Her “Star Wars” costar Mark Hamill, who is best known to fans as Luke Skywalker, called the announcement “long overdue.”
Mark Hamill Calls Carrie Fisher’s Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame ‘Long Overdue’
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) April 24, 2023
Shortly after the news was announced, Mark Hamill took to Twitter to retweet the news from Variety. He called it “long overdue & so well-deserved,” adding the hashtag #CarrieOnForever.
On Monday, the Hollywood Walk Of Fame website revealed that Carrie Fisher would be honored with a posthumous star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in celebration of Star Wars Day, which takes place every year on May 4th in a pun on the classic phrase “May the Fourth Be With You.”
iHeart Media personality and Walk of Famer Ellen K will emcee the event. Although guest speakers are not listed at this time, her daughter, Billie Lourd, will be accepting the star on behalf of her mother at 6840 Hollywood Boulevard near the El Captain Theatre at 11:30 AM local time on Thursday, May 4.
For those unable to make the dedication of the 2,754th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the ceremony will be streamed live on walkofffame.com.
Carrie Fisher Joins ‘Star Wars’ Costars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford In The Hollywood Walk Of Fame
In a statement, Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, said, “Fans will be over the moon to know that their favorite movie princess, Carrie Fisher will be honored with her star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame! Carrie will join her ‘Star Wars” co-stars and fellow Walk of Famers Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on this historic sidewalk.’”
“I am happy to add, that her star is just a few feet away from the star of Mark Hamill and across the street from the star of her legendary mother Debbie Reynolds!” Martinez added.
Carrie Fisher was the daughter of “Singin’ In The Rain” star Debbie Reynolds and “The Eddie Fisher Show” host, Eddie Fisher. Carrie made her film debut in “Shampoo” and later went on to star in “When Harry Met Sally,” and “The Blues Brothers,” in addition to her culture-defining role in “Star Wars.”
In addition to being an actress, Carrie Fisher was also a writer. She wrote the “Postcards” screenplay for the Oscar-nominated film and wrote three novels and two memoirs. She performed a one-woman stage show of her book “Wishful Drinking” on Broadway, which was later filmed for HBO and earned her an Emmy nomination.
Carrie Fisher Passed Away After Suffering A Medical Emergency On A Flight In 2016
Carrie Fisher was on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23, 2016, when she suffered a medical emergency about fifteen minutes before the plane landed. A passenger performed CPR on her until paramedics arrive, but she was reportedly unresponsive prior to landing.
She was rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and immediately placed on a ventilator. Unfortunately, after four days in intensive care, Carrie passed away at age 60 on December 27, 2016. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her passing in a statement at the time.
On December 28, 2016, only one day after Carrie’s death, her mother, Debbie Reynolds, had a stroke while the family was making preparations for Carrie’s funeral. She was rushed to the hospital and died later that afternoon.
A few weeks later, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health released her death certificate, which stated “cardiac arrest/deferred” as the cause of death. A few months later, the coroner’s office reported that the exact cause of death could not be determined, but listed “sleep apnea and the buildup of fatty tissue on the walls of arteries were among the contributing factors” to her death.
‘Star Wars’ Costars Pay Tribute To The Late Carrie Fisher
Shortly after her passing, costar Harrison Ford released a statement saying that Carrie was a “one-of-a-kind” who lived her life “bravely”, adding, “My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her.”
“Star Wars” creator George Lucas released a statement, saying, “Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer, and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.”
“In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise, and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think,” he continued. “My heart and prayers are with Billie, Debbie, and all Carrie’s family, friends, and fans. She will be missed by all.”
Steven Spielberg also released a statement, saying, “I have always stood in awe of Carrie. Her observations always made me laugh and gasp at the same time. She didn’t need The Force. She was a force of nature, of loyalty, and of friendship. I will miss her very much.”