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Leia Organa
Biographical information
Homeworld

Alderaan (born on Polis Massa)[1]

Born

Nineteen years before the Battle of Yavin

Physical description
Species

Human[1]

Gender

Female[1]

Height

1.5 meters[1]

Hair color

Brown[2]

Eye color

Brown[2]

Chronological and political information


Affiliation
"The last royal of Alderaan must be too strong to cower. Too certain to despair. And more than that, General, she must be too stubborn to quit if her subjects―and her culture―are to survive."
―Leia Organa[src]

Leia Organa, a Force sensitive human female, was the daughter of fallen Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala of Naboo. Her mother died in labor and her father, the now-Sith Lord Darth Vader, thought Leia and her twin brother Luke Skywalker to be dead, and so Leia was adopted by Viceroy Bail Organa and Queen Breha of Alderaan, where she was raised as a princess of the House of Organa. Eventually, she became a senator of the Imperial Senate, but also a key member of the Alliance to Restore the Republic.

During the Galactic Civil War, Organa was entrusted with the recently-stolen plans of the Death Star when she was captured over Tatooine, but not before transmitting the plans to an astromech droid, R2-D2, and sending him to meet Jedi Master Ben Kenobi. On the Death Star, Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin forced Organa to disclose the location of the rebel base and had Alderaan destroyed. Awaiting for her execution, she was rescued by Kenobi, Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, and toegether they brought the plans to the rebel base on Yavin 4, where the Battle station was destroyed by Skywalker. In the aftermath, Organa enlisted the help of Evaan Verlaine and R2-D2 for a mission to protect all surviving Alderaanians from the Empire's hunt.

During the following years, Organa would continue to assist the Rebellion in missions such as Cymoon 1, and overseeing operations in places such as the Redemption, or Echo Base on Hoth, where the Rebellion was forced to evacuate the planet. Organa left aboard the Millennium Falcon, escaping the Imperial fleet to reach Cloud City on Bespin to repair the Falcon with the help of Lando Calrissian. However, Calrissian betrayed them to Vader, leading to Solo's capture and to Organa to realise her love for him. With the exception of Solo, Organa and her companions managed to escape and rescue Skywalker after his duel with Vader, only to join with the Rebel fleet on the Falcon.

Organa aided in the successful rescue of Solo from Jabba the Hutt, just in time to join the Battle of Endor, where Organa fought alongside Solo and Chewbacca on the forested moon to destroy the shield generator protecting the second Death Star. During the campaign, Organa learned that Vader was her father, and Skywalker her brother.

BiographyEdit

Pre-birthEdit

"There is another Skywalker."
―Serenity[src]

During the Clone Wars, Jedi Master Yoda set out on a journey to discover the secrets of immortality. His journey took him to Moraband, the ancient Sith homeworld, where he faced visions of the future. At the end of his journey, the Force Priestess, Serenity, who guided his journey told him that there was another Skywalker, and Yoda heard his voice from the future say so as well.[6] These events not only alluded to the birth and destiny of Leia's twin brother, Luke Skywalker, but to what Yoda would tell Skywalker about Leia in his last words, before his death.[4]

Early lifeEdit

"It's a girl."
"Leia."
―Obi-Wan Kenobi and Padmé Amidala[src]
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Leia as an infant.

Leia Organa was born on the asteroid of Polis Massa[7] two days after the end of the Clone Wars and the newly-established Galactic Empire's purge of the Jedi Order.[8] She and her twin brother Luke, who was born shortly before her, were the children of Galactic Republic Senator Padmé Amidala, who died in labor, and Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, who had recently fallen to the dark side of the Force. To protect the children from the Empire and the now-Sith Lord Darth Vader, Senator Bail Organa agreed to adopt the infant Leia together with his wife, Queen Breha of Alderaan, while Obi-Wan Kenobi personally watched over Luke, who would live with their father's stepbrother Owen Lars and his wife Beru, on the planet Tatooine.[7]

Raised in the Royal Family of Alderaan, Leia adopted the last name Organa. Although it was common knowledge that she was adopted,[9] she remained unaware of her biological parents' fates.[7] She was, however, left with a lasting impression of images and feelings of her that her brother did not: that their mother was "very beautiful, kind, but sad."[4]

During her childhood, Organa was taught by her father to appreciate the effort of Alderaan's workers, but also the importance of her duties as the planet's eventual queen.[10] In addition to her adopted parents, the young Leia was also reared by a number of aunts, who gave her etiquette lessons and tried to turn her into a proper patrician. Although Leia genuinely loved her aunts, she refused to let them mold her into a pampered, simpering princess whose only aim in life was to find a suitable husband.[11]

Princely lessons

The young Leia was given many kinds of lessons, from combat techniques to languages.

Because of her royal status, the princess was a natural target for abduction, and her family deemed necessary for her to learn the basics of self-defense. Consequently, Leia was allowed to receive some martial training with a personal instructor once she turned sixteen. The princess thoroughly enjoyed that training, which not only made her feel physically strong, but also allowed her to be released from the tension of her etiquette lessons. Thanks to her instructor, the princess learned to keep her mind clear and focused on the moment.[11]

On one occasion, the princess was sparring against one of her family's servants outside the city, instead of being in language study, when her father picked her up; during their trip, Leia expressed her lack of enthusiasm in the politics her mother had to deal with, when the Viceroy explained to her what Alderaan meant, and what she would have to do one day as the queen―to carry on the legacy of Alderaan's harmonic culture with pride, even at the expense of what she wanted.[10]

Imperial senatorEdit

"It will be nice to have such a pretty face in the Senate."
―Emperor Palpatine[src]

In her late teens, Leia followed into her adoptive father's footsteps, and she was the youngest senator ever elected to the Imperial Senate. Her aunts protested, arguing that she'd be better off finding a princely husband, but to no avail. Immediately after her election, the Viceroy proceeded to present her to the Emperor on the capital world of Coruscant, with all the other newly elected officials. The princess spent the days leading up to this event listing out her grievances, intent on addressing the Emperor directly and bluntly. However, when she did meet the Imperial ruler, the Princess of Alderaan was so impressed by his disturbing aura of evil that she could not say a single word and dropped into a half-curtsy.[11]

Declaration

Leia Organa soon discovered that the Imperial Senate was little more than a facade.

