We are now at the five-year anniversary of the passing of the great Carrie Fisher. The iconic actress died tragically on December 27, 2016, following an incident that happened on an airplane flight in which she lost consciousness. Her passing was something of a shock considering she was *only* 60 years at the time and was finishing a book tour. In honor of her passing, Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourde offered up an emotional tribute to her mother while also letting in on some of the struggles the latter has had with grief over the last half-decade.
The tribute to Carrie Fisher came via Billie Lourde’s Instagram account and was posted on Monday. It’s a picture from years ago when Lourde was still just a young child and it features her posing with her mother alongside a koala bear. The caption for the picture is a heartfelt tribute to Fisher as well as a look into what it is like to lose a parent, especially when the death is rather unexpected. Take a look at what Lourde posted about Carrie Fisher:
While the post clearly references Carrie Fisher and what it has been like for Billie Lourde to lose her mother, it is also translatable to anyone who has lost a loved one in really any fashion. Talking about grief as something of a platter of emotions that don’t all happen harmoniously is one way to sum up the pain and confusion around loss. It’s a beautiful sentiment and a reminder to everyone that it’s okay to feel many different things all at once.
Of course, Carrie Fisher is best known for playing Princess Leia in Star Wars films. Starting with Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, Fisher burst onto the scene in one of the most iconic roles to ever hit the big screen. Her calm and confident demeanor played perfectly against Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford and she was as big a reason as any for that first film’s success. She would go on to reprise the role in Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Then, when Star Wars finished off their third trilogy starting with Episode VII – The Force Awakens, Fisher was back in the role, this time as an aged resistance fighter. She was back again in The Last Jedi, one of her last credited roles before her passing.
Because Carrie Fisher passed away before the final installment, The Rise of Skywalker, unreleased footage from previous movies was used to recreate her character still being in the story. Ultimately, Leia dies in this movie while trying to connect with Adam Driver’s Kylo Ren, her son.
Carrie Fisher was known for much more than Star Wars though, an accomplished writer penning seven novels. Three were in the form of memoirs were intimate looks at her life and her struggles over the years with substance abuse, among other things. Meanwhile, her daughter Billie Lourde has gone on to have a successful acting career of her own, appearing in Star Wars and also starring in multiple seasons of American Horror Story.