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"As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics", it read. We went to Disneyland so much that I now realise she might have even loved it more than I did.

"I'm trying to find a way to get people to start having conservations about bringing Song of the South back", she said of the film, which Disney has kept locked in its vault, refusing to issue either digitally or on disc. Billie Lourd penned a touching letter to be read at the ceremony (which she was unable to attend).

"To me he was more than a man, he was an inspiration", he said.

To