HOLLYWOOD, LOS ANGELES -- Carrie Fisher received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, a May the Fourth tribute to one of the "Star Wars" franchise's most beloved figures.
On Thursday, Fisher -- who died in 2016 -- joins "Star Wars" co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill on the Hollywood tourist attraction that recognizes luminaries from film, television, music and other entertainment industries. The trio's stars are all located on the 6,800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near where the original film debuted in 1977.
"Carrie was one of a kind who belonged to us all, whether we liked it or not," said Hamill during Thursday's ceremony. "She was our princess, damn it, and the actress who played her blurred into one gorgeous fiercely independent and ferociously funny, take-charge woman who took our collective breath away."
Fisher played Leia Organa, who over six films morphed from a princess to a general leading the forces of good in its fight against oppressive regimes aiming to control a galaxy far, far away. Billie Lourd accepted the star on behalf of her mother.
"My mom used to say you weren't actually famous until you became a Pez dispenser," said Lourd. "Well, people eat candy out of her neck every day. I say you're not actually famous until you get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame."
Lourd told the crowd she first understood her mom's "Star Wars" legacy the first time she went to ComiCon with her.
"I realized then that Leia is more than just a character, she's a feeling. She is strength, she is grace, she is wit, she is femininity at its finest. She knows what she wants and she gets it. My mom was glitter. She covered her world in it both literally and metaphorically. She left a mark of her sparkle on everyone she met."
Fans have long campaigned for her to receive a Walk of Fame star. The honor comes on May the Fourth, essentially an official holiday for Star Wars fans that's a play on a line that Fisher said often in the films, "May the Force be with you."
Devotees worldwide celebrated with a variety of tributes, while retailers held special sales on Star Wars merchandise.
Fisher was given the 2,754th star on the Walk of Fame. Ford received his star in 2003 and Hamill was honored in 2018.
"I'll never stop missing her but I'm so thankful we had her as long as we did," said Hamill.
Walk of Fame stars are given to performers who are nominated and a $75,000 fee is now required to create the star and maintain it.
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