Here Are the Best Carrie Fisher Tributes For ‘Star Wars’ Day
Happy May 4! Today is what’s known as Star Wars Day across social media platforms. Why? Because when you say, “May the fourth be with you” it sounds a lot like “May the force be with you,” a phrase closely aligned with the fantasy space franchise that now defines multiple generations.
As those familiar with the original trilogy know, actress Carrie Fisher, who portrayed Princess/General Leia, was the sole heroine, and helped to open doors for women both within the Star Wars films and beyond. Sadly, Fisher passed away in Dec. 2016, but many fans still dedicate this day to her. Here are some of the best tributes to her, as seen on social media.
This gem comes from Fisher’s own daughter
Though she has only just begun to make a name for herself in the industry, Fisher’s only child, actress Billie Lourd, has been famous by association her entire life. Lourd, whose father is talent agent Bryan Lourd, grew up as the daughter of a Star Wars legend and the granddaughter of beloved performer Debbie Reynolds, who passed away just one day after Fisher.
Understandably, the past few years haven’t been easy for Lourd. Though she appears to be moving forward with her life admirably, she, of course, still takes time to pay tribute to her late mother. She shared the above photo of herself and Fisher, even captioning it using emojis at Fisher often did.
And that’s not Lourd’s only recent Star Wars-inspired post. Actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in numerous films over the years, passed away on April 30, 2019. Lourd took to Twitter after his death was announced to share a series of photos of Mayhew and Fisher, including one in which Lourd herself makes an appearance.
Many others took to social media to share their own art, quotes, and favorite videos featuring the late Fisher. PeopleTV shared a clip from its 2017 Star Wars: The Last Jedi special, in which Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) and a few others spoke about the actress following her death.
In addition to Star Wars Day, it is also the beginning of Mental Health Awareness Month. Fisher, many may not know, dealt with bipolar disorder during her lifetime. She also struggled with addiction (which often comes hand-in-hand with mental illness). The actress and author was very vocal in talking about her diagnosis, courses of treatment, and much more — something that many still struggle to do, but which is incredibly important when it comes to education and normalization. One health professional took to Twitter to celebrate Fisher for these reasons.
Despite its popularity, Star Wars Day isn’t an official holiday. However, as Joonas Suotamo, who took over the role of Chewbacca from Mayhew in recent installments, shares that in California, where the new Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge attraction is about to open at Disneyland, it is now official — at least, to some degree. So celebrate as you will!