This past Tuesday marked the abrupt and tragic death of beloved author and actress Carrie Fisher. This archival footage of Fisher’s original audition for her breakout role in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, which catapulted both her and her co-star, Harrison Ford, to international fame, might be the one thing that can cheer us up.
Looking back at the decades-old footage, it’s no wonder Fisher went on to portray one of the most universally recognizable and beloved characters in film history, Princess Leia. Although, at the time of the audition, Fisher later recalled, she thought the part was going to go to Jodie Foster. And, when she was at last cast, Fisher told Good Housekeeping the film’s producers asked her to lose 35 pounds. “They don’t want to hire all of me—only about three-quarters!”
Check out Fisher’s powerful audition, full of her signature intensity and wit, below.