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Mark Hamill pays respect to Carrie Fisher

Mark Hamill pays respect to Carrie Fisher

"Being a Disney princess and a Disney Legend would have been her ultimate dream".

The award is the highest honour The Walt Disney Company can award an individual, and Carrie's 24-year-old daughter accepted the award on her behalf by penning a touching tribute - which was read out by Disney's chairman Bob Iger.

Whoopi Goldberg was named the "surprise" Disney Legend Friday at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, and she had some surprising things to say about the most infamous film in the studio's history. "But, she would also want us to be having a good time and not be sad". Iger even teased the newly announced Star Wars Lands, which will be opening in 2019 so that "you can experience life in the Star Wars universe".

The D23 paid homage to Winfrey and her long history of work in the movies and television. "Star Wars" creator George Lucas and Johnny Depp were among the Disney Legends inductees in 2015.

"Disney and I go way back, since I was a little kid, I mean way back", Goldberg said.

Oprah Winfrey, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Stan Lee, Julie Taymor, and other remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy were honored as official Disney Legends during D23 Expo 2017.

And one day later, Billie Lourd shared a sweet picture of her mom and her late grandmother Debbie Reynolds from a childhood trip to Disneyland. "I loved her and we were like siblings". Iger read out a letter from her daughter, the actress Billie Lourd, who is now filming the FX series "American Horror Story".

"The super cool space sis I have in Carrie Francis Fisher. We'd have huge fights - 'You're such a phony!' - but we loved each other".

"I know if she were here this morning she would have flipped me the bird at least twice already".

Fans will get to see Fisher's final performance when The Last Jedi lands in theaters December 15.


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