Fans Launch Petition to Make Carrie Fisher's Princess Leia a Disney Princess
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She already ruled that galaxy far, far away. But can she be a princess for Disney, too?
Disney owns Lucasfilm, the company behind the Star Wars juggernaut, and the petition states its case for the bid, saying: “After the tragic loss of Carrie Fisher, we feel that it is only fitting for Disney to do away with the rule that an official Disney princess must be animated and make Leia a full-fledged princess. This would be a wonderful way to remember Carrie and a welcoming to one of Disney’s new properties that is beloved by millions.”
It adds: “What we are asking is that the Walt Disney Corporation hold a full ceremony inducting Leia as the newest Disney princess as well as a special service in memory of Carrie Fisher.”
The petition has now garnered over 55,000 supporters,
Fisher died on Dec. 27 at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack four days earlier during a plane ride from London to Los Angeles. Her mother, legendary Singin’ in the Rain star Debbie Reynolds, died the following day of an apparent stroke at the age of 84.
On Thursday, an intimate memorial was held for Fisher at her Beverly Hills home to celebrate the actress’ life and legacy, attended by family members including Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd, Fisher’s brother Todd and her half-sisters Joely and Tricia Leigh, and Billie’s father, Bryan Lourd. Guests also included Meryl Streep, Penny Marshall, Meg Ryan, Richard Dreyfuss, Buck Henry, Candice Bergen, George Lucas and Gwyneth Paltrow.
According to a family friend, “Billie wanted the people her mother loved to gather in that living room one last time.”
On Friday, a funeral service for Reynolds will take place at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angeles. She will be buried with some of her daughter’s ashes.