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Published: Wed, July 19, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Billie Lourd pens touching speech about late mother Carrie Fisher

Billie Lourd pens touching speech about late mother Carrie Fisher

"I know if she were here this morning, she would've flipped me the bird at least twice this morning".

Earlier in the week, Carrie Fisher, whose death in December shocked the entire world, also earned a posthumous Emmy nomination for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series for her role in Catastrophe.

Established in 1987, the Disney Legends Awards used to be an annual private event.

On Friday, Fisher was given the Disney Legends Award at the D23 Expo, and Lourd was the one who was supposed to receive it on her behalf. She secretly wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would've been her ultimate dream.

Goldberg's other honors include an Emmy as host of AMC's "Beyond Tara: The Extraordinary Life of Hattie McDaniel", a Daytime Emmy for hosting "The View", a Grammy for "Whoopi Goldberg", an Oscar for supporting actress for "Ghost" and a Tony as a producer of the musical "Thoroughly Modern Millie". "We went to Disneyland so much that I now realise she might have even loved it more than I did", the letter read. The Disney Legends ceremony has been part of the D23 Expo since it was founded in 2009.

Just before Lee's honor, his longtime collaborator Jack Kirby was inducted as a Disney Legend. I'm so humbled and so grateful, and I love you all. He was more than a man, he was an inspiration.

Lee got emotional during his acceptance speech, recalling a time when he saved up money to buy a book about Walt Disney as a boy.

First up was Winfrey, who spoke fondly of the honor, calling it a tribute to "the common experience that we share".

"I am very glad to see this year's award winners", Ashley Gilmore, a Disney fan told Xinhua after the Awards ceremony, "I would not be more honor to see Mark Hamill, and to be here to honor Carrie Fisher".

Geronimi's sons accepted on their late father's behalf, noting he was an immigrant who had compassion for the underdog.

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