Tina Fey mourns Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher, the actress and writer who passed away today at the age of 60, made an indelible impression on Tina Fey. The Upper Darby born and raised comedian is a noted Star Wars fan and referenced George Lucas' creations numerous times on her sitcom 30 Rock.
Fey has a particular affection for Princess Leia. In a third season episode of 30 Rock, Fey's Liz Lemon donned the famous buns while trying to get out of jury duty.
Lemon donned the costume once again for her wedding, because it's the only white dress she owns:
Fey released a statement to Time about the impact Fisher had on her life:
Carrie Fisher meant a lot to me. Like many women my age, Princess Leia occupies about sixty percent of my brain at any given time. But Carrie's honest writing and her razor-sharp wit were an even greater gift. I feel so lucky that I got to meet her. I'm very sad she is gone.
Fey gave Fisher a role in the second season 30 Rock episode, "Rosemary's Baby," which happens to have one of the best Jack Donaghy lines ("Never go with a hippie to a second location."
In the episode, Fisher played glass-ceiling busting comedy writer/Liz Lemon idol/crazy shut-in Rosemary Howard. As the Daily Beast notes, many are remembering Fisher today as Leia, when she was also a prolific writer. Fey got to put that image of Fisher — no matter how skewed — onscreen.
"Rosemary's Baby" is one of Fey's favorite episodes, probably not only because she got Fisher to do this: