Carrie Fisher Is Getting A Star On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame

Carrie Fisher will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on May the fourth.

By Jonathan Klotz | Updated

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When Carrie Fisher passed away in 2016, she left behind a legacy of work that can be appreciated through generations, and now, she’s receiving an honor that will last just as long. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which oversees the Walk of Fame, Fisher will receive a star on the most famous sidewalk on the planet later this year on a very fitting day. It’ll be on May fourth when her daughter, Billie Lourd, accepts the honor in her mother’s memory, and there’s no day better to pay respects to a science fiction trailblazer than on Star Wars Day.

Born into show business, Carrie Fisher was the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, debuting in the comedy Shampoo at 17 in 1975, starring opposite Warren Beatty and Goldie Hawn. Two years later, one of the greatest roles in history was given life when Fisher put her hair up in the classic buns and portrayed Princess Leia for the first time in Star Wars: A New Hope. The role would go on to define the rest of her career, for better or for worse.

Over the following decade, Carrie Fisher had other roles in Blues Brothers as Dan Akyrod’s ex-girlfriend, the classic romantic comedy When Harry Met Sally, and co-starring with Tom Hanks in The ‘Burbs. Not content with appearing in movies every year, the multi-talented star turned to writing, penning her first novel, Postcards from the Edge, which satirized her life and battle with addiction. Meryl Streep, Shirley McClaine, and Dennis Quaid starred in the film version released a few years later, in 1990.

Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill in Star Wars: A New Hope

That wasn’t the only film that would benefit from Carrie Fisher’s writing talents, as she also worked on Lethal Weapon 3, Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer, Last Action Hero, Sister Act, and the Sylvester Stallone classic, Stop or My Mom Will Shoot, proving no one’s perfect. Despite the setback, Fisher had a second career as a premier scriptwriter in Hollywood, punching up existing scripts and improving every project she touched. In 2004, the star said she had stopped working on scripts, but she never stopped working.

Fans were excited when it was announced that Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, and Harrison Ford would return to Star Wars for the sequel trilogy. Reprising her role as Leia Organa, Fisher went from portraying one of the strongest damsels in distress to a woman that was now actively leading the Rebellion against the First Order. The evolution from a metal bikini to her general’s regalia makes Leia one of the best characters in movie history, and none of that would have been possible without the star’s incredible talent.

Billie Lourd is carrying on her family’s legacy, starring most recently in Ticket to Paradise with Julia Roberts and George Clooney as the scene-stealing roommate of their daughter. A star in her own right, she stood in for Carrie Fisher on the set of Rise of Skywalker following her mother’s passing and has been a major part of the American Horror Story franchise for the past few entries, in addition to starring in Olivia Wilde’s Booksmart. The world is a better place for having had Fisher in it; through her work and her only daughter, her legacy will live on for generations.