Carrie Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd penned a touching acceptance speech for her late mother on Friday.
The Star Wars actress, who died after suffering a heart attack in December 2016, was honoured posthumously with a Legend award from Walt Disney during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.
The award is the highest honour The Walt Disney Company can award an individual, and Carrie’s 24-year-old daughter accepted the award on her behalf by penning a touching tribute – which was read out by Disney’s chairman Bob Iger.
”As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics. I was so obsessed with Ariel that I wanted to change my name. We went to Disneyland so much that I now realise she might have even loved it more than I did,” the letter read.
”Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an amazing moment for her. She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would have been her ultimate dream.
”I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I am currently working on ‘American Horror Story’. I am beyond grateful to Mr. Iger and everyone at Disney for this incredible honour. Thank you again, and may the force be with you always.”
The news comes after it was recently revealed that Billie has been named the sole beneficiary of Carrie’s estate.