Although the princess had entered the political arena with the sincere desire to real change and reform, she soon discovered that no other senator seemed to share her ideals.[11] Contrary to its predecessor, the Republic Senate, the Imperial Senate was merely a ceremonial institution that sycophantically validated Emperor Palpatine's every decree.[12] In fact, no delegate ever dared to test the Emperor's patience.[11]In her early days at the Senate, Organa soon discovered that betrayal always from those who acted the friendliest to her.[13]

The Princess of Alderaan, unable to understand how the other senators could ignore the Empire's crimes in the Outer Rim Territories, devoted herself to aid the suffering all across the galaxy. On one occasion, she rescued an orphaned baby Wookiee from the ruins of a village the Imperial forces had burned to the ground. To her greatest annoyance, the media constantly reduced Leia Organa to her label of princess, paying no attention to her humanitarian work.[11]

During her tenure as an Imperial senator, Leia Organa notably had to deal with Givin, a mathematically inclined species. At the time, she memorized a few equations that proved useful when she had to observed the Givin custom of greeting maths.[13] Eventually, she was told about the existence of an Alliance to Restore the Republic that fought the Empire in the Galactic Civil War. Seeing her chance to actually help the galaxy, the princess joined the Alliance.[11]

Death Star prisonerEdit

"I don't know what you're talking about. I am a member of the Imperial Senate on a diplomatic mission to Alderaan―"
"You are a part of the Rebel Alliance and a traitor. Take her away!"
―Leia Organa and Darth Vader[src]

Following the transference of the Alliance's headquarters from Dantooine to Yavin 4, and a battle for the technical readout of the Death Star, Organa was entrusted with the recently-stolen plans.[2] It was the princess herself who had volunteered for that mission, against the wishes of the Viceroy.[11] While travelling back to her homeworld aboard one of her family's ships, the Tantive IV, the Imperial Star Destroyer Devastator intercepted the corvette over Tatooine. As stormtroopers led by Darth Vader boarded the Tantive IV, Organa stored the plans in the astromech droid R2-D2, and recorded a message for Kenobi, pleading him to return from exile to deliver the plans to her father on Alderaan. While R2-D2 used an escape pod to land on the planet's surface, Organa was stunned, captured, and escorted to Vader.[2]

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Organa, with Luke Skywalker and Han Solo, on the Death Star.

The princess feigned ignorance of the Sith Lord's accusations, so he berated her for lying and had her imprisoned on the Death Star in Detention Block AA-23 in Cell 2187. There, following the Senate's dissolution, Organa was tortured by Vader so that she would reveal the Rebel base's location, but she proved resilient to the mind probe-equipped interrogator droid. Afterwards, once the Death Star entered the Alderaan system, she was taken to see Grand Moff Wilhuff Tarkin, who threatened to use the station to destroy her homeworld unless she disclosed the base's location. The princess claimed the base was on Dantooine, yet Tarkin had Alderaan destroyed anyway to demonstrate the Death Star's power. Awaiting for her execution, Organa was taken to her cell once again.[2]

The arrival of Millennium Falcon, however, led to her rescue at the hands of Luke Skywalker, Han Solo and Chewbacca, with the three bursting into her detention block, disguised as stormtroopers, while Kenobi deactivated the tractor beam preventing their escape. Unimpressed by their rescue once they were cornered by stoormtroopers squadron, she took Skywalker's rifle and blasted open a garbage chute to make their escape. Though momentarily trapped in a compactor, they escaped with the help of R2-D2 and C-3PO, and made their way to Solo's freighter, only for them to witness Kenobi's death at the hands of Vader as they escaped on the Millennium Falcon.[2]

Leading the RebellionEdit

Victory above Yavin 4Edit

As the Millennium Falcon made its way to Yavin 4 on Organa's instruction, the princess discerned Vader had let them go to following their tail, in opposition to Solo, who had great faith in his ship as much as he was reluctant to keep assisting the Alliance beyond dropping their passengers on Yavin and getting his reward, who angered Organa for his lack of selflessness. Once in the Great Temple of Massassi, used as the Rebel base, Organa met with General Willard and had R2-D2's information analyzed to plan an attack on the approaching Death Star, with General Jan Dodonna debriefing everyone on the assault plans. At the command center, Organa subsequently witnessed the destruction of the Death Star at the hands of Skywalker.[2]

Aftermath of the DisasterEdit

"We have much to be grateful for today. Thanks to your courage, we have delivered a telling blow to the Empire with the destruction of their Death Star. But our casualties were not small. Let us take a moment to honor the lost souls of Alderaan. To honor Viceroy Bail Organa and Queen Breha Organa. May they forever be remembered."
―Leia Organa[src]
Medals

The heroes are honored for their bravery.

After the surviving Rebel pilots returned from successfully turning the Empire's greatest weapon into nothing but a layer of dust orbiting around Yavin,[14] the personnel of the Yavin 4 honored the heroes by orchestrating a medal ceremony for them. Organa, wearing an Alderaanian gown,[15] handed out the medals to newcomers Skywalker and Solo.[2]

The time for celebration would soon be over. Painfully aware of the loss of Alderaan, she asked the Rebels to take a moment of silence to honor and remember all those who had died when her homeworld was destroyed. It lasted little for Dodonna announced their need to evacuate Yavin 4 since the Empire was aware of their location. Organa then shared a moment of banter with Solo, and a moment of rapport with Skywalker, when they parted ways. Left alone, Organa noticed a lone female pilot paying respects to the memorial statue of her parents, Bail and Breha.[16]

Mission to save her peopleEdit

No time to grieveEdit

"I am sorry my Queen."
"Don't address me that w—"
"It must be, my test will come soon. As we speak the Imperial are hunting down all surviving Alderaanians."
"All? How do you know?"
"Word travels through the Rebel forces too much to be simply rumor.
"
―Evaan and Leia arguing over their course of action.[src]
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Leia and Evaan discuss their differences.

