“Star Wars” fans around the country gathered to honor the late Carrie Fisher with lightsaber tributes fit for a princess and captain.
Fisher, best known for playing Princess Leia Organa in the original “Star Wars” trilogy, died Tuesday at the age of 60. She was hospitalized days earlier after reportedly suffering a heart attack during a flight from London to Los Angeles. A day later, her mother, Hollywood icon Debbie Reynolds, died at the age of 84.
A public event posted to Facebook called for “Star Wars” fans to gather Wednesday night in Downtown Disney District in Anaheim, California. Folks who attended the vigil posted photos and videos from the Disneyland tribute.
“There were a bounty of emotions, shared memories, and a loving appreciation for a remarkable human being,” Instagram user James B. Bones wrote in a post.
Event organizer Jeff Rowan told The Hollywood Reporter that he created the event to see if it would catch on. It certainly did, with hundreds of supporters sharing the post while a thousand Facebook users said they were interested in the event.
The Alamo Drafthouse in Littleton, Colorado, will host a lightsaber vigil Friday night. The company also said it plans to screen some of Fisher’s non-”Star Wars” films. The San Antonio location will host free memorial screenings of “The Blues Brothers” throughout the weekend, while the Drafthouse in Omaha will hold two “in memoriam” screenings of “The Burbs” and “When Harry Met Sally” in early January.
Colorado’s Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum in Denver also announced it was hosting a lightsaber vigil in Fisher’s honor Wednesday.
Fans in Tempe, Arizona, were invited to join in a memorial saber walk Friday organized by Phoenix pop culture group the Blue Ribbon Army Social Club. As with all vigils, fans were encouraged to bring lightsabers and dress in “Star Wars” gear.
Wherever you are, may the force be with you.