The INSIDER Summary:
- Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd and George Lucas honored the actress who died last year at “Star Wars: Celebration” in Orlando, Florida Thursday.
- Lourd recounted three important lessons her mother taught her.
- Life should be funny.
- She also taught her the strongest person in the room can be the most vulnerable. That’s Fisher.
- Lourd also surprised fans by reciting her mother’s iconic Princess Leia hologram speech from “Star Wars.”
Carrie Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, gave a rousing tribute to Carrie Fisher at the first day of “Star Wars: Celebration” Thursday, the annual event to celebrate all things about a galaxy far, far away.
George Lucas and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy welcomed the crowd at Celebration before introducing Lourd.
“There are not very many people like her. They’re one in a billion,” Lucas told the crowd as photos of Fisher on set over the years went by on screen. “She wore a dress through the whole thing, but she was the toughest one of the group.”
“She’ll always be the princess who took command and never backed down, never was in jeopardy. She was always helping the other guys get out of the messes they created,” he added. “We’ll all love her forever and ever.”
The two then gave the stage to Lourd to say a few words about her mom. Lourd gave a touching speech about the “strong soldier of a woman” her mother was while wearing a dress inspired by Princess Leia’s iconic gown.
Much of the speech has been edited out of the live stream on “Star Wars” YouTube page. INSIDER pieced together most of it below from the “Star Wars” YouTube channel, the official “Star Wars” Periscope, and uploads of the speech online.
Here it is in full as complete as we could find it for now:
“My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began,” Lourd began. “She was imperfect in many ways but her imperfections and willingness to speak about them are what made her more than perfect. My mom, like Leia, wasn’t ever afraid to speak her mind and say things that might have made most people uncomfortable, but not me and not you. That was why she loved you, because you accepted and embraced all of her.”
“No one could have known what this once little dream of a movie would eventually become and what it would mean to millions worldwide. Mostly not her. But in our world ‘Star Wars’ ultimately became our religion, our family, and our way of life. And I wanted to be here with all of you because I know that many of you feel the same way. When she surrounded herself with fans at celebrations like this she never felt more at home. She could spend hours talking to people and … leaving the convention center having met and had a shared Carrie moment with every single person there. Nothing about her was a performance. She loved you. She loved these movies. She loved the people she got to make them with. And she loved this incredible character to got to create. This force called Leia.”
As you could hear Lourd get more emotional in the speech, the crowd cheered her to carry on.
“She [Fisher] taught me three important things,” Lourd continued. “One thing all mothers should teach their daughters.”
Lourd paused and took a deep breath before surprising the crowd with a recitation of her mother’s iconic dialogue from “Star Wars.” It’s the speech that plays from the hologram asking Obi-Wan Kenobi for help.
General Kenobi, years ago you served my father in the Clone Wars. Now, he begs you to help him in his struggle against the Empire. I regret that I am unable to present my father’s request to you in person, but my ship has fallen under attack, and I’m afraid my mission to bring you to Alderaan has failed. I have placed information vital to the survival of the Rebellion into the memory system of this R2 unit. My father will know how to retrieve it. You must see this droid safely delivered to him on Alderaan. This is our most desperate hour. Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.
After applause from the crowd, Lourd continued to tell the crowd the other two lessons from the late Fisher.
“Secondly, she taught me that if life isn’t funny then it’s just true. And that is unacceptable,” she said. “And, finally, I learned by knowing her that the most evolved person is seemingly a contradiction. They are both the strongest and the most vulnerable person in the room, and that was her. That is Leia. Thank you for loving her and carrying on what she stands for. I’m beyond grateful.”
Peter Sciretta over at Slashfilm captured the latter part of Lourd’s speech on video. You can check it out below:
— Peter Sciretta (@slashfilm) April 13, 2017
After Lourd walked off stage, a tribute to Fisher began playing on screen that you can check out below:
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