Her younger brother, Todd, honors her all year round by keeping her Christmas tree up in her home each day.
Mark Hamill portrayed the character of Luke Skywalker for the final time in 2019's Rise of Skywalker. It has been more than 40 years since he and his co-stars Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford auditioned for their roles in Star Wars, according to the Daily Mail. While testing for their roles, none of them knew "what an incredibly rich and imaginative set of adventures this obscure little space movie would launch."
It keeps those who are no longer with us alive in our imagination. Fisher, who essayed the iconic role of Princess Leia, passed away in 2016 but will never be forgotten thanks to this rich world she belonged to. She had a heart attack on a plane and died of it on December 27, as per LA Times. A day later, her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, also passed away. They are survived by Todd Fisher, Carrie's brother, and her daughter, Billie Lourd, who keeps the legacy alive.
Todd remembers her as a generous sister who loved to spoil him. Every year, she would gift her younger brother a great jacket, a practice she started when she started earning. "It started back when she first had her own money, right after Star Wars. I have a closet full of memories … She gave me unbelievable gifts," he said, as per Pagesix.
“She never liked the idea that Christmas was just for a short period of time. In her mind, everybody should be giving gifts 24/7. That way we can shop all the time without any guilt. Shopping therapy was actually one of the best things for Carrie. It wasn’t so good for the bills later, but it was almost calming and soothing to her," he added.
He said that he had bought a Christmas present for his older sister in 2016 before she had boarded the flight that became her last. Fisher, who had a dark sense of humor, used to collect paintings of "ugly children." he said. "I happened to stumble on a very high-end oil painting of a very unattractive child. It was waiting for her, but she never got off the plane. So that painting now hangs on a wall, with the rest of her paintings," he added. The devoted brother honors her by ensuring that “Carrie’s tree is still up year-round in her house."
In 2019, he had a surprising experience when he found one last gift from her. In December 2019, he had been looking through Reynolds' desk drawers, looking for memorabilia to include in a pop-up museum of Carrie’s Star Wars items at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
"Everything Debbie cared the most about, in terms of personal letters, was in there. I’ve been through that drawer, several times," he said. However, this time, he found a piece of paper that left him surprised. There was a dedication page ripped from a book by the English writer Adrian Tinniswood and on the page in Carrie's handwriting was a message.
"Either it was something Carrie wrote long ago because she was doing a story on death, or it just materialized from beyond. She was writing as if she was dead and what it was like.”
According to him, the note said, "I am dead. How are you? I’ll see you soon … I would call and tell you what this is like, but there is no reception up here.' Then it says, 'Cut. New scene, new setup, new heavenly location. I have finally got the part that I have been rehearsing for all my life. God gave me the part. This is the end of the road I have been touring on all my life.'"
"It just blew my mind," Todd said. "I thought, 'Wow, why am I finding this right now?'"
Todd had attended the premiere of the 2019 Star Wars film and was asked how he dealt with his grief. What keeps him going is the faith that they all - his mother, his sister and him - shared. "The idea that we shall meet again, and they’re not far from you. They’re just in a different space or a different dimension. There are a lot of words you can attach to [that]. The word ‘force,’ for example, is [Star Wars creator] George Lucas’s choice word, but you could interchange the word ‘faith.’ I find a lot of that comforting, frankly," he said.