When a beloved celebrity dies, it’s only natural look to the past to find and share your favorite moments featuring the star. With Carrie Fisher’s death rocking the world, fans have taken to posting images, interviews, quotes and more featuring the iconic actress. Among the videos being shared is some vintage footage shot during her audition for the role that would make her a star: Star Wars’ Princess Leia Organa.
Though the video is not a new discovery, it’s found new life online in the wake of Fisher’s passing, as fans have begun to share it across social media as a form of celebration for the actress’ career. The footage shows a then-teenaged Fisher reading her “Star Wars: A New Hope” lines with eventual co-star Harrison Ford. Even in the raw, fuzzy film, you can see her Princess Leia taking shape as a competent, confident character, years before audiences would be introduced to the iconic hero.
Following a a heart attack the week before, Carrie Fisher passed away Monday, Dec. 27. She was 60 years old. “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Fisher’s family’s official statement read in part. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia on “Star Wars,” the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher rose to fame with the release of the classic sci-fi film, but also became well known for her semi-autobiographical novels, including “Postcards from the Edge,” and for her career as one of Hollywood’s top script doctors, polishing screenplays for such films as “Hook,” “Lethal Weapon 3,” “Sister Act,” “Scream 3” and the “Star Wars” prequels.
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