Disney Legend: Whoopi Goldberg gets honor

Following the presentation, Disney CEO Robert Iger delivered a tribute, saying, "Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise as you saw from the very beginning, and she will always hold a very special place in our hearts, and the hearts of fans around the world". Unfortunately, the 24-year-old actress wasn't able to make it to the event due to her "American Horror Story" commitment.

"We all miss her talent, her wit and her friendship", he said to the crowd at the biennial celebration of all things Disney. We'd have huge fights, [saying] "You're such a phoney, ' but we loved each other and what a great thrill it was to come back for 'The Force Awakens" at that time in our lives.

Goldberg confessed to being a Disney fan since she was a child.

Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, attended the event while wearing a white gown that honored Fisher's wardrobe from the first film. Carrie played Princess Leia Organa, Luke's twin, in Star Wars. Although Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd couldn't attend the ceremony, she wrote a ideal tribute to her mother's career and love of Disney in general.

'Becoming part of the Disney family was an fantastic moment for her. "She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would have been her ultimate dream", she wrote.

Disney Legends inductees included Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Garry Marshall for contributions in film, Clyde Geronimi for contributions in animation, Whoopi Goldberg and Oprah Winfrey for contributions in film and television, Manuel Gonzales and Jack Kirby for contributions in publishing, Julie Taymor for theatrical contributions, Wayne Jackson for contributions in Imagineering and Stan Lee for contributions in film and publishing.

Carrie Fisher and Stan Lee are officially legends. We were like siblings, the good and the bad. If she were here, she would have flipped me the bird at least twice already'.

Vanessa Coleman

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