Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill have been honored as Disney Legends in a special ceremony at the D23 Expo. It’s been an emotional year for Star Wars fans, following the sudden loss of Fisher when passed away at age 60 on December 27, 2016. Fortunately, Fisher had completed filming her scenes as General Leia in the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi before her passing, and in the past few months months, Lucasfilm and Disney have slowly been revealing images and footage of the late screen icon in her final performance; along with tributes from several Star Wars luminaries – including Mark Hamill – at gatherings like Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida, in April.
The celebration of Fisher continued at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California, where the actress was posthumously named a Disney Legend in a ceremony where Hamill was named a Disney Legend as well. The introduction to the ceremony honoring Fisher, much like her tribute at D23, included a video featuring Fisher’s film acting work, as well as her accomplishments as a screenwriter and her life with her late showbiz mom Debbie Reynolds.
Following the presentation, Disney CEO Robert Iger delivered a tribute, saying, “Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise as you saw from the very beginning, and she will always hold a very special place in our hearts, and the hearts of fans around the world. We all miss her talent, her wit, and her friendship.” Talking about her role in her final film, The Last Jedi, Iger says, “As always, she brought her trademark strength, heart and humor to the role, which is truly, truly a legendary performance.”