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On May 4, Carrie Fisher will receive a Walk of Fame star


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Carrie Fisher receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, honoring one of the most beloved characters in the “Star Wars” franchise.

On Thursday, Fisher – who died in 2016 — joins “Star Wars” co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill on the Hollywood tourist attraction that recognizes celebrities from the film, television, music and other entertainment industries. The stars of the trio are all located on the 6,800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, near where the original film debuted in 1977.

Fisher played Leia Organa, who transformed from a princess to a general in six films, leading the forces of good in her battle against oppressive regimes seeking to control a galaxy far, far away. Billie Lourd will accept the star on her mother’s behalf.

Fans have long campaigned to give her a Walk of Fame star. The honor falls on May 4, essentially a public holiday for Star Wars fans, a play on a line Fisher often said in the movies: “May the Force be with you.”

Devotees around the world celebrate with a variety of tributes, while retailers sell special Star Wars merchandise.

The induction ceremony will take place at 11:30 a.m. Pacific and will be streamed live by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

Fisher receives the 2,754th star on the Walk of Fame. Ford received his star in 2003 and Hamill was honored in 2018.

Walk of Fame stars are given to artists who are nominated and a $75,000 fee is now required to create and keep the star.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.