Seattle fans remember life, legacy of Carrie Fisher

By: Essex Porter

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Nearly 40 years after the movie that introduced us to Princess Leia, we found people lining up two hours in advance to see the latest Star Wars movie at the Pacific Science Center

Kelli Haworth brought her children.

‘It was shocking because the last thing I heard was she was stable. So it was like, 'Oh great, she's going to be OK,' and then all of a sudden she's not stable anymore; it's just, she's gone.”

Carrie Fisher created a character who was a princess, but not a pushover.

“She's always been one of the strong female leads that's able to take care of herself and always ready to get what needs to be done, done,” said Sarah Bridges.

Bridges was one of the visitors who maybe lingered a bit longer than usual today with the Star Wars memorabilia at the Museum of Pop Culture,

Nothing from Princess Leia is on display at the moment, but Fisher is in the hearts of visitors.

Oh man, I was very upset,” said Matthew Bridges. “Devastated, I remember as a kid watching 'Return of the Jedi' and just remember, what is going on, again strong female presence.”

Fisher brought that strong presence to KIRO Television in 1990, when she talked about trying to stay in recovery from drug addiction.

“I don't think you ever just walk away and say, 'That was difficult but now I'm on to life and I'm really excited about it.' Well whoever I was that took drugs, I'm not very much different emotionally from that person, I'm just more in the habit of not doing it but I still want to do it,” she said.

Fans will miss her in the movies-- but will keep her in their lives,.

“The biggest thing I take from it is how generational they are,” Haworth said. “That it's awesome that we share them with our children and we know they're going to share them with their children.”

Beyond Star Wars, Carrie Fisher performed a play about her life at the Seattle Repertory Theatre.

And this coming March, she was scheduled to appear at the Emerald City Comicon, a convention for science fiction fans in Seattle.

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