It’s been three years since the heartbreaking news that our Rebel Princess had left us. But it seems like there has been a repeat of that loss for two of the last three years. First, we saw her ‘last’ Star Wars film “The Last Jedi” and in it she flew into space, appearing to die. Gut-wrenching! Then she used the force to save herself. I still find myself getting choked up with the goodbye scene wIth General Holdo.
“So much loss,” Leia says at the prospect of losing yet another lifelong friend. “I can’t take any more.”
“Sure you can,” Holdo says, smiling sadly. “You taught me how.”
Then Carrie ended up appearing in The Rise of Skywalker. I was thrilled they used existing clips and not CGI. And her scenes definately tugged at my heart once again. I am not complaining that she continues to be in movies at all. But at the same time, each time seems like another goodbye. So maybe the answer is to never say goodbye to Carrie. After all, to quote Luke Skywalker, no one is ever really gone. #CarrieOnForever
Billie Lourd and the rest of Carrie’s family are in our thoughts today.
SPOILER ALERT: This article contains major spoilers for the new movie, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.”
PAGE SIX – Carrie Fisher’s generosity knew no bounds — which is why, her brother, Todd, told The Post, “She never liked the idea that Christmas was just for a short period of time. In her mind, everybody should be giving gifts 24/7. That way we can shop all the time without any guilt. Shopping therapy was actually one of the best things for Carrie. It wasn’t so good for the bills later, but it was almost calming and soothing to her.”
Every year, the actress would buy Todd “a really great jacket. It started back when she first had her own money, right after ‘Star Wars.’ I have a closet full of memories … She gave me unbelievable gifts.”
Todd had already purchased a Christmas present for Carrie when the actress boarded a flight from London to Los Angeles on Dec. 23, 2016, planning to celebrate with her family. But Carrie, 60, suffered a heart attack on the plane, went into a coma and died four days later.
“She collected paintings of ugly children,” he explained, noting his sibling’s dark sense of humor. “I happened to stumble on a very high-end oil painting of a very unattractive child. It was waiting for her, but she never got off the plane. So that painting now hangs on a wall, with the rest of her paintings.”
Christmas isn’t the same for the Fisher family now. One day after Carrie passed away, her mother, screen legend Debbie Reynolds, had a stroke and died at age 84. Her last words were, “I want to be with Carrie,” Todd revealed in his 2018 book “My Girls.”
Now, Todd and his wife, Catherine, are readying the family compound in Las Vegas to celebrate the holidays without the two women he was so close to.
“I have my mother’s Christmas tree up year-round in my house in Las Vegas,” he says, of the tradition that “Singin’ in the Rain” star Reynolds started decades ago. “Carrie’s tree is still up year-round in her house.”
WASHINGTON POST – This was supposed to be Carrie Fisher’s movie — her center spotlight after the previous two films in Disney’s modern Star Wars trilogy successively featured Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill, her castmates across four decades.
“It’s nothing short of heartbreaking that she wasn’t here to collaborate on this film, because we couldn’t possibly tell the story without her,” J.J. Abrams says of directing “The Rise of Skywalker” without Fisher, who died three years ago this month.
Ever since her death, those creatively involved with the Skywalker Saga — which seemingly concludes with the opening of “Rise” this weekend — have tried to honor Fisher’s memory while also wrestling with how to present her iconic character, Leia Organa, on screen.
The starkest misstep since was a digital motion-capture representation of a young Leia briefly in the one-off film “Rogue One” — an eerie effect that many fans thought fell squarely into the “uncanny valley.”
Lucasfilm announced last year that Fisher would appear in “Rise,” but assuaged fans about how the posthumous “performance” would be handled.
“We would never consider recasting,” Abrams said this month, speaking by phone from the L.A. area. “And we wouldn’t want to do a digital character.”
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