You Can Already Tell 19-Year-Old Carrie Fisher Would Become a Star from Her Audition Tape for Princess Leia

A role she was born to play.

C-3po, Dress, Armour, Trunk, Waist, Costume design, Sculpture, One-piece garment, Chest, Metal,
C-3po, Dress, Armour, Trunk, Waist, Costume design, Sculpture, One-piece garment, Chest, Metal,
(Image credit: Getty Images)

As celebrities and civilians alike reel from the news (opens in new tab) of her untimely death at age 60 (opens in new tab), Carrie Fisher's Star Wars audition tape has resurfaced to remind us that—even at 19—she was ready to leave a legacy.

In the black and white footage, Fisher reads for the part of Princess Leia opposite Harrison Ford, who was then nearly 15 years older than his future costar. Despite the age difference, she *more* than holds her own.

In a statement (opens in new tab) Tuesday, Ford commended Fisher. "Carrie was one of a kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely." 😢

Follow Marie Claire on F (opens in new tab)acebook (opens in new tab) for the latest celeb news, beauty tips, fascinating reads, livestream video, and more.

Chelsea Peng is a writer and editor who was formerly the assistant editor at MarieClaire.com. She's also worked for The Strategist and Refinery29, and is a graduate of Northwestern University. On her tombstone, she would like a GIF of herself that's better than the one that already exists on the Internet and a free fro-yo machine. Besides frozen dairy products, she's into pirates, carbs, Balzac, and snacking so hard she has to go lie down.