Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee & Whoopi Goldberg honoured as Disney Legends

Carrie Fisher, Stan Lee & Whoopi Goldberg honoured as Disney Legends

"I loved Walt Disney so".

Also in attendance for the ceremony was Oprah Winfrey.

"Carrie has been an iconic part of the Star Wars franchise and will always hold very special place in our hearts", said Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. He explained, 'there was a comfort level with each other. "But, she would also want us to be having a good time and not be sad".

Fisher ― who died at the age of 60 in December ― and her co-star have been friends since they played twins Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in the epic sci-fi saga, starting with Star Wars Episode V: A New Hope in 1977. "She certainly left a mark on the world, and on our company". This December, we will release her final film, Star Wars: "The Last Jedi", he said.

Billie Lourd penned a heartfelt speech to honor her late mother Carrie Fisher at the D23 Legends Awards! I was so obsessed with Ariel that I wanted to change my name.

Lourd added this was an "ultimate dream" of her mother.

The D23 paid homage to Winfrey and her long history of work in the movies and television. After learning that he had worked at the park for 42 years, Winfrey asked what kept him around. What's better than this for a Disney-phile?

She's a host of "The View", which airs at 11 a.m. weekdays on Disney-owned ABC.

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 loved her and we were like siblings".

"May the force be with you always", she wrote, winning an ovation from the audience of around 5,000 packed into the Anaheim Convention Center in southern California.

"Instead, I got to take her", Goldberg said. Earlier in the ceremony, Anika Noni Rose sang the song "Go the Distance" from "Hercules". "Disney made you feel that no matter where you came from, you were welcome".

Taymor, known for directing "The Lion King" musical, wrapped the awards by surprising the guests with a performance from the Broadway cast.

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