In the hours following Carrie Fisher’s death, social media was flooded with images of women around the world wearing costumes depicting Princess Leia, the iconic character she embodied.
Infants, teenagers and young adults all took to social media to describe what the fictional heroine — and the actress who played her — meant to them.
RIP Princess Leia. The first person I ever had a crush on. Here is my daughter dressed up like her pic.twitter.com/B8Vi33WRaF— Once A Runner (@coopercoach) December 27, 2016
Tina Fey, an outspoken Star Wars enthusiast and Carrie Fisher fan, once dressed as Leia in an episode of her series, 30 Rock.
"Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me," the former Saturday Night Live star told The Daily Beast in a statement. "Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about 60 percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie’s honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I’m very sad she is gone."
"Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter," Fisher’s mother, Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds, said in a statement of her own. "I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop."
Fisher, whose last film role was reprising Princess Leia in 2015’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, had reportedly filmed all of her scenes for the forthcoming Star Wars Episode VIII, which will premiere next Christmas, a source told Deadline.com.
Fisher reportedly had a much larger role in the forthcoming Star Wars chapter, a film that will also reportedly feature her daughter, Billie Lourd.
The source added that Fisher was expected to return for Star Wars Episode IX, which won’t begin production for another year and is slated for theatrical release in 2019.