Afterwards, Organa changed into a less luxurious outfit and asked Admiral Ackbar to have an audience with Dodonna. The Mon Calamari pointed her in the right, and she approached the Dodonna, who was busy currently perusing a location for the new Rebel base. She informed him that she yearned to take action, to scout for a new base location, but the General disagreed. Telling her the best thing for her to do at the time was to grieve her recent loss, given that the Empire had placed a 10,000,000 credit bounty on her just hours before, he stated the Princess would not leave Yavin "under anything less than a full military escort," and dismissed her.[16]

Defeated, she left and again briefly ran into Ackbar; after their conversation was finished, Organa noticed the Rebel pilot from earlier, Evaan Verlaine, talking about her cold attitude towards the loss of her parents. Verlaine bowed to her princess, but she let her know that formality was no longer required. She asked Verlaine why she had stayed behind after the ceremony earlier. Verlaine muttered a reply that Organa couldn't hear, she became frustrated and after coaxing Verlaine into revealing her past as a Royalist mentored directly by Leia's mother, Queen Breha; she openly wondered why Verlaine respected the throne but not its keeper—Princess Leia. Verlaine let her know she planned on preserving as much of Alderaan's culture as possible, before pledging herself to Queen Leia Organa of Alderaan. Organa disagreed that she was the Queen, but Verlaine insisted, and told her that the Imperials were currently hunting down down all surviving Alderaanian's throughout the galaxy. THe Princess took the information and easily created a course of action as Verlaine would act as her bodyguard.[16]

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Leia and Evaan are pursued by the survivors of Red Squadron.

Shortly thereafter, Organa enlisted the help of Artoo and recorded a holographic message of herself apologizing to Dodonna for disobeying his orders and leaving. She then sent the message and a decoy hologram of Artoo to the General's quarters while he slept. The trio made their escape at the dead of night in an elegant T-1 shuttle; their goal was to save all the remaining sons and daughters of Alderaan from the Empire. Just after departing Yavin 4, the Princess insisted that she and her pilot be totally honest with each other. Verlaine agreed, telling her Queen that leaving the Alliance's protection was ill fated. Dodanna would put lives at risk to recover Leia. The Princess dismissed her worry and asked Artoo his opinion. Artoo typed his response on a screen: "I've got a bad feeling about this." The next moment Verlaine noticed that they were being pursued by two X-wing fighters—Skywalker and Antilles—the only two survivors of Red Squadron. The two pilots ordered them to turn back, but the Princess would not. The fighters tried to box the T-1 in with a herding maneuver while Verlaine tried to outmaneuver the veteran pilots. In the process, Verlaine recklessly collided with Antilles' X-wing, knocking off the shuttle's alluvial dampener. The Princess accused her pilot of deliberately sabotaging the mission because she disagreed with it. The two fighters realized the T-1 had been disabled, and began to back off; Verlaine hit the hyperdrive and escaped the X-wings. Organa was confused, and Verlaine explained that the whole maneuver had been a rouse that she and Artoo had cooked up. Organa's mind was changed and she thanked her pilot for her magnificent work as they made their way to Naboo.[16]

Betrayal on NabooEdit

"Blame has no purpose. Alderaanians have got to stick together. The important thing is, we've lost our loved ones and our precious planet of beauty. The other important thing is your creativity is keeping Alderaan alive. For that I thank you... And I vow to take care of you. Travel the stars with me, and together we will reclaim every last orphan of Alderaan."
―Princess Leia addresses the Melodic Order and their families, and invites them to join her on her crusade.[src]

While in hyperspace en route to Naboo, the two women ate a meal together. Verlaine continued to treat Organa not as her princess, but as her queen, to which Organa requested that Verlaine needed to be her accomplice—not her sycophant. Verlaine had prepared ruica, a dish that Organa disliked, but was persuaded to eat by her Father throughout her childhood. It brought back memories of her father's urge that she needed to keep Alderaan and its culture alive. The Princess realized she had—by all appearances—failed her father.[10]

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Leia and Evaan arrive in Theed.

A short time later they arrived at Naboo, Organa insured Artoo was broadcasting themselves as Imperial Auditors—the equivalent of a stink bomb to the local population. Verlaine was wary of the plan, but refrained from arguing when Organa revealed that she had learned of a cloister of Alderaanian musicians known as the Melodic Order in the city of Keren. After landing in the capital city of Theed, the Princess ordered the Imperial officer who came to welcome them to refuel and re-stock the ship—on the orders of her alias—First Minister Solo. And ordered him to charge the fees to the Imperial Advisor's Office. The trio moved farther into the city where Organa admitted to feeling excited in being alone in the galaxy living only by their wits; and no credits. However, she was momentarily distracted when they came across a mural of the late Padmé Amidala, who unbeknowst to Leia was he biological mother. The Princess swore she saw the queen turn in her direction, but dismissed it as an illusion. As she contemplated what she had seen, they were approached by Lord Junn, an old friend—although he was secretly working for his own benefit, and had recognized Artoo's signal as illegitimate. He claimed to be surprised to run in to the Princess, and expressed his condolences for her losses. Organa let him know they were travelling on secretive business, and ignored Verlaine's urging to put her cloak back over her head. Junn took the opportunity to invite them to his villa. Ignoring Verlaine's mistrust in Junn, they went with him.[10]

At Junn's palace, they ate and conversed until Junn left to make a com call. Verlaine voiced her concerns with their host's integrity, but Organa believed he could be trusted. Although, if things "went south" Organa believed Artoo would "beep" their way out of any trouble they could possibly get into. Junn returned and set them up with the Melodic Order's employer, Mul Sanaka, the owner of Club Deeja in the Marina District where the Melodic Order performed via hologram.[10]

