Hello There! It’s the return of HCPL Bloggers Anjela and Laura,, opens a new window as they have some exciting Star Wars news!
On May 4, 2023, Carrie Fisher is being honored posthumously with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, will accept on her behalf.
We were excited to hear that Carrie Fisher is finally getting the recognition she deserves - an honor her Star Wars male co-stars have already received - so we decided to dedicate this blog to our Space Princess.
Anjela: Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess Leia Organa set the bar high for all other women in Star Wars.
Laura: Yes! Leia is an unforgettable character. Leia inspired hope as a rebel leader, courageous fighter, and compassionate diplomat.
Anjela: Carrie as Leia inspired and continues to inspire young viewers. It's hard to imagine anyone else playing Leia. Fisher put her own wit and humor into Leia, giving Leia some of the best moments in Star Wars.
What's a fact about Carrie Fisher everyone should know?
Laura: She told Daisy Ridley not to let them put her in a gold bikini!
Anjela: She was a script doctor! She even rewrote scenes for Empire Strikes Back.
Laura: She was in the movie Fan Boys!
Anjela: She won a Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album for The Princess Diarist.
Laura: And her relationship with her mom and how it ties into her book Postcards from the Edge.
What's your favorite Leia Moment?
Laura: Since I guess I can’t say ALL of them, I’ll go with 10-year-old Leia in the Kenobi series - that was one of the most exciting Star Wars reveals I’ve had in ages! Young Leia already has the rebel spirit and sass we love. From dealing with her cousin’s dismissive attitude towards droids, to standing up against kidnappers and the Empire, to her hilarious comments to Obi Wan (“It’s just...you seem kind of old and beat up.”), it's clear that she’s inherited her mother’s spirit and maybe her father’s habit of ribbing Obi Wan?
Anjela: I loved that we got to see Leia training as a Jedi with Luke in the Rise of Skywalker. Rey even used Leia’s lightsaber to defeat Palpatine. Perhaps the saddest moment in that movie is that even in her final moments, Leia never gave up hope on her son Ben.
What's your favorite Leia Quote?
Anjela: Easy, “Someone has to save our skins. Into the garbage chute, fly boy.” Leia taking charge of her own rescue and bossing around Han Solo. Because really, Luke and Han did not have a great rescue plan.
Laura: “Why, you stuck-up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf herder!” It’s so romantic!
What's your favorite Leia Hairstyle?
Anjela: Space Buns! Leia’s Space Buns are iconic. The two buns hairstyle has been replicated in other media such as Sailor Moon, Zeon Girl of the 21st Century, and Black Panther. Celebrities like Zendaya, Millie Bobby Brown, Miley Cyrus, Janelle Monae, Sofia Vergara, and more have been photographed wearing the style.
Laura: The braid crown is probably my favorite. The space buns are absolutely iconic, but I think this is probably her next best well-known look. I actually like it best when it’s a bit messy like when trying to take down the shield generator on Endor in Return of the Jedi.
Anjela: And Billie Lourde’s character Kaydel Ko Connix rocks both hairstyles in the sequels!
What's your favorite Leia Book?
Laura: This is hard - there are some great ones out there, but I think it’s probably The Princess and the Scoundrel. I love Leia and Han as a couple so very much, and getting to read about their wedding on Endor and the early days of adjusting to marriage while navigating the developing New Republic was exciting.
Anjela: My favorite Leia book is Bloodline by Claudia Gray. It was the book that led me to the dark side...I mean, it sparked my reading of Star Wars books.
What are you reading for May the Fourth?
Anjela: Don’t judge, but I’m finally reading The Princess and the Scoundrel by Beth Revis.
Laura: I’m trying really hard not to judge you... I’m bingeing on all things Thrawn in preparation for Ahsoka. I’ve read all the canon stuff and am just starting The Last Command, which is the last book in the Legends Thrawn trilogy.
As you can see, there's so many reasons why we love Carrie Fisher but mostly, because she was our space princess! There wouldn't be Star Wars without Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia.