Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill Named Disney Legends at D23 Expo

The late actress and the comic book icon making his first public appearance since the death of his wife Joan were among those feted at D23

Finally, Lourd thanked everyone for the wonderful honor and expressed her sorrow at being unable to attend herself. Disney chief Bob Iger spoke of her "talent, wit and friendship" and decribed Fisher's final "Star Wars" performance as "legendary".

The Star Wars actress, who died after suffering a heart attack in December 2016, was honoured posthumously with a Legend award from Walt Disney during the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California.

"Disney and I go way back, since I was a little kid, I mean way back", Goldberg said. "Instead, I got to take her. Disney made you feel that no matter where you came from, you were welcome". Iger not only promoted the company's latest movies, television shows, and theme parks he teased #Carrie Fisher's last appearance in a "Star Wars" franchise film. "She would be making me laugh and be off camera extending her middle finger - one of her favorite gestures", Hamill said.

Mark Hamill is all smiles on the red carpet before accepting a Disney Legends award at D23 Expo in Anaheim, on Friday, July 14, 2017. "The good and the bad!" "I was so obsessed with Ariel that I wanted to change my name", Lourd wrote. "We would fight - but we loved each other".

"I wish I could be there to accept this award on her behalf, but unfortunately, I am now working on 'American Horror Story, '" her speech concluded.

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"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".

'We could rely on each other, and there was a deep respect.

Fisher and Hamill were among several Disney figures, including Oprah Winfrey and Whoopie Goldberg, honored at the "Legends Awards" event, in its 30th year.

Other notable people who became Disney Legends included Disneyland ride creator Wayne Jackson and theater and film director Julie Taymor.

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