While a great writer and an actress of many roles, Fisher will be forever remembered by fan boys and girls throughout the Republic as Princess Leia.
Star Wars is the first movie I remember seeing, and it left such an impression on a nerdy, bullied, scrawny, little boy from Brooklyn, that I credit the flick as the reason I wanted to be a writer when I grew up.
Princess Leia, with those unforgettable buns (the ones one her head!) and the sass and ferocity that all movie heroines only wish they could possess, was my first crush.
This crush only grew with The Empire Strikes Back, and we all know the lasting effect the gold bikini in Return of the Jedi had on multiple generations of the male species.
My feelings for Princess Leia went beyond her looks, of course. She was a rebel, incredibly fearless, always had great lines, and even though the basic plot of Star Wars set her up as the damsel in distress, Leia blew that stereotype to pieces.
She was just one of the guys…only prettier.
By the time The Force Awakens finally arrived, our Princess had become General Leia Organa, a leader of the Republic, estranged wife of Han Solo, and mother of the tyrant currently known as Kylo Ren.
News of celebrity deaths don’t normally register much with me, or lead to my commenting on social media, but I will always be a Star Wars nerd and the passing of Carrie Fisher hit me hard.
Fittingly, I learned of the sad news on social media during my lunch break. My Facebook news feed was cluttered with tributes from Star Wars fans to their fallen Princess.
I loved Carrie Fisher in The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally, but in my mind, it almost as if there were two separate people: Princess Leia and the Carrie Fisher who acted in other movies, wrote books and screenplays, and occasionally made the tabloids.
Maybe that’s foolish, but she was so damn iconic in the Star Wars flicks, that it’s as if Princess Leia was an actual being who lived a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Meanwhile, Carrie Fisher was an actress on this planet, who looked a lot like her, but clearly wasn’t the character from my favorite movies.
Maybe someday, my brain will finally accept that they are one and the same, but for now, I have searched my feelings and believe them to be unique individuals.
They will both be in my prayers tonight. Rest in peace.
May the Force be with you, ladies. You will be missed.
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