They took the T-1 to the Marina District, and the false beacon sent the citizens running from the "Imperial Auditors." They made their way to the club, where Madam Uwa Pareece, who was the leader of the Melodic Order, recognized the Princess and discretely followed. Sanaka—mistaking the "Auditors" for Imperial slavers who were there to collect the Alderaanians—said he would hand them over after Organa and Verlaine gave their blasters to Sanaka's four-armed Besalisk bodyguard. The Princess, taking on the persona of a stubborn Imperial, at first refused before consenting and was led inside by the large besalisk. In the alleyway behind the nightclub, Snes, the bodyguard, ordered the Princess into a dark room. Organa was surprised when Snes used her title as the Princess; and realized Verlaine's suspicions had been correct&: Junn had betrayed them. She jumped up and kneed the large alien in the face, he fell. Two other besalisks emerged from the dark room brandishing a large axe and fibercord. Verlaine gunned down the first, and Artoo the second, while Organa finished off Snes. Sanaka appeared ready to kill the "visiting royalty," but was foiled when Pareece stunned him from behind. Pareece groveled at the Princess's feet, believing she deserved to die, because she had not yet told the Melodic Order of their homeworld's destruction, in order for Sanaka to make more money.[10]
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Leia confronts Lord Junn in his palace.

Madam Pareece, led the trio to the Order where the Princess told her subjects the horrible news of the Disaster. She invited them to follow her on her crusade to rescue every son and daughter of Alderaan throughout the galaxy. While they mourned, they agreed to follow their princess and made preparations; while Organa returned to Lord Junn's palace in the dead of night. She surprised him and demanded to know how he knew of her arrival. He relished how easy it was to guess based on the false Imperial code. Junn figured she was going to kill him for his betrayal, but instead she demanded a luxury yacht capable of carrying the Melodic Order. He agreed and gave them his luxury pleasure craft, the Lord Junn. Soon thereafter, the gathered Alderaanian's departed for Sullust in the Outer Rim.[10]

Alderaan's survivalEdit

"We re not our enemy. We are Alderaan. We answer rage with wisdom. We answer fear with imagination. We answer war with hope. If one life with a single drop of Alderaanian blood survives, Alderaan survives. If one life with passion for Alderaanian creativity survives, Alderaan survives. And we are, each of us, important. And whatever happens, I bow to all of you, and to our future."
―Leia Organa[src]

The two starships soon arrived in the Sullust system, where Organa and Verlaine engaged a Sullustan smuggler named Tivvy, who agreed to lead them to the Alderaan Enclave. Soon thereafter, they landed their ship on Sullust's volcanic surface and headed into the caves, with Verlaine as a translator and Tivvy as a guide. During the journey, they were met by an Alderaanian rifle squad, who tried to apprehend them. Organa and her companions struck first, and quickly disarmed the Alderaanians. The princess helped one guard up and informed him she was going to enter the compound as their princess—not their prisoner.[17]

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Organa and Verlaine enter the Alderaan Enclave on Sullust.

Escorted by guards, Organa demanded to see the leader of the compound, Preserver Jora Astane, who refused to submit to Organa's authority as her princess, and suspected her to be a traitor, particularly after the replay of a transmission: Tace's innocent disclosing of their location to her sister, Tula, an Imperial under the watchful eye of Commander Dreed.[17]

Learning that his Imperial cruiser had entered Sullust's orbit, Astane ordered her men to kill Organa and Verlaine, forcing the two to escape and warn the Lord Junn to leave the planet's orbit. They escaped with R2's help to a polluted waterway below the Eyewell, where the three herded rockrenders to attack stormtroopers in the battle against the Alderaanians above. Once the skirmish was over and the Imperials had been defeated, Astane finally accepted Organa as their sovereign.[17]

Following Nien Nunb's successful leadership of Alderaanian survivors off of Sullust despite the Empire's watch, Organa awarded the Sullustan the chalcedony waves from her late mother, only for Astane and Covis to burst into the room, bringing Tace before their princess. Organa ordered everyone to leave her alone with Tace; the two discussed the problem over some tea. Sometime later, with the Lord Junn over Espirion, Organa told Astane she believed Tace to be innocent but intended to draw her sister out. She also appointed Pareece and Astane to go to Espirion's surface and talk to the Alderaanians who lived there, but also spoke to Tace again to have her ask Tula about her location. The plan backfired when Dreed threatened to kill Tula because of Tace's inquiry, prompting Organa to trade herself for Tula. Though many considered it an unwise decision, especially Evaan, Organa still went through with her decision.[18]

Once the Lord Junn landed on the surface of Skaradosh, Organa was met by Commander Dreed, and proceeded to trade herself for Tula, placing herself back in Imperial custody.[18] Before Organa, Dreed and his men could board his shuttle, the Imperials were soon attacked by a group of her followers, including Verlaine and Nunb. On his Mellcrawler, Nunb then smuggled everyone out of the system to reunite with their fellow Alderaanians above Espirion, outrunning the Star Destroyer on its way to destroy her people.[19]

Organa was surprised to see Espirion's orbit filled with starships of Alderaanian survivors who had gotten her message. Aware of incoming danger, Organa told the fleet to take battle stations; she also was part of Tace and Tula's reencounter, just before meeting with Pareece and Astane to talk about their mission to the planet below. Astane claimed responsibility for their mission's failure, which angered Organa, for she had been counting on Espirion's military support against the incoming Star Destroyer. Following Verlaine's encouraging words, Organa sent a message to her fleet, which R2 was responsible for retransmitting to the Alderaanians on Espirion. Fortunately, before too many ships were destroyed by the Imperials, Beon Beonel allowed the Espirion Multi to enter the battle, which quickly led to the destruction of the Star Destroyer.[19]

After a celebration held among the surviving Alderaanians, Organa told Verlaine of her return to the Alliance as she had never intended to abandon the Rebellion forever, for their people would never be safe as long as the Emperor was in control. As Verlaine claimed they needed their princess, Organa suggested her that she should elect one then, for she was adamant in her desire to continue her career in the Alliance, and appointed Verlaine as her would-be successor. Ultimately, Organa and R2 returned to the Rebel Alliance on Yavin 4, where she reunited with Skywalker, Solo, Chewbacca and C3PO.[19]

