Daughter’s tear-jerking tribute to Carrie Fisher

Billie Lourd pays tribute to her mother Carrie Fisher at the Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Picture: news.com.au

CARRIE Fisher’s daughter has made an emotional tribute to her mother in front of legions of fans at the official Star Wars convention.

Billie Lourd, who appeared alongside her mother in The Force Awakens, struggled to hold back tears as she spoke of her mother’s strengths and vulnerabilities at the start of the four-day Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida.

Star Wars mastermind George Lucas and Hollywood legend Harrison Ford made surprise appearances at the first event on Thursday, held to mark 40 years since the first movie in the sage hit cinemas.

But it was Fisher, who died unexpectedly in December, who leant the event extra emotional heft for fans.

Billie Lourd’s speech about her mother Carrie Fisher provided an emotional highlight to day one of the four-day Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Picture: news.com.au

Billie Lourd’s speech about her mother Carrie Fisher provided an emotional highlight to day one of the four-day Star Wars Celebration in Orlando, Florida. Picture: news.com.auSource:Supplied

Sometimes pausing and sighing heavily into the microphone to keep her emotions in check, Lourd’s speech in tribute to her mother was equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking.

“My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began,” Lourd said.

“She went from being an unknown actress, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, to Princess Leia, a character synonymous with the idea of the ultimate strong woman, a soldier, a fighter, a beyond-capable, independent, sensible woman in control of her own destiny, a rebel who resisted the norm.

“She was imperfect in many ways, but her imperfections and willingness to speak about them are what made her more than perfect.”

Carrie Fisher attends the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood in 2015. Picture: AFP/Getty Images North America/Ethan Miller

Carrie Fisher attends the premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in Hollywood in 2015. Picture: AFP/Getty Images North America/Ethan MillerSource:AFP

Lourd told the crowd of Star Wars fanatics that Fisher had a special understanding with them.

“My mom, like Leia, was never afraid to speak her mind and say things that might have made some people uncomfortable. But not me, and not you,” she said.

“That was why she loved you because you accepted and embraced all of her.

“The strong soldier of a woman she was and also the vulnerable side of her who often openly fought her own dark side, knowing early on that we all have a dark side of our own, whatever it may be.”

When discussing the things her mother had taught her, Lourd provided the highlight of her speech.

To the delight of fans, she launched into a word-perfect impression of her mother’s famous speech from the first move that ends in the immortal line “Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope”. The crowd loved it.

“I learnt by knowing her that the most evolved person is seemingly a contradiction,” Lourd said.

“They’re 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.”

Billie Lourd has followed her mother’s footsteps into an acting career. Picture: AFP/Valerie Macon

Billie Lourd has followed her mother’s footsteps into an acting career. Picture: AFP/Valerie MaconSource:AFP

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Picture: Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty Image

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Picture: Lucasfilm/Sunset Boulevard/Corbis via Getty ImageSource:Supplied

Lucas, who catapulted her into Hollywood immortality when he cast her as Princess Leia, said Fisher embodied everything the character represented: strength, humour and intelligence.

The director said she could more than hold her own against her co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill.

“She was a princess, she was a senator, she played a part that was very smart and she was having to hold her own against two big lugs, these goofballs that were screwing everything up.

“But she was the boss, it was her war and when I cast it I said I want somebody young to play the part, I want somebody very young, and when Carrie came in, she was that character, she was very strong, very smart, very funny, very bold, very tough, and you know, there really wasn’t much of a question. There are not very many people like her.

Carrie Fisher alongside her Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill (left) and Harrison Ford (right) in the original Star Wars movie. Picture: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment via AP

Carrie Fisher alongside her Star Wars co-stars Mark Hamill (left) and Harrison Ford (right) in the original Star Wars movie. Picture: Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment via APSource:AP

“There is one in a billion. And for this particular part, it was absolutely perfect because she could hold her own against anything.

“She wore a dress through the whole thing but she was the toughest one of the group. And that’s the key to Carrie being able to play that part. It was a hard part to play and she pulled it off brilliantly, and it really shows the level of her talent and at the same time she was fun to be with.

“But she was brilliant and obviously we’ll all miss her, but 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.”

Fans are expected to get the first look at next Star Wars movie, Episode XIII: The Last Jedi, on Friday when the Star Wars Celebration continues.

This reporter travelled to Orlando, Florida, courtesy of Disney

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