Dedicated, in Memory!
It was a great surprise to see Princess Leia in the last scene of Rogue One on Christmas Day. It also brought a prayer to my heart for Carrie Fisher who had just suffered a heart attack upon arrival at LAX. In honor of Ms. Fisher, I am dedicating my blog to her. Star Wars is Oz. Leia is Dorothy and has as much to do with why I started the blog in the first place. Thank you, Carrie, for realizing and owning her as Princess Leia, a new hero for all little girls on the planet. The Source, the power, is within us.
From the beginning of the Star Wars phenomenon back in 1977 the movie became my new “Oz” model, Carrie became Dorothy transformed as Princess Leia. We are introduced to her in dramatic fashion when she appears in a fog aboard her star ship, deposits an object into R2D2, then retreats until storm troopers find her while she fearlessly fights them off with her weapon until subdued. She has set the trilogy in motion.
Of all the main characters, it is Leia that has the smarts and courage to lead the rebel forces. Little girls all over the planet were given a new role model. My Dorothy was all grown up fighting new battles against the Imperial Army along with her rag tag rebel fighters. Like Ray Bolger, Scarecrow of the original Oz said, “we didn’t get residuals, just immortality.”
Carrie will live in esteem honor forever. Of course, her legacy goes way beyond Star Wars. But this, like Oz, will be her Dorothy, over the rainbow, out there in space. Anything she did, everything she said was full of humor and insights. Her books, her plays, her acting roles all showed her diverse talents. Outspoken, she never veered away from speaking her truth. Living her life under the shadows of her famous parents may have deterred many, but not Carrie. She embraced life, overcame addiction and found her own voice. She was quick witted and never at a loss for words. That’s what I loved about her, whether as herself, Carrie, or as the wise witted Princess Leia. A favorite quote of Ms. Fisher is, “Instant gratification takes too long.” I hope she knows she gave us the gratification we needed, when we needed it, by way of the Hero Princess or her own humor.
On Demand HBO is offering, for free, her award winning stage performance of “Wishful Drinking.” There is a special moment at the end when she talks about hearing angels sing. Don’t miss it!
I would be remiss to not also honor her mother, Debbie Reynolds, who I grew up watching on television with my mom. Her musical talents, her perky innocence, and, of course, public life, kept her in the news. She was also a huge collector of Hollywood memorabilia and continued stage performing until recently. An amazing mother/daughter duo, Debbie knew they were a team and with great faith, her son, Todd, said she made a conscious decision to be with Carrie. Even in sorrow, I am inspired by the outpouring of love. Tributes here from social media and my home town Space Needle, lit up like a light saber.
In an interview last year Fisher said, “I carry her around, and I know her better than anybody else and we wear the same clothes a lot of times,” “She’s mine. She’s mine!” In “The Force Awakens” she showed just how much she embodied Leia as she reprised the role. Yes, she is yours Carrie and always will be. You are my Dorothy, reborn as Princess Leia. Goodbye sweet Princess! Somewhere over the Rainbow, in a galaxy far, far away, the Source is with you!