What Are Some Facts About Princess Leia?


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Princess Leia Organa is a character in the Star Wars series, played by Carrie Fisher. She is the twin sister of Luke Skywalker and the daughter of Darth Vader.

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Princess Leia first appeared in "Star Wars," released in 1977. In the film, she is the leader of the Rebel Alliance, and contacts Obi-Wan Kenobi, a famous Jedi, for assistance through a droid named R2-D2. She is ultimately aided by Luke Skywalker, a farm boy from the desert planet of Tatooine, later revealed to be her twin brother, as they were separated at birth. Their father, Darth Vader, is the primary antagonist of "Star Wars," as well as its sequels, "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Return of the Jedi."

Leia's primary love interest is Han Solo, a smuggler and thief introduced in "Star Wars." Han is initially self-centered and arrogant, but he changes over the course of the film, earning the respect and friendship of Leia and Luke. The burgeoning romance between Leia and Han is one of the major subplots of "The Empire Strikes Back," culminating in Han's capture by the Galactic Empire. Han is rescued in "Return of the Jedi," and he and Leia proclaim their love for each other. Leia's most recent film appearance is in "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," released on Dec. 18, 2015.

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