Film fans around the world were left devastated on December 27, 2016, when they learned of the death of Hollywood star Carrie Fisher. Thanks in part, of course, to her classic role as Star Wars’ Princess Leia Organa, Fisher earned an iconic status beyond that of her showbiz parents Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. Meanwhile, her work as a novelist created a different outlet for her talents and cemented her reputation as a refreshingly honest and open celebrity. This collection of pictures reminds us of the joy that one of Hollywood’s most beloved stars brought into the world.
20. Daddy and daughter
While her relationship with Darth Vader wasn’t exactly great, Leia here is at least having a bonding moment with her on-screen dad on the beach. Shot for Rolling Stone magazine in 1983, the snap also previewed the iconic gold bikini that Fisher would memorably wear in Return of the Jedi.
19. Don’t tell Han!
We all know, of course, that Han Solo was in love with Leia. However, it seems that Chewbacca also had a thing for the princess. In this photo, circa 1980, we see the Wookiee – played by Peter Mayhew – get a little too, um, hands-on with his best friend’s girl. Let’s hope Han never found out.
18. “I have a bad feeling about this”
It wasn’t just the Wookiee that Fisher liked to cosy up to on set, though. Indeed, here Princess Leia can be seen sharing a smooch with protocol droid C-3PO, played by actor Anthony Daniels. Following Fisher’s death, Daniels told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that the actress remains “a joy to remember.”
17. “Seriously, Mark – cut it out!”
By most accounts, by and large, Star Wars’ cast got on like a house on fire. That being said, Fisher doesn’t look too happy with co-star Mark Hamill – a.k.a. Luke Skywalker – playing with her hair here. In fact, it looks like he took their roles as squabbling brother and sister a little too much to heart.
16. A showbiz upbringing
Carrie Fisher’s death was shocking enough, but her mother Debbie Reynolds’ passing a day later added an even more tragic note to the news. However, shots like this – taken in 1972 when Fisher was only 15 – show the two in much happier times. Needless to say, they will both be sorely missed.
15. Feuding family
Though their relationship was loving, Fisher and Reynolds were known to spar professionally on occasion. Indeed, many have interpreted pushy parent Doris from Fisher’s semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge as being based on her own mother. And, perhaps tellingly, Reynolds apparently wanted to play the part in the book’s 1990 film adaptation.
14. “Life is like a box of chocolates”
Even Rebellion fighters need a break, and this shot sees Fisher and co-stars Hamill and Harrison Ford relaxing between scenes. Taken from Fisher’s personal collection – which she released in 2014 – this photo is great if only for Ford’s grouchy reaction to his sweet treat.
13. A close shave
While she may have had the best hairdos in the galaxy, Fisher wasn’t so good at styling other people, it seems. In fact, this photo – another from Fisher’s personal collection – sees her making a mess of Hamill’s stubble with her less-than-impressive shaving technique.
12. “Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?”
They may be the galaxy’s most feared soldiers, but Fisher clearly couldn’t help having fun with these two Stormtroopers on the set of Empire Strikes Back. In fact, given their infamously terrible blaster accuracy, perhaps she’s wondering if they’ll be able to hit her even at such a close range.
11. “We’re on a mission from God”
Besides working on Star Wars, Carrie Fisher also starred alongside John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in 1980’s The Blues Brothers. Nonetheless, the part could have been her last. During a 2011 visit to Dragon Con, Fisher revealed that Aykroyd had to perform the Heimlich maneuver on her after she choked on a Brussels sprout off set.
10. No bridge over troubled water
Although Aykroyd proposed to Fisher while filming The Blues Brothers, the actress eventually married musician Paul Simon in 1983. However, the pair – seen here with Simon’s former musical partner Art Garfunkel, right – had a tempestuous relationship and separated after less than a year of marriage.
9. “Who’s scruffy-looking?”
Unlike many stars in Hollywood, Fisher was unafraid to say what she really thought. As a result, she gained a reputation as one of Tinseltown’s feistiest actresses. Yes, she wasn’t scared to just speak her mind – as this explosive 2013 shot from Germany clearly shows.
8. Smoke and mirrors
To any kids reading, we cannot stress this enough: smoking is, of course, a nasty habit. Indeed, it’s expensive, it’s smelly, and it’s terrible for your health. However, we have to admit that Fisher looks effortlessly cool while puffing on this e-cigarette in 2011. And we’d finally managed to quit…
7. A friend to animals
During her final years, Fisher was seldom seen without her French bulldog Gary – a constant companion, not to mention an emotional aid to help her deal with her bipolar disorder. This early shot of the star shows that her love for dogs has in fact always been there as she plays with her pet Irish wolfhound.
6. My sweet Lourd
While Fisher adored her pet dogs, she of course reserved a greater love for her daughter Billie Lourd. Born in 1992, Billie was the actress’ only child and the product of her relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd. Here, a seven-year-old Billie shyly looks away as Fisher takes her to the premiere of Tarzan.
5. Like mother, like daughter
Now known in her own right as an actress who had a role in Scream Queens, Lourd is every bit as beautiful as her mother was. And what’s more, she seems to have inherited some of Fisher’s disarming honesty. “She told me to be true and kind and confident in yourself,” Lourd told Teen Vogue in 2016.
4. “The Empire will never find me here”
Who knew that Carrie Fisher always wanted to be on Sesame Street? Taken on the backlot of the Star Wars set, this photo sees a playful Fisher channeling her inner Oscar the Grouch by hiding in a trash can.
3. A good time had by all
By her own admission, Fisher was something of a party animal. While shooting Empire Strikes Back, she even came to the set hungover after a night out with the Rolling Stones. Indeed, this shot – taken with actor Buck Henry at LA’s Studio 5 – shows just how much fun the star could be.
2. Family came first
Though she had many friends in Hollywood, Fisher liked to keep her family close above all. Besides mother Debbie and daughter Billie, the actress also had a brother Todd, who works as a producer and cinematographer. Seen here at the 2015 SAG Awards, they certainly look like the perfect bunch.
1. A fond farewell
There are many words to describe Carrie Fisher: talented; iconic; honest. But, most of all, people remember her sense of humor – as evidenced by this gloriously cheeky 1980 photo shoot. Undoubtedly, she was one of a kind, and her mark on pop culture is most definitely assured.