Press: Carrie Fisher to Receive Hollywood Walk of Fame Star

Thursday, Jun 17, 2021

YAHOO LIFE: For many in showbiz, it’s seen as the true mark of their legacy as entertainers. Nope, not talking about Oscars or Grammys. We’re talking about a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And although she’s sadly not here to see it, at long last, Carrie Fisher will receive hers. The news came from the official Walk of Fame website, which revealed its inductees for 2022. We think it’s high time that the writer, actress, Princess freakin’ Leia icon finally got her star.

It’s too early to say, but we imagine her daughter Billie Lourd will speak at the induction ceremony. And we’d like to think the man who called her “space sis,” Mark Hamill, could also be on hand. Honestly, everyone involved with the original Star Wars saga should be there. What would Star Wars even be without our Princess/Jedi/General? It wouldn’t be nearly as great, that’s what. And George Lucas would be the first to tell you that.

For many in showbiz, it’s seen as the true mark of their legacy as entertainers. Nope, not talking about Oscars or Grammys. We’re talking about a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. And although she’s sadly not here to see it, at long last, Carrie Fisher will receive hers. The news came from the official Walk of Fame website, which revealed its inductees for 2022. We think it’s high time that the writer, actress, Princess freakin’ Leia icon finally got her star.

It’s too early to say, but we imagine her daughter Billie Lourd will speak at the induction ceremony. And we’d like to think the man who called her “space sis,” Mark Hamill, could also be on hand. Honestly, everyone involved with the original Star Wars saga should be there. What would Star Wars even be without our Princess/Jedi/General? It wouldn’t be nearly as great, that’s what. And George Lucas would be the first to tell you that.

Carrie Fisher isn’t the only Star Wars actor getting a star on the Walk of Fame in 2022. Ewan McGregor is also slated to receive his, probably around the time that the Obi-Wan Kenobi series premieres on Disney+. (Walk of Fame ceremonies often tie into a recipient’s next big project.) Below is the complete list of 2022 inductees. You just might know a few of these names.

Film: Francis Ford Coppola, Macaulay Culkin, Willem Dafoe, Salma Hayek, James Hong, Helen Hunt, Michael B. Jordan, Regina King, Ray Liotta, Ewan McGregor, Adam McKay, Jason Momoa, Tessa Thompson.

Television: Byron Allen, Greg Berlanti, Ricky Gervais, Peter Krause, Bob Odenkirk, Holly Robinson-Peete, Norman Reedus, Tracee Ellis Ross, Jean Smart, Ming-Na Wen, and Kenan Thompson.

Music: Black Eyed Peas, George E. Clinton Jr., Ashanti Douglas, DJ Khaled, Avril Lavigne, Los Huracanes Del Norte, Martha Reeves, and Ermias “Nipsey Hussle” Asghedom (posthumous)

Theater: Patti Lupone, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr. and Angelica Vale

Gallery: Talk Show Section Added

Friday, Apr 16, 2021

I have added a talk show section to the gallery with all of the stills I could find. Sadly, a lot of her earlier appearances aren’t available but I added what I had. I will add screencaps when I can.



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Live Performances and Documentaries > Talk Shows

Press: Star Wars: Billie Lourd Gets The Perfect Leia Sendoff In Rise Of Skywalker

Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

Billie Lourd, the daughter of the later Carrie Fisher, was beautifully involved in Leia’s final sequence during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

Warning: SPOILERS ahead for Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.

SCREENRANT – Billie Lourd’s Star Wars character is involved in Leia Organa’s final moments, giving the character’s death a deeper significance during Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. Lourd is the daughter of Carrie Fisher, the beloved actress behind the role of Princess Leia. Fisher reprised her iconic role starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but the actress tragically passed away before the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Lourd’s appearance in 2015’s The Force Awakens marked her first official acting gig. She played the role of Lieutenant Kaydel Ko Connix, a member of the Resistance who worked closely with General Leia Organa. That same year, Lourd acquired her first TV gig with Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. Lourd reprised her role as Lieutenant Connix for The Last Jedi before appearing in multiple seasons of American Horror Story and the film, Booksmart. The actress may not have had the most prominent role in The Rise of Skywalker but she was tasked with one of the most heart-wrenching moment

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Press: How J.J. Abrams Pulled Off Carrie Fisher’s CGI Flashback in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker

Thursday, Jan 9, 2020

ESQUIRE – Next to the Death Star run, Star Wars: Rogue One almost had the best ending of any Star Wars story. After a tragic-but-beautiful ending for Jyn Erso and friends, we finally got to see Darth Vader go beast mode on a bunch of tiny, non-force-using dudes.

