Following Carrie Fisher's death on Tuesday, fans and friends have been remembering the actress and writer for her far-reaching impact, from advocating for mental health to speaking out about sexism and ageism in the entertainment industry. But Fisher's most well-known cultural legacy is undoubtedly her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series.
Fisher, who passed away at age 60, auditioned for the part at only 19 years old. Footage of that audition, which she performed opposite co-star Harrison Ford, has been making the rounds online in light of this week's tragic news. In the clip, the actress embodies Princess Leia's confidence and the hope that good will overcome evil as she explains the Rebellion's plans to destroy the Death Star.
Ford, who went on to play Han Solo in the series, released a touching statement about Fisher after her death: "Carrie was one-of-a-kind … brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely." Star Wars creator George Lucas, meanwhile, said of the actress, "In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think."
Fisher reprised her iconic role in last year's Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but it won't be the last fans see of her as Leia. She reportedly finished filming her scenes for Star Wars: Episode VIII (opening in 2017) before her death.
Watch Fisher's original audition in the video below:
(H/T: E! Online)
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