Missions for the RebellionEdit

Aboard the PromiseEdit

"When you get betrayed, it's never by someone who looks like Vader. Betrayal always comes wrapped up in a friendly cloak. It's one of the first things I learned in the Senate."
―Leia Organa to Luke Skywalker[src]

Sometime after returning to the Alliance on Yavin 4, Organa would return to the Alliance Fleet, hiding in the Sujimis sector over Orto Plutonia, where she would help coordinate the Rebel efforts with the rest of the Alliance's leaders, and in C-3PO's company. During her stay on the Redemption, Organa suggested to Ackbar and Mon Mothma they sent someone to open a secret supply of weapons for the Alliance with the Chekkoo clan of Rodia, a mission for which Skywalker volunteered.[13]

Following his return from Rodia, Organa and Ackbar met with Skywalker as soon as he landed the Desert Jewel on the Promise to talk about his encounter over Llanic, during which he saved a Kupohan ship from Imperial attack. Though he apologized for it, Organa revealed he had done the right thing, as the ship carried vital intelligence about a Givin cryptologist from Denon, Drusil Bephorin, willing to help the Alliance, if the Rebels were able to safely transport her and her family to Omereth. Organa and Ackbar assigned Skywalker, Nakari Kelen and the Desert Jewel to the mission, though Organa warned Skywalker not to trust blindly on Kelen. After their return from a errand for Kelen's father and the Jewel’s modifications, Organa and Ackbar further debriefed Skywalker and Kelen, only for Organa to instruct the two to greet Bephorin with maths.[13]

Cymoon 1Edit

"Remind me never to attack another weapons factory."
―Leia Organa[src]

Alongside Skywalker, Solo, Chewbacca, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Organa took part in a mission on the Imperial factory world of Cymoon 1, where they would infiltrate and destroy Weapons Factory Alpha. After capturing a shuttle whose passenger was an emissary of Jabba the Hutt sent to negotiate with the Empire on shipping raw materials from Hutt-controlled space to Imperial facilities, Organa and Skywalker disguised themselves as bodyguards to escort Solo (who, they agreed, would pose as the envoy) with R2-D2 into the factory. Greeted by Overseer Aggadeen, they managed to enter the facility only for them to reveal themselves as rebels and knock the Aggadeen's stormtroopers out. When asked about the direction to the main power core, the Overseer revealed it only after the astromech droid threatened to electrocute him; and Organa "thanked" Aggadeen by punching him across the jaw, knocking him out as well.[20]

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The Rebels make their way to the main power core.

Once the four made their way to the central power station, Organa, Solo and R2-D2 rigged the power core. As they awaited for Skywalker to return, Organa thanked the Corellian smuggler for taking such a risk for the Alliance, yet questioned Solo if he had an ulterior motive for doing so. Skywalker's arrival with Imperial slaves he had freed interrupted their conversation, however, with his determination to have the slaves escape with them. Though Organa was unsure of Skywalker's decision, Solo accepted it and prompted them to escape the facility as soon as possible.[20]

Alerted by Chewbacca of Vader's arrival, Organa ordered the Wookiee to kill the Dark Lord even at the expense of them, clearly blaming him for Alderaan's destruction. However, Vader sensed danger and protected himself for Chewbacca's shot, putting the entire moon on alert of their presence. Completely surrounded nad having lost contact with Chewbacca, they came across a hangar and, though Organa noticed Skywalker's absence, she and Solo procured an All Terrain Armored Transport walker for themselves, just as Skywalker engaged Vader in combat.[20]

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Han and Leia argue while escaping the factory aboard the stolen AT-AT.

Organa, Solo, R2-D2 and several slaves boarded the AT-AT, and Solo piloted it through the factory before stepping on a subterranean corridor, almost crushing Skywalker and Vader. Once Solo almost stepped on a Twi'lek slave, Organa called him out on it, but he claimed only wanting to get them out of there, while R2-D2 and a pair of Jawas worked to have its cannons operational. Though the Sith lord almost tore the walker apart with the Force, the astromech droid informed them that the cannons were ready and Organa hit the button to fire. Not only they temporarily incapacitated Vader, but they also blasted their way out of the facility.[21]

Once outside, their walker only received more blaster fire; Organa, then, realized the Imperials had stopped the reactor's meltdown, only for Vader to catch up with them and destroy the walker's legs with his lightsaber, throwing it off. From the rubble, Organa carried Solo and led the slaves to safety, when Skywalker met with her and told her he would finish their mission. Disobeying Organa's orders, Skywalker used his stolen speeder bike to destroy the power core. Soon enough, they made their way to the Millennium Falcon and barely escaped with their lives. On the ship, she talked to Skywalker and thanked for completing the mission, and tried to encourage him, but his morale was at rock-bottom.[22]

An estranged wifeEdit

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Confronted by Solo over the parts needed to repair the Millennium Falcon.

Before long, the Falcon rendezvoused with the Rebel fleet. Organa met with the rest of the Alliance High Command, and expressed her desire to continue the offensive against the Empire; however, Ackbar and Mothma and dissuaded Organa from her course of action since they believed she was overtaxing her team. The princess next met with Skywalker, who cuttingly told her he lacked interest in undertaking any more missions and to let him go, despite her faith in him. Much to her and Solo's dismay, they allowed Skywalker and R2 to go to Tatooine.[23]

Sometime later, Organa met with Solo who inquired about several parts needed to repair his ship and why he needed to obtain her approval for that, but Organa told him that he needed to work to obtain what he wanted—offering him a mission to be her copilot on a scouting mission for possible locations for the Alliance base. Aboard a stolen Imperial Lambda-class shuttle, the Invictus, they had a run-in with a pair of TIE/LN starfighters and Solo piloted the Invictus into an unnamed planed near the Monsua Nebula.[24]

Once on its surface, Organa followed Solo's lead to one of his smuggling dens, where in he offered the princess some Corellian wine to celebrate their survival. Organa, however, misinterpreted his gesture and refused to drink the wine, stormily leaving the den at once. As Solo followed suit, claiming he would rather seduce a gundark, they noticed the arriving Cobra that fired at them, only for Sana Solo to disembark and reveal herself to be Solo's estranged wife, much to Organa's shock.[25] Though Solo tried to explain, Sana recognized her as Princess Leia Organa still with a considerable bounty on her head. Intending to sell Organa to the Imperials and recover her husband, Sana had the Invictus destroyed with her voice-activated ship's weaponry.[26]

