3PO, characters that frequently appeared onscreen with Skywalker and the princess, were also on hand.

Prior to her passing, Fisher had been famously open about her dark side. She struggled with mental illness and addiction. Cocaine, opiates and ecstasy were in her system when she died.

Fisher admitted in a candid 2006 NPR interview that her mother Debbie Reynolds’ highs and lows stopped her from wanting to be an actor, but the path chose her after she did a “cult film” called “Star Wars.”

“It did something that a movie was never meant to do and had never done,” Fisher said. “It became a blockbuster.”

Reynolds outlived her daughter by two days.

With News Wire Services