- "Once it was proposed to me that it was all right to be like I am, I finally quit apologizing for it."
- ―Carrie Fisher
Leia Organa was a resistance fighter, war-time leader, and politician who grew up as the princess of Alderaan, served in the Imperial Senate, helped lead the Alliance to Restore the Republic and New Republic, and led the Resistance as its founding general. Through it all, she became instrumental in the defeat of the Galactic Empire in the Galactic Civil War and led the fight against the First Order. Leia was the biological daughter of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker and Senator Padmé Amidala, and she was adopted by Senator Bail Organa and Queen Breha Organa of Alderaan after her mother's death and her father's fall to the dark side. She had a twin brother, Luke Skywalker, and married Han Solo. Leia had one child, Ben, who became Kylo Ren.
Princess Leia was portrayed by Carrie Fisher, who died on December 27, 2016. Fisher's first appearance as the character was in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, and she reprised the role in Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi, Star Wars: Episode VII The Force Awakens, and the forthcoming Star Wars: Episode VIII—Fisher's final film role. Fisher's younger likeness was used in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, an infant Leia appeared in Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith, and an animated version of the character was depicted in Star Wars Rebels. Leia was also a frequent character in the stories of the Star Wars Legends continuity.
Fisher's iconic portrayal of the character rocketed her to stardom. The butt-kicking princess who took charge and led the Rebel Alliance to victory bucked the damsel in distress archetype and made Leia and Fisher herself an icon for women and men alike. The quick-witted and outspoken Fisher, who overcame drug addiction and lived with bipolar disorder, brought a voice to mental health and drug issues and became a source of inspiration for fans worldwide.
She will be missed.