It’s been a little over two and a half years since Carrie Fisher passed away. In the immediate aftermath, people continue to share some amazing stories of how she touched their lives. And even while she was still with us, it was easy to see how much of an impact she could have on people that she might never have met, or just had a few moments with at a convention. There were always tweets, videos, and blog posts from people who had met her and what she said or did with them. And her most well-known character, Leia Organa, has even inspired a documentary series titled Looking for Leia that focuses on the women that are a part of the Star Wars fandom.
A Twitter thread that was shared just a day after Carrie passed away shared a few stories about how she could be found wandering the Artist Alley at many conventions she attended. People were able to track her across the con by watching Twitter for people saying how she had stopped by and bought their art or interacted with them.
Even people who weren’t the ones to have actually met Carrie Fisher often have heartwarming stories to share. One Tumblr user shared a story she overheard from a security guard who was working at a con that Carrie was at. The security guard was heard over a radio as the user was as they moved by a room and the guard was very excited because he had met Carrie and she’d let him hold her dog, Gary. The user didn’t meet Carrie in person, but hearing how excited someone else was over their experience touched this user enough for them to share the story. Similar stories can be found across Tumblr, Twitter, and other social media sites, especially from volunteers at conventions who may have passed her by in the halls.
Though she might have been most well-known as an actor, Carrie Fisher wrote books as well that still have an impact on many people’s lives. From discussing her childhood growing up in the public eye, her bipolar disorder, her past use of drugs, to her life as an actor, Carrie’s books and writing have left their impression on people who may only recently be reading her work for the first time. She addressed very personal topics in her books that many readers can relate to in different ways …
While she did write multiple books, Carrie was pretty active on her Twitter account as well. Plenty of words and funny snippets have remained for people to still read through or encounter for the first time. Fans still take inspiration from her tweets, immortalizing her with compilation posts of their favorites or editing a single tweet over a classic piece of art.
Perhaps one of the best things that people have shared about Carrie Fisher was the fact that she would “glitter bomb” people, from fans in line to other celebrities such as Anna Kendrick. She did this at conventions when people were getting her autograph, sometimes calling them over purposefully. Or even dumping glitter onto an audience during one of her stand-up shows several years ago! Glitter was something that she often wore to bring a little sparkle to herself when life was feeling dark. In one of her books she talked about how her therapist knew when she was having an off time based on how much glitter she would wear to her appointments, and she went on to share that with many people. With that in mind, people have taken to wearing it in honor of her memory or when they need a little something to help get through tough times.
Meeting Carrie Fisher for autograph @SW_Celebration Anaheim ’15 & discovering how genuine & kind she really was. Staff said NO PERSONALIZATION. She asked me for my name & I stupidly told her she couldn’t do that. She leans towards me & said “It’s Ok”
Then she glitter baptized me pic.twitter.com/rVkvOXzbNp
— 𝐑𝐞𝐝𝟓𝐌𝐨𝐦 (@Red5mom) August 18, 2019
It’s easy to see that Carrie Fisher’s left behind a strong legacy. Whether people knew her through Star Wars, through her writing, through Twitter, or some other means, she’s still impacting so many in positive ways. Even though it’s been almost three years, she will #CarrieOnForever, and there is something to be said about someone who can touch people so deeply, even though they may never have met her.