During yesterday’s Grammy award ceremony, the late Carrie Fisher won a much-deserved Grammy for the audiobook recording of The Princess Diarist, her memoirs based on the diaries she kept while filming the first Star Wars. Fisher beat Bernie Sanders and Mark Ruffalo, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bruce Springsteen, and Shelly Peiken, who were also nominated in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
Though The Princess Diarist wasn’t at all the scandalous Star Wars behind-the-scenes peek that many people wanted, it was an intimate look into Fisher’s interiority while she originated one of the most iconic roles in film history. Fisher’s reading of the book that ultimately won her the Grammy is at times staid and at others almost exhausting in its joyful exuberance. In it, she dug into the ambivalence she had about portraying Princess Leia and the relationship that eventually developed between her and Harrison Ford during the first movie.
As the tribute video to Fisher played during her Grammy win, it was clear just how much of a missed presence the actress was, a sentiment her daughter Billie Lourd echoed in a timely Instagram post:
Fisher was an incredible talent and we’re glad she received this posthumous honour.