Carrie Fisher's Daughter Posts Heartwarming Tribute to Her Late Mom, Princess Leia, On 'Star Wars' Day
Well, folks, today is Star Wars Day, meaning that the fourth is with us, an important occasion not lost on Billie Lourd, the daughter of the late Carrie Fisher, famed for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the beloved franchise. In honor of the holiday, the 28-year-old actress, best known for her roles in 2019's Booksmart and Ryan Murphy horror series, Scream Queens, took to Instagram to share two sweet snaps of her 7-month-old son, Kingston Fisher Lourd Rydell, watching his grandma in action in one of the iconic films. Decked out in his finest Leia-inspired attire, Kingston Fisher rocked a getup including a space-buns-clad hat and a onesie emblazoned with Fisher's face, with Lourd captioning the adorable pics “may the fourth” spelled on in a variety of emojis.
However, this festive look is far from Kingston Fisher's only tribute to the late actress. Born last September, Lourd's son was named after his grandmother, a move her uncle, Todd Fisher, says is incredibly meaningful. “Billie has been known as Billie Lourd her whole life,” he said. "It is a very loving thing to give that homage back to Carrie."
First appearing onscreen as the iconic intergalactic princess in 1977, Fisher captivated audiences as Princess Leia, appearing in six of the franchise's films, including 2019's Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker via archive footage and virtual effects. Lourd also appeared in the latter film, portraying a young version of her mother's beloved character in a flashback. The iconic actress passed away at the age of 60 in 2016, of a heart attack, or as she requested her obituary read in her 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking, “drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
Seemingly also in commemoration of Star Wars Day, Lourd teamed up with the Child Mind Institute, a non-profit aimed at assisting children with mental health and learning struggles, sending a powerful message to those who have lost someone close to them.
"As any of you who have lost a loved one know, it can make you feel extremely alone, but I'm here to tell you that you're not," Lourd explained. "Grief has become even more universal during this unprecedented and awful year and more people than you realize might be going through exactly what you're going through." She finished her heartfelt message by encouraging those struggling to seek help. “Don't isolate and stay in your head, reach out to your loved ones and friends,” she said. "Find a support group online. Talk to a therapist."
So folks, Happy Star Wars Day! As Leia once said herself, may the force be with you.
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