Holding the two at gunpoint, Sana contacted the Star Destoyer above to negotiate over Organa's bounty, while Solo tried to negotiate with her to let them go. However, Organa had other plans—pushing Solo against Sana, unbalancing her, while she drew a concealed blaster from her clothes, aiming it at both Solos. Unfortunately, the TIE fighters and TIE bombers were already on their way to their encounter.[26]

Escape from HothEdit

"You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life."
―Han Solo[src]

Three or so years later, Organa was stationed at the Rebellion's recently-established Echo Base on the ice planet of Hoth. Following a run-in with one of Jabba's bounty hunters in Ord Mantell, Solo bade farewell to General Carlist Rieekan and Organa, bur her lack of honesty about her feelings angered him. Soon enough, Solo set out to find a missing Skywalker during the night, worrying Organa, but was soon relieved when they returned to the base. However, as an Imperial probe droid had alerted Vader and the Imperial fleet of their location, arriving soon on Hoth, Organa helped coordinate the ensuing evacuation, giving instructions to pilots. Once the base was overrun by Imperial ground forces, Organa and C-3PO were forced to escape Hoth aboard the Millennium Falcon with Solo and Chewbacca.[3]

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Organa and Solo's first kiss.

With a damaged hyperdrive, the Falcon was unable to leave the system and escape the Imperial blockade, which prompted Solo to pilot the ship into a nearby asteroid field, hoping that the Imperials would be unwilling to follow them, to repair the ship in the cave of an asteroid of great size. Organa helped in repairing the ship, when Solo appeared; drawing himself closer to her before both ended up in a passionate kiss that lasted until C-3PO's arrival. Organa withdrew and walked away, conflicted. Afterwards, Organa would reflect upon what happened in the cockpit when the ship was attacked by mynocks.[3]

Rushing to shoo them away, Organa, Solo and Chewbacca exited the ship, but Solo quickly realized that they were in fact inside of something else than a cave. Narrowly escaping the inside of a big creature residing inside the asteroid, the Millennium Falcon was once again pursued by Imperial forces. Unable to make the jump to hyperspace due to technical problems, Solo decided to land on the back of the command bridge of a Star Destroyer, shutting down all systems to avoid detection. The plan worked exactly as planned; as the Imperial fleet prepared to exit the Anoat system, Solo detached the ship from the hull. With a faulty hyperdrive, the group decided to head to Bespin, where an old acquintance of Solo, Lando Calrissian, owned a mining colony. However, they were unaware that they were being tracked by Boba Fett, one of the mercenaries hired by Vader to locate them.[3]

Crisis in Cloud CityEdit

"You look absolutely beautiful. You truly belong here with us, among the clouds."
―Lando Calrissian[src]

Arriving on Bespin, Organa and the others were greeted by Calrissian. He agreed to repair the hyperdrive of the Millennium Falcon, and in the meantime, Organa and the others stayed at Cloud City. However, unbeknowst to them, Calrissian had made a deal with Vader to hand over the rebels in exchange for non-interefence from the Empire. Captured by Vader, where the Dark Lord awaited for Skywalker's arrival, Leia and the others were taken to a carbon-freezing facility, where Solo was to be frozen in carbonite to test if the chambers were suitable for trapping Skywalker. As the smuggler was lowered into the freezing pit, Organa's parting words were "I love you," to which Solo responded "I know." (Listen ).[3]

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Organa senses Skywalker's distress.

On their way to Vader's ship, Organa caught sight a recenty-arrived Skywalker and tried to warn him, but she, Chewbacca and C-3PO were taken away by Imperial forces. Before long, Calrissian betrayed Vader by disarming the stormtroopers with the help of his men, and setting the Rebels free. Though Chewbacca almost strangled Calrissian, Organa let the gambler live when he told them of Solo's location. With R2-D2 eventually joining them, they attempted to save the now-frozen Solo from being taken by Boba Fett, they were too late—the Mandalorian had already left on the Slave I with Solo, all the while Skywalker dueled Vader until losing his right hand and lightsaber, and learning of his connection to the Dark Lord as father and son.[3]

Jumping down a shaft, Skywalker eventually ended up hanging on an antenna below Cloud City and called Organa out of instinct. The princess, who had escaped aboard the Millennium Falcon with Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO and Calrissian, sensed Skywalker's presence, and they turned around to retrieve Skywalker on Organa's insistence. Once they rescued Skywalker, the Falcon was chased by TIE/LN starfighters into orbit and confronted by the Executor. Thanks to the astromech droid, the hyperdrive worked and the Falcon managed to escape the IMperial threat. Soon, they rendezvoused with part of the Rebel fleet, where Organa accompanied a recovered Skywalker—who had received a prosthetic hand—and watched as Calrissian and Chewbacca left to find Solo.[3]

Solo's rescueEdit

"We have powerful friends. You're gonna regret this."
―Leia Organa, to Jabba the Hutt[src]
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Organa watches as Skywalker tries to reason with Jabba.

Following Calrissian, R2-D2 and C-3PO's infiltration at Jabba's Palace to rescue Solo a year later, Organa (posing as bounty hunter Boushh) arrived with Chewbacca as her "prisoner" to collect part of the bounty Jabba had put a price on Solo's head. After much bargaining (including Organa threatening Jabba with a thermal detonator), Jabba settled on a deal, and had Chewbacca imprisoned. Later that night, Organa released Solo from his carbonite coffin, only to be caught by the Hutt and his minions. Ignoring Solo's pleas, Jabba had him thrown in prison with Chewbacca, and forced Organa into becoming his slave; wearing a demeaning outfit, Organa was collared and chained to Jabba's throne to stay with him at all times.[4]

A couple of days later, Organa watched as Skywalker tried to bargain with the crime lord for his friends' liberation and was thrown with the rancor. Surviving his ordeal, Jabba ordered for Skywalker, Solo and Chewbacca to be taken to the Dune Sea where they would executed in Great Pit of Carkoon and eaten alive by the sarlacc over the course of a thousand years. On the sail barge Khetanna, Organa was allowed to leave the Hutt's side momentarily to see as his friend were executed, and she patiently waited until Skywalker started retaliating with his new lightsaber to destroy the barge's controls to throw the vessel into darkness and jump over Jabba's tail.[4]

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Organa chokes Jabba the Hutt to his death.

