Carrie Fisher Honored at D23 as Disney Legend

Whoopi Goldberg Revealed as Surprise Disney Legend Honoree at D23 Expo

Whoopi Goldberg Revealed as Surprise Disney Legend Honoree at D23 Expo

The Star Wars actress and comic book creator were among those named Disney Legends during a ceremony at D23 in Anaheim Friday, where her Star Wars co-star Mark Hamill was also honored. "There was a comfort level with each other, we could rely on each other, and there was a deep respect". Then, pivoting, Hamill confessed, "If she were here, she would have flipped me the bird at least twice already". What's better than this for a Disney-phile? "We'd have huge fights - 'You're such a phony!' - but we loved each other".

While the names of all the honorees were previously announced, veteran actress Whoopi Goldberg was revealed as a surprise Disney legend at the prestigious ceremony hosted by the companys CEO and chairman Bob Iger.

While Iger was mum on any juicy details about "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - though, some information is expected to be released throughout the weekend at D23 - he said Fisher "brought her trademark strength, heart and her humor to the role, in a truly, truly legendary performance".

Singer Anika Noni Rose, a Disney legend herself, then graced the ceremony with her lovely rendition of "Go the Distance", a song from 1997 animated musical fantasy comedy "Hercules".

"I feel the same way about my work with Disney since 1984, launching 'The Oprah Winfrey Show, '" Winfrey said.

Stan Lee has won plenty of awards over the years, but since he grew up idolizing Walt Disney, this one is special. "Thank you again, and may the force be with you always".

Fishers daughter Billie Lourd was expected to attend the ceremony but she unfortunately couldnt make it as the young actress is now shooting.

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

"She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess", Lourd wrote.

"I loved her. And we were like siblings, the good and the bad".

"When they told me, I said: 'Are you sure they're not wanting Mark Harmon or Jon Hamm or even Dorothy Hamill?'" he said.

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