During an emotional 'In Memoriam' segment, Mark honors Carrie, saying that Hollywood lost 'legends of the stage, artists from behind the scenes, princes of show business, and a princess.'
Mark Hamill bid farewell once again to Carrie Fisher. The actor took the stage at the 71st Annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Sunday, June 11 to pay special tribute to his dearest friend and "Star Wars" co-star.
During Tony Awards' emotional "In Memoriam" segment, the 65-year-old actor honored Carrie, who died in December at age 60. "This past year, we lost many beloved members of our theatrical family. Legends of the stage, artists from behind the scenes, princes of show business, and a princess," Mark opened his speech, subtly referring to Carrie's iconic role as Princess Leia in "Star Wars" movies.
Mark continued, "They inspired a generation of theater lovers projecting strength, resilience, and integrity. We'll cherish their passion and their expertise that made Broadway what it is today and their indomitable spirit that continues to influence what it strives to become tomorrow."
The actress and writer died a few days after she had a heart attack onboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. The following day, Carrie's mother Debbie Reynolds died from a stroke. During her life, Carrie was known for her work both on screen and on Broadway. She brought her one-woman show, "Wishful Drinking", to Broadway in 2009.
Mark, who portrays Luke Skywalker in the "Star Wars" movie series, previously revealed that Fisher's death was too much for him to comprehend. "I can't say that phrase… Carrie's name and then the d-word. Because I think of her in the present tense. Maybe it's a form of denial, but she's so vibrant in my mind, and so vital a part of the family, that I can't imagine it without her... It's just so untimely, and I'm so angry," the actor said.