This weekend Star Wars fans are celebrating everything Star Wars, with cast and crew of the films landing at Orlando to join panels and discuss the franchise with fans. The celebration is bittersweet though, as it is the first since the death of Carrie Fisher. The actor, best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa, was honored at the event; which was attended by her fellow cast-mates and family.
Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd was in attendance, both for the tribute and for her own role in the films. Lourd appeared in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” as Lieutenant Connix, which also served as her feature-film debut. Lourd will be reprising her role in the upcoming “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” sequel. Lourd is also set to star in a new season of “American Horror Story”.
This was Lourd’s first public appearance since Fisher’s’ death, and she stood on stage wearing a white Tom Ford dress, which was custom made for the event. The dress resembles the iconic dress that Princess Leia wore in the films, and the crowd roared and applauded Lourd’s tribute to her late mother. Lorde told fans, “My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began.”
The video above played after Lourd’s personal tribute to her mother. As the video played, the crowd watched clips from the many Star Wars films that featured the actor. There were also a few outtakes and behind-the-scenes moments shared, all taken during production of the popular films over the last 40 years.
As many fans remember, Fisher died at the age of 60 on on December 27, 2016. Fisher died four days after going into cardiac arrest, she was traveling on a plane at the time of the attack. It was just one day later that her mother, the iconic Debbie Reynolds, died from a stroke.