Carrie Fisher Is Getting a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Star Wars Day 2023
If you’re like me, you might be surprised to learn that beloved actress/writer/mental health advocate Carrie Fisher has not yet been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But that will soon be rectified.
Fisher, who passed away Dec. 27, 2016, will be posthumously honored with a star on Thursday, May 4, 2023 — which is Star Wars Day, a fitting time to honor the legend who is most associated with her iconic role as Leia in that franchise’s original trilogy and its sequel films.
The unveiling of Fisher’s star will take place near the historic El Capitan Theatre, 6840 Hollywood Boulevard. Actress Billie Lourd will accept the honor on her late mother’s behalf at the May 4 ceremony, which begins at 11:30am Pacific Time/2:30pm Eastern Time. The event can be livestreamed exclusively at walkoffame.com.
“Fans will be over the moon to know that their favorite movie princess, Carrie Fisher, will be honored with her star on the iconic Hollywood Walk of Fame!” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, in a release.
“Carrie will join her Star Wars co-stars and fellow Walk of Famers Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford on this historic sidewalk. “I am happy to add, that her star is just a few feet away from the star of Mark Hamill and across the street from the star of her legendary mother, Debbie Reynolds.”
After this was first reported in Variety, Hamill posted a sweet message about his late friend on Twitter:
— Mark Hamill (@MarkHamill) April 24, 2023
Of course, Fisher did a lot more than just Star Wars to warrant this honor. Before the first entry in that series, she made her film debut in the classic Warren Beatty-led comedy Shampoo (1975). She also graced the big screen and displayed her comedic and dramatic range in hits like The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The ‘Burbs (1989) and When Harry Met Sally (1989), to name a few.
Her television credits included appearances on Laverne & Shirley, Sex and the City, The Big Bang Theory and 30 Rock, for which she received an Emmy nomination, and a recurring voice role on Family Guy.
Fisher was also a brilliant writer. Her bestselling, semi-autobiographical 1987 novel Postcards from the Edge netted her the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. She also wrote the screenplay for the novel’s Oscar-nominated 1990 film adaptation that starred Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep, for which she received a British Academy Film Awards nomination.
Other novels and memoirs followed: Delusions of Grandma, Surrender the Pink, The Best Awful, Wishful Drinking, Shockaholic and The Princess Diarist. Fisher performed her one-woman stage version of Wishful Drinking on Broadway, which went on to be filmed for HBO in 2010 and nominated for an Emmy.
As a renowned “script doctor,” Fisher worked on tightening up other people’s screenplays, as well. Among the scripts she helped improve were those for Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The Wedding Singer (1998) and many of the Star Wars films.
Carrie Fisher’s star is the 2,754th one to be added on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her equally famous parents have also been honored with stars.
Her father, singer Eddie Fisher, has two stars: one for Recording, at 6241 Hollywood Boulevard, and one for Television, at 1724 Vine Street. Both of his stars were given in a ceremony on Feb. 8, 1960.
Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, also has two stars: one for Motion Pictures, unveiled at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard in a Feb. 9, 1960, ceremony; and one for Live Performance, at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard, unveiled Jan. 13, 1997.
Carrie Fisher’s Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony can be livestreamed at walkoffame.com Thursday, May 4, 2023, beginning at 11:30am Pacific Time/2:30pm Eastern Time.
The third installment in the original Star Wars trilogy was originally released May 25, 1983, and can be seen on the big screen again starting in late April 2023.