The Character: Royalty turned revolutionary, a capital-L Lady with a laser gun in her hand and a soft spot for rogues. Cool, even before you know she also has Jedi blood.
The Actress: Plenty of great actresses auditioned but there's a pleasing symmetry in the fact that novice Carrie Fisher was hired at the same age (19) her mother Debbie Reynolds was cast in Singin' In The Rain.
The Performance: Unlike the shrinking violets of B-movie sci-fi, Fisher's Princess won't get shit from anybody. Probably the fire is the actress' reaction to the indignity of having to put her hair into bagels and tape down her breasts. Her eventual reward? Flowing locks and a metal bikini.