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A Star Is (Re)Born For Carrie Fisher?

Carrie Fisher

A Star For Fisher

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back
Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back

The late Carrie Fisher, known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, was brought up into a real-life star saga last week. President Trump, oddly enough, started the whole thing. A proposal was brought to the council of The City of West Hollywood for the president’s star to be removed from Hollywood Walk of Fame. Mr. Trump originally received this star in 2007 for his work on The Apprentice and Miss Universe. The president’s support of anti-minority policies sparked the proposal. The city council unanimously voted in favor of the removal. This left a possible new space for a star. Consequently, Mark Hamill (aka Luke Skywalker) suggested that they should make Fisher’s much-overdue star a replacement. 

Carrie Fisher at arrivals for BRIGHT LIGHTS: STARRING CARRIE FISHER AND DEBBIE REYNOLDS Premiere at the 54th New York Film Festival, Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, New York, NY October 10, 2016. Photo By: Derek Storm
Photo By: Derek Storm

The saga continues this week with William Shatner, famed for playing the original Captain Kirk from Star Trek.  He expressed surprise at the lack of Fisher on the fame walkway. He agreed with the good idea and wondered how they could get a star for Fisher. Seeing the discussion, fans replied with possible placement ideas (like next to her mother Debbie Reynolds) and funding schemes for the star. Shatner, showing his seriousness about the task, responsibly pressed the need for getting the family’s permission before taking any action. Furthermore, there is a mandatory five-year period between the death of the nominee and and a posthumous star placement. Fisher’s death was on December 27th, 2016, thus not even getting to two years. Unfortunately, this means that Fisher’s star will have to wait a while even with the best of efforts behind it.

In A Future Far, Far Away

Either way, the whole thing really showcased how actors are willing to support each other. The occasional rivalry between Star Wars and Star Trek fans is pretty notorious. Thus, there is something extra nice about seeing these actors act as big sci-fi family. Overall, It was hard losing Fisher and it would be great to honor her. 


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Camille McIntyre

By day, Camille is an animal caretaker at a museum. By night, she is a prolific explorer of the fantastical. Whether it is built with ink, pixels, or hyperbole, she visits new worlds with feverish persistence and a keen eye for detail. If needed, Camille can be found in a place far, far away on a dark and stormy night, asking all the wrong questions as she finishes her journey there and back again.

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