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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Harrison Ford on former lover and co-star Carrie Fisher: ‘She was one-of-a-kind funny and emotionally fearless’

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as Princess Leia and Han Solo in Star Wars. Image: Star Wars
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford as Princess Leia and Han Solo in Star Wars. Image: Star Wars
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford lock lips in The Empire Strikes Back

David Wilcock

Hollywood superstar Harrison Ford has led tributes to Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who has died at the age of 60.

Ford, who appeared as Hans Solo opposite Fisher’s Princess Leia in four Star Wars films, hailed his co-star, saying: “We will all miss her.”

The Indiana Jones actor (74) said in a statement: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind ... brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless.

“She lived her life, bravely.”

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford lock lips in The Empire Strikes Back
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford lock lips in The Empire Strikes Back

Mark Hamill, who played the main role of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars alongside Fisher, tweeted: “No words #Devastated.”

Anthony Daniels, who played the android C3PO, said: “I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree.

“I didn’t. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.”

Billy Dee Williams, who starred as buccaneer turned resistance general Lando Calrissian in The Empire Strikes Back and Return Of The Jedi, said: “I’m deeply saddened at the news of Carrie’s passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!”

Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford kiss at Comic-Con International in San Diego last year (Invision/AP)
Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford kiss at Comic-Con International in San Diego last year (Invision/AP)

Fisher also lent her voice to the cartoon series Family Guy, playing the part of Angela, the overbearing brewery boss of main character Peter Griffin.

The show’s creator, Seth MacFarlane, said: “Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.”

Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, which now produces the Star Wars films, said: “Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence.

“Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia – she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally.”

Movie: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reunite in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
Movie: Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher reunite in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Irish star Sharon Horgan, who convinced Fisher to play the role of her mother-in-law on her sitcom Catastrophe, posted a tribute on Instagram.

“Carrie was my friend. It took me three series but I got her in the end. She was the most generous, fun, gifted, smart, kind, funny funny funny person I’ve ever met. She certainly wasn’t ready to go. I’m so glad we became pals. I’m so devastated at her loss. I want to write about her more but I can’t process yet,” she wrote.

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