(Los Angeles) Actress Carrie Fisher, who played Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, received a posthumous star in Los Angeles on Thursday, in a ceremony clouded by a dispute within her family.
The actress, who died in 2016 following a heart attack, was honored on the famous Hollywood Boulevard “Walk of Fame” by her daughter Billie Lourd, on the occasion of May 4. A day that has established itself over the years in the United States as “Star Wars Day” celebrated by fans of the franchise created by George Lucas.
While the actress’ daughter wore a Princess Leia dress, other family members were conspicuously absent: Carrie Fisher’s brother, Todd, and half-sisters Joely and Tricia. Leigh, weren’t invited.
“To be left out of this special day is really hurtful,” Todd Fisher told the TMZ gossip site.
The sisters denounced a “deeply shocking” omission on Instagram.
A decision perfectly assumed by Billie Lourd. “We have no relationship,” Carrie Fisher’s daughter told The Hollywood Reporter, accusing the actress’ siblings of profiting from her mother’s death by pulling out books and granting multiple interviews” to the American press.
“The truth about my mother’s very complicated relationship with her family is known only to me and those who were actually close to her,” she added.
The campaign to give Carrie Fisher a star had been going on for years: fans complained that her male colleagues Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker in the saga) and Harrison Ford (Han Solo) had long since secured their awards on Hollywood Boulevard.
The actress “was our princess, dammit,” Mr. Hamill gushed at the ceremony Thursday, paying tribute to his “beloved space twin” alongside robots R2-D2 and C3PO, popularized by the intergalactic soap opera.
Carrie Fisher, whose first screen role came as a teenager in Hal Ashby’s 1975 satire Shampoo, played Leia in six films, beginning with Star Wars: Episode IV (1977).
She appeared posthumously in Star Wars: Episode IX (2019).
The actress joins more than 2,000 big names in film, television and music who have stars encrusted on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and surrounding streets.