Carrie Fisher will forever have a place in Disney history.
The late Star Wars actress was honored at D23 in Anaheim, California, on Friday, with the highest of Walt Disney honors: the Disney Legend Award.
Fisher’s 24-year-old daughter, Billie Lourd, penned a touching acceptance speech on her behalf. The actress was unable to attend the event due to scheduling conflicts, but the letter was read by Disney chairman Bob Iger.
“As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics,” Iger said as he read Lourd’s words aloud. “I was so obsessed with Ariel that I wanted to change my name. We went to Disneyland so much that I now realize she might have even loved it more than I did.”
“Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an amazing moment for her. She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would have been her ultimate dream,” the speech continued. “I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I am currently working on American Horror Story. I am beyond grateful to Mr. Iger and everyone at Disney for this incredible honor. Thank you again, and may the force be with you always.”
Mark Hamill, who was also a recipient of the award, also shared a sweet message about his Star Wars co-star.
“We loved each other and what a great thrill it was to come back in The Force Awakens, in that time in our lives,” the actor told the crowd. “There was a comfort level with each other. We could rely on each other, and there was a deep respect. If she were here, she would have flipped me the bird at least twice already.”
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Other “legends” honored included Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, the late Garry Marshall, Stan Lee and Julie Taymor.
Earlier this week, Fisher, who died unexpectedly at 60 in December 2016, earned a posthumous Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role on Catastrophe. The actress passed away after going into cardiac arrest while on a flight back to Los Angeles.
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