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March 18, 2020

Carrie Fisher in a Trash Can, New York City, 1980

Photos of Carrie Fisher taken by Douglas Kirkland in New York City while doing promotion for The Empire Strikes Back in 1980.

The Empire Strikes Back premiered at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on May 17, 1980, and was released in the United States on May 21, 1980. The film became the highest-grossing film of 1980. Though it was met with divided reviews, it is now regarded as the best film in the Star Wars saga and one of the greatest films ever made.

Fisher reprised her role as Princess Leia in The Empire Strikes Back, and appeared with her Star Wars co-stars on the cover of the July 12, 1980, issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film.

In 1983, Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, and posed in the character’s metal bikini on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film. The costume later achieved a following of its own.

(Photos by Douglas Kirkland)


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