But, in one odd moment, Rogue One ends with a Leia Organa cameo that feels a little off. The filmmakers CGI-pasted ’80s-era Carrie Fisher on a double’s face, and the results are what you’d expect: A weird, glossy sheen on Leia’s face, and buggy eyes that look taken from a poorly-rendered video game cutscene.

Thankfully, among Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’s imperfections, trying some CGI buffoonery to recreate the departed Carrie Fisher was not one of them. Director J.J. Abrams faced a very difficult challenge in concluding Leia Organa’s story after the tragic death of Carrie Fisher in December of 2016. Thankfully, the last film in the Skywalker Saga gives Leia Organa a solid ending, revealing that she was a lightsaber-wielding Jedi, and ended up giving her life to save her son, Ben Solo. We already know that the footage of older Leia was taken from unused footage from The Force Awakens—which is something that director J.J. Abrams recently spoke to Vanity Fair about:

“We weren’t going to recast, we couldn’t do a CG character,” Abrams said. “We looked at the footage we had not used in The Force Awakens, and we realized we had a number of shots that we could actually use. It was a bit like having a dozen pieces of a jigsaw puzzle and then having to make other pieces around it and paint a cohesive image from these separate pieces.”

Later in the Vanity Fair story, Abrams and The Rise of Skywalker’s visual effects team explain that they actually did the opposite of what Rogue One went for—they created a digital body for Leia, and kept her facial expressions the same. As the leader of the visual effects team, Roger Guyett, explained: “I always thought, when we were doing these shots, that everyone’s looking at her face. That was the thing that we held onto, and then we fixed everything else.”

But what about The Rise of Skywalker’s flashback scene, where we see Luke train Leia in lightsaber combat after the events of The Return of the Jedi? In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, The Rise of Skywalker’s co-writer, Chris Terrio, explained that the Episode IX crew raided the Lucasfilm archives—taking audio and images from The Return of the Jedi:

“We had all the audio that Leia says at our disposal, and of course, every word that she says on camera is really Carrie, Terrio said. “We also had access to the dailies from the original trilogy, and in the flashback of Luke and Leia, that image of Carrie comes from Return of the Jedi. So, we had access to everything in the archive, which turned out to be super helpful.”

Not to mention, the body stand-in for the flashback is none other than Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher’s daughter. Lourd already had a small part in the new trilogy as Lieutenant Connix, but The Rise of Skywalker’s filmmakers thought it would be especially fitting to have her stand in for her mother. Visual effects supervisor Patrick Tubach told Yahoo Entertainment:

“Billie was playing her mother,” Tubach said. “It was a poignant thing, and something that nobody took lightly — that she was willing to stand in for her mom.”

Leia’s story in The Rise of Skywalker is one of the real triumphs of Episode IX. And if the movie was to get anything right, it was giving our princess, our general a proper ending.

Three Years….

Friday, Dec 27, 2019

It’s been three years since the heartbreaking news that our Rebel Princess had left us. But it seems like there has been a repeat of that loss for two of the last three years. First, we saw her ‘last’ Star Wars film “The Last Jedi” and in it she flew into space, appearing to die. Gut-wrenching! Then she used the force to save herself. I still find myself getting choked up with the goodbye scene wIth General Holdo.

“So much loss,” Leia says at the prospect of losing yet another lifelong friend. “I can’t take any more.”

“Sure you can,” Holdo says, smiling sadly. “You taught me how.”

Then Carrie ended up appearing in The Rise of Skywalker. I was thrilled they used existing clips and not CGI. And her scenes definately tugged at my heart once again. I am not complaining that she continues to be in movies at all. But at the same time, each time seems like another goodbye. So maybe the answer is to never say goodbye to Carrie. After all, to quote Luke Skywalker, no one is ever really gone. #CarrieOnForever

Billie Lourd and the rest of Carrie’s family are in our thoughts today.