“No one’s ever really gone…” the Star Wars veteran captioned the post, quoting a line of dialogue that his own character, Luke Skywalker, tells Fisher’s Leia Organa in The Last Jedi. The tweet included two photos of Hamill and Fisher together—one from their youth and one from the filming of The Last Jedi—along with a majestically irreverent illustration of Fisher dressed in royal attire, flashing the middle finger with one hand and holding her dog, Gary Fisher, in the other.
— @HamillHimself (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2017
The dichotomy of the illustration aptly described Fisher’s own attitude toward life. The actress rocketed to fame as the cunning, feisty Princess Leia in 1977’s original Star Wars, but spoke candidly about her own struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction throughout her life. She became a noted mental health advocate and feminist role model, with a wicked sense of humor undercutting her own triumphs and tribulations.
Other fans quickly followed Hamill’s lead, posting photos, gifs, and fan art of Fisher using the hashtags #AlwaysWithUs and #CarrieOnForever. Some quoted a passage from the star’s 2008 memoir, Wishful Drinking, in which she makes a request for her own obituary: “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
See some of the most touching Carrie Fisher tributes below.
— Brittany (@cosimassestra) December 27, 2017
I got to meet Carrie Fisher at a signing once. I was suited up as Boba Fett and got to escort her to the table. As I did so she leaned back and told me" I'm not saying that I'm drunk. But it's your job to catch me if I start to fall down today." #StarWars #CarrieOnForever pic.twitter.com/QHbu9iosPH
— Chris Gutierrez (@bullyart07) December 27, 2017
Leia was always a role model for me, but Carrie Fisher became one to me after her passing when I decided to get over my distaste for books and read some of hers. It wasn't until then that I realized we were kindred spirits. She should have been my therapist. #CarrieOnForever
— Melanie. (@Mittens_OP) December 27, 2017
One year ago we lost our Hero, our General, our Princess, Carrie Fisher.
We will never forget her, or stop finding inspiration and strength in her art and humor.
— Katie (@ChikSolo) December 27, 2017
— anna (@artsykylo) December 27, 2017
@carrieffisher as Leia had been my first woman role model. Showed me how not only should we be brave and fight for ourselves and what we believe in but you should never let anyone take away what makes you… you. #CarrieOnForever pic.twitter.com/dklX768J7z
— Jazmine Starr (@JazmineVSworld) December 27, 2017
— Get Pinned Art (@getpinnedart) December 27, 2017