Grabbing the slack of the very chain with which Jabba had enslaved her, Organa threw its length around the crime lord's huge neck, braced her legs against his back, and leaned back hard while pulling the chain, slowly but forcefully strangling him to death. R2-D2 then broke her chain and headed for the top surface of the sil barge, where the astromech droid and C-3PO jumped off the vehicle's edge and Organa met with Skywalker. Pointing the guns toward the heart of the vehicle, the two began the barge's destruction together and swinged to the skiff where Calrissian, Chewbacca and Solo awaited for them. Picking the two droids, they drove the skiff off just as the sail barge exploded.[4]

Endor's revelationEdit

"Luke, don't talk that way. You have a power that I don't understand and can never have."
"You're wrong, Leia. You have that power, too. In time, you will learn to use it as I have. The Force is strong in my family. My father has it. I have it. And... my sister has it. Yes. It's you, Leia."
―Leia Organa and Luke Skywalker[src]

Organa later departed for Sullust with the rest of the crew (except for Skywalker and R2-D2) aboard the Millennium Falcon to reunite with the rest of the Rebel Alliance's fleet, assembling for its greatest operation yet—the assault on the second Death Star, located over Endor. As debriefed by Mothma, Ackbar and Madine, the Rebel fleet would distract the Imperial fleet while General Calrissian led a fighter attack against the space station, only after a small strike team deactivated the deflector shield generator on the moon. Though Organa was unaware of Solo's decision to lead the operation on the moon, she quickly volunteered after Chewbacca, only for Skywalker to join them as well, having returned from the Dagobah system, and the two faithful droids.[4]

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Organa meets the Ewok, Wicket, on Endor.

Aboard the Tydirium, the team managed to land on the moon, as willed by Vader, well aware of his son's presence on the shuttle. Making their way through the forest, they came across Imperial scout troopers with Solo giving their position away by accident. Organa then rushed to steal one speeder bike to chase two scouts, along with Skywalker. During the chase, however, they were separated and, though they took care of the troopers, Organa was thrown off her speeder and knocked unconscious. Shortly afterwards, an Ewok, Wicket, woke her up and Organa quickly befriended him. Though they were discovered by two scouts, Organa and Wicket managed to get rid of them, only for the Ewok to lead her to his home, the Bright Tree Village.[4]

After a few hours, when she realized that her friends were to become the banquet in C-3PO's honor, whom the Ewoks thought to be their god, and tried to intervene, but they threatened her with spears. They were only freed after Skywalker used the Force to levitate the protocol droid to show his "great magic" to the tribe. During the night, Organa listened as C-3PO told the Ewoks their story, prompting Chief Chirpa to proclaim them a part of the tribe.[4]

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Organa learns the truth of her parentage.

It was then that Skywalker decided the time had come for him to leave Endor and face Vader; Organa followed him out of te tribal gathering and asked him what was troubling him. Skywalker then revealed that not only was Vader his father but hers as well, revealing himself to be her brother, something she had somehow always known; he also told Organa he had to face the Sith lord in combat on his own, and left her to turn himself to the Imperials. Solo then appeared to ask Organa what was going on, and became jealous of Skywalker, but soon apologized and comforted her.[4]

Nevertheless, the next day, Organa fought alongside the rest of the team in the battle that followed their initial infiltration at the shield generator and subsequent capture by Imperial reinforcements. While the Ewoks provided a distraction long enough for them to take ahold of their position at the doors, Organa was injured with a blaster wound to her upper arm during the fighting, yet she shot down two stormtroopers who threatened Solo. With Chewbacca's stolen All Terrain Scout Transport, they were able to trick the officers into letting them in. As they successfully destroyed the shield generator, Calrissian and Nunb, along with Antilles, flew into the Death Star's core and destroyed it from the inside.[4]

Seeing as the station's explosion lit the skies above, Solo reassured Organa that Skywalker had surely survived, but she already knew it, as she felt her brother's presence though the Force. Solo, then, told her he would not interfere in their relationship, but Organa informed Solo that Skywalker was her brother, and the two shared a kiss. Later that night, the two arranged for the Alliance to join them at Bright Tree Village, where they rejoiced over their victory, and where Skywalker finally reunited with them.[4]

After EndorEdit

Approximately thirty years after the Battle of Endor, Organa served as a General in the Resistance against the First Order, an Imperial remnant.[5]

Personality and traitsEdit

"Charming to the last."
―Wilhuff Tarkin[src]

Organa was a sharp-witted diplomat who was unafraid to speak her mind, even when confronted by powerful figures like Darth Vader and Wilhuff Tarkin.[2] Fierce, outspoken and headstrong, she would accomplish whichever task she imposed on herself, as much as she put duty before her own personal needs―likely, as a result of her upbringing.[10] Furthermore, she never cared much for being royalty for her priority was to help those who needed her, and not wealth nor recognition.[19]

Despite her commitment to Alderaan's values of pacifism, Organa believed in self-defense and in fiercely fighting for the galaxy's freedom.[19] With remarkable leadership qualities, Organa was also known for being able to keep her composure even in humiliating situations to perform daring feats, like diving into a garbage chute or strangling the infamous Jabba the Hutt.[2][4]

Powers and abilitiesEdit

"I'm sure Luke wasn't on that thing when it blew."
"He wasn't. I can feel it."
―Han Solo and Leia Organa after seeing the Death Star II had been destroyed[src]

