May the Fourth — the fan-anointed celebration of all things from that galaxy far, far away — proved to be a bittersweet day as many paid tribute to the late actress on Twitter, calling out her irreplaceable moxie and wit, and acknowledging the lasting power of the character who came to both define and transcend her: Princess Leia.
Star Wars Day comes less than a month after fans converged in Orlando for the highly touted Star Wars Celebration, where beloved friends and family — including Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, George Lucas and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd — remembered the actress, who died on Dec. 27 after suffering a heart attack on a Los Angeles-bound flight.
This past weekend, a poignant joint tombstone for Fisher and her mother, Debbie Reynolds, was unveiled at Hollywood’s Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Reynolds — who died of a stroke at age 84 on Dec. 28, a day after Fisher passed away at age 60 — was laid to rest in January next to some of her daughter’s ashes, which were placed in an urn shaped like a giant Prozac pill.
Fisher and her mother were honored at a public memorial on March 25 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park organized by Reynolds’ son, Todd Fisher. It included an original tribute song written by James Blunt, along with speeches from friends and family members.