Late last year, the Star Wars community tragically lost Carrie Fisher, who would have turned 61 today. Her costar and on-screen brother, Mark Hamill, took to Twitter to share a touching tribute to the actress.
The actor, who's known for using Twitter to joke with his fans, kept it short and simple with a photo of the two and the caption "#AlwaysWithUs."
The legacy that the actress left behind can't be understated, having inspired generations of women by playing the intelligent, resourceful and witty Princess Leia in a world dominated by male heroes. Additionally, Fisher was always candid about her struggles with depression, bipolar
Fisher's career in recent years was in no need of a revival, as she accomplished more in her years in Hollywood than others could only dream of achieving, but she still returned to the Star Wars saga to portray Leia Organa once again.
The upcoming The Last Jedi will mark the final time we'll get to see the character, as Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy has noted there are no plans to digitally inject the character into future films.
Director Rian Johnson recently spoke to Yahoo! about what the actress brought to the sequel.
“She was so conscious of the place that Leia had, not just broadly in the culture, but very specifically in terms of girls who grew up watching Star Wars when Leia was the only female hero on the screen,” Johnson shared. “She really wanted to do right by that, drawing the character forward. That was something that she would always be pulling us back to.”
Johnson noted that her contributions to the film weren't limited to her acting, as she'd also become an accomplished writer.
We'll see Fisher's final performance when The Last Jedi hits theaters December 15.