Daughter of the Chosen One, Organa, like her older brother Luke Skywalker, was born Force-sensitive. After her birth Organa was left with a lasting impression of images and feelings of her mother, that she was "very beautiful, kind, but sad."[4] When Skywalker failed to contact Kenobi while hanging underneath Bespin's Cloud City, weak and helpless, he called out to Organa with the Force, apparently out of instinct. Organa sensed him, and was able to direct the Millennium Falcon to his location.[7]

After Skywalker revealed on Endor that they were siblings, she was shocked but deep down, she had always knew this to be true.[9] Skywalker also revealed that she was strong in the Force like he was and could learn how to use it in time. After the second Death Star blew up, Organa assured Solo that Skywalker had not been on it at the time, actively demonstrating the ability to sense her brother's presence.[4]

Competent with weaponry as she was with words, she had great accuracy when using blaster pistols.[2][3][4]

Behind the scenesEdit

Princess Leia was portrayed by Carrie Fisher. In Revenge of the Sith, the infant Leia was played by Aidan Barton (the son of editor Roger Barton), who also played her brother Luke.

In George Lucas's rough draft of the original film, Leia was a 14-year-old princess (the same age as Queen Amidala in The Phantom Menace), the spoiled daughter of King Kayos and Queen Breha of Aquilae. In that draft, she had two brothers, Biggs and Windy, whose identities were substantially revised into their current form by the fourth draft (though they did not appear in intervening versions). The later story synopsis established her as Leia Antilles, the daughter of Bail Antilles from the peaceful world of Organa Major. In the fourth draft the names were turned around so that Leia Organa came instead from Alderaan.[27] Interestingly, when George Lucas was writing background material for licensees in 1977, he wrote that she had several brothers, and that she was unaware whether her parents had escaped the destruction of her homeworld. No-one from the House of Organa, however, had reached the Rebels as yet.[27]

Princess Leia's Theme is the name of the character's leitmotif introduced in the original film.

NameEdit

  • The name "Leia" has a number of potential origins. It may have been derived from "Lay'a" which in Arabic means "weary". Alternatively it might mean "mistress'" or "ruler" in Assyrian. Additionally, a Talmudic source cites "Leila" as the "Angel of Night". A third origin could be the Greek word "basileia," meaning "reign". There was also a biblical character called "Leah" (which is pronounced as Leia) in the book of Genesis, she was Jacob's first wife. It could also have been adopted from the Hawaiian "Leia", which means "child of heaven".
  • In the Italian version of the films, "Leia Organa" was renamed to "Leila Organa".
  • In June 2005, Princess Märtha Louise of Norway admitted in an interview that the first name of her youngest daughter, Leah Isadora Behn, was inspired by Princess Leia.[28]

Make-up and costumesEdit

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Leia's signature A New Hope hairstyle

George Lucas commented on Leia's "cinnamon bun" hairstyle in Time magazine: "In the 1977 film, I was working very hard to create something different that wasn't fashion, so I went with a kind of Southwestern Pancho Villa woman revolutionary look, which is what that is. The buns are basically from turn-of-the-century Mexico."[29]

The costume designer for the films had a "no lingerie in space" policy, which prevented Fisher from wearing a brassiere. To maintain decorum, adhesive tape was used in place of the banned garment.[30]

The iconic Slave Leia costume worn in Return of the Jedi is a popular cosplaying choice.

Her real motherEdit

"The part that I never really developed is the death of Luke and Leia's mother. I had a backstory for her in earlier drafts, but it basically didn't survive. When I got to Jedi, I wanted one of the kids to have some kind of memory of her because she will be a key figure in the new episodes I'm writing. But I really debated on whether or not Leia should remember her."
―George Lucas[src]

George Lucas stated that he wanted one of the Skywalker twins to recall their mother, hence Leia describing her as "very beautiful, kind but sad" in Return of the Jedi.[31]

When Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith came out, many people did not understand how it was possible that Leia claims to remember her mother although she had known her for barely a minute. There has been some debate about whether Leia is discussing her real mother, Padmé Amidala, or her foster mother. The official Star Wars website stated in a "Q & A" section that Leia is remembering Padmé, but this may no longer be canonical.[32]

AppearancesEdit

SourcesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Encyclopedia-Logo Princess Leia Organa in the Encyclopedia (link now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back
  4. 4.00 4.01 4.02 4.03 4.04 4.05 4.06 4.07 4.08 4.09 4.10 4.11 4.12 4.13 4.14 4.15 Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi
  5. 5.0 5.1 Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure
  6. TCW mini logo Star Wars: The Clone Wars – "Sacrifice"
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith
  8. SWCustom-2011 Rebels Recon: Inside "The Siege of Lothal" on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  9. 9.0 9.1 SWCustom-2011 Princess Leia Organa Biography Gallery on StarWars.com (backup link on Archive.org)
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 10.6 10.7 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part II
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy
  12. Tarkin
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 Heir to the Jedi
  14. Star Wars: Darth Vader 1: Vader
  15. Star Wars Costumes: The Original Trilogy
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part I
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part III
  18. 18.0 18.1 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part IV
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 Star Wars: Princess Leia, Part V
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Star Wars 1: Skywalker Strikes
  21. Star Wars 2: Skywalker Strikes, Part II
  22. Star Wars 3: Skywalker Strikes, Part III
  23. Star Wars 4: Skywalker Strikes, Part IV
  24. Star Wars 5: Skywalker Strikes, Part V
  25. Star Wars 6: Skywalker Strikes, Part VI
  26. 26.0 26.1 Star Wars 8: Showdown on the Smugglers' Moon, Part I
  27. 27.0 27.1 The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film
  28. Fuglehaug, Wenche (June 16, 2005). Princess speaks out on home births. Aftenposten. Retrieved on October 20, 2012.
  29. Cagle, Jess (April 21, 2002). So, What's the Deal with Leia's Hair?. Time.com. Retrieved on October 20, 2012.
  30. Fisher, Carrie (May 16, 1999). Postcards From The Edge Of The Galaxy. The Daily Beast. Retrieved on October 20, 2012.
  31. Star Wars: The Annotated Screenplays
  32. SWicon Star Wars Q & A on StarWars.com (content now obsolete; backup link on Archive.org)

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