Harrison Ford visit, Fisher tribute launch Star Wars event

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The panel ended on a somber note, with Lucas and Kennedy memorializing Carrie Fisher, who was also honored by her daughter Billie Lourd, with a film reel of Fisher's work on the Star Wars films, accompanied live by Oscar victor John Williams leading the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra.

The video tribute echoes that theme, tracing Fisher's career in the many "Star Wars" movies. The voice for Princess Leia, played in the movies by Carrie Fisher, will be supplied by Shelby Young following Fisher's sudden death of a heart attack in December.

Bradford Hornsby is an editor, music writer, web producer, and pop culture blogger for CBS stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. She went from being an unknown actress, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, to Princess Leia - a character synonymous with the idea of the ultimate strong woman.

Star Wars stars - and throngs of fans - have descended on Orlando, Florida to take part in Star Wars Celebration. "She played a part that was very smart, and she had to hold her own against two big lugs, two big goofballs". They are both the strongest and most vulnerable person in the room - and that was her and that was Leia.

Star Wars fangirls have dependably had confidence in the Force, however the Force puts stock in them. "When she surrounded herself by fans at Celebrations like this, she never felt more at home".

"My mom used to say she never knew where Princess Leia ended and Carrie Fisher began", Lourd said onstage. And she loved this force called Leia.

The footage takes us on a sweet journey spanning several years of Fisher's life, from her start in the #StarWars franchise up to 2016.

You'll want to grab the whole box of tissues for this one.

To end the Carrie Fisher tribute, a curtain parted on the side of the stage to reveal the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by legendary film composer John Williams.

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