On December 27, 2016, the world learned that legendary actress Carrie Fisher — known to millions for her role as Princess Leia/General Leia Organa in the Star Wars franchise — had died after suffering from a heart attack while traveling. Fisher was first introduced as Princess Leia in 1977’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. The daughter of screen icon Debbie Fisher, Carrie was destined for greatness and her life was one of great achievement, but also great struggle.
It has been five years since the world lost Carrie Fisher — and her mother Debbie Reynolds one day later — and her daughter, Billie Lourd, recently took to Instagram to honor her mother on the anniversary of her death.
💞🐨💞 People always ask me what stage of grief I’m in. And my answer is never simple. I’m in a different stage of grief in each moment of every day. My grief is a multi course meal with many complicated ingredients. An amuse bouche of bargaining followed by an anger appetizer with a side of depression, acceptance for the entree and of course a little denial for dessert. And that’s how grief should be – all things all at once – actually there is no “should” in grief – grief just is whatever it is for you and that is how it “should be”. Ps for anyone wondering why I’m posting this on the 26th it’s the 27th here down unda (aka Tomorrowland) so what better thing to post for my Momby’s Australian death anniversary (4 words I never thought I’d be putting next to each other?!?) than this picture of her and I with a koala!? ❤️sending my love to anyone out there who needs it 💕ℹ️ Ⓜ️ℹ️💲💲 🌱🅾️⛎ Ⓜ️🅾️Ⓜ️🅱️🌱💕
Before her mother passed, Lourd was able to act alongside her, with Lourd taking on the role of Lieutenant Connix in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens (2015), and Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017). While Fisher was technically in Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise of Skywalker, archival footage was used to help honor the actress and bring her role to a close.
Star Wars star Mark Hamill — who played Luke Skywalker, brother of Leia — also paid tribute to Carrie Fisher on his Twitter account.
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2021
Since her mother’s passing, Lourd has starred in Billionaire Boys Club, American Horror Story, Booksmart, Will & Grace, and is currently filming Ticket to Paradise.