In Harrison Ford’s previous statement on Christmas Eve to The Hollywood Reporter once Carrie Fisher’s heart attack had been announced he said;
“I’m shocked and saddened to hear the news about my dear friend, our thoughts are with Carrie, her family and friends.”
My Tribute – Meeting The Princess
I was lucky enough to meet Carrie Fisher twice and she was everything I dreamed she would be and more, her naughty sense of humour came across immediately, and she clearly relished giving the fans the best experience she could. I first met her at London Film and Comic Con in 2014, these situations with stars of her calibre are always brief due to the sheer volume of people, but she made mine particularly unique. I had prepared an image of her in the gold bikini and upon asking who it was to, I gave her my name and told her I wanted her to write “something naughty.” She looked up with a glint in her eye and said, “Okay.” As someone who rarely gets star struck I was reduced to jelly when I saw what she had written;
“Love to Paddy. My one true love and sex partner. Carrie Fisher.”
Later that day when I was to have my photo taken with her, and Gary the dog (see below), it eventually came to my moment. I put my arm around her ready to pose, then she put her hand on my face and pressed my head onto hers in such a sweet way. As the photo was about to be taken I said; “Carrie it’s me your one true love and sex partner.” She said; “Oh that’s what I wrote to you, ha ha ha!” I could only respond by giggling like a school girl and saying “I love you.”
A Stolen Moment
My first ever Star Wars Celebration in London this year was an amazing experience, and like many other fans I queued from the early hours of the morning to be in the room for Carrie Fisher’s panel. After about 15 minutes Warwick Davies brought up the subject of selfies and suggested that the audience help out with a world record selfie attempt. As the small group of chosen fans were gathered together right in front of me I jumped out of my seat and joined them, either nobody noticed or batted an eyelid (thanks Mark M Daniel), because the next minute I was on stage and was the last to take a selfie onstage with the princess and Warwick!
Here I am on the live stream
This was to be our last meeting, my hope was that we could meet a third time and I could interview her for the Finding Ford documentary, unfortunately that was not to be. I couldn’t afford the time or money to travel down to London for her recent signing just two weeks ago, so I sent a local friend Sinead in my stead, who very kindly got The Princess Diarist signed for me, and to be my Christmas gift from my parents. I have not yet been able to open it.
Carrie will be in our hearts forever, she was clever, funny, talented, an icon to girls and boys everywhere, and our Star Wars family will never be the same again. I didn’t know her personally no, but she has been part of my life since 1977, and I am devastated. So long princess, I loved you dearly.
Her final gift to me
“I want to be with Carrie.”
I was very sad to learn the news this morning that Carrie Fisher’s mother, and screen legend, Debbie Reynolds joined her daughter just one day after her death suffering a stroke at 84. Debbie’s last words were; “I want to be with Carrie….” The above image taken in 1963 depicts a young Carrie watching Debbie performing, and I did previously share their appearance on Oprah Winfrey in 2011 together, but this has been deleted from You Tube. Below is a clip from Bright Lights which tells you everything you need to know about thier close relationship. My thoughts are with their family and friends as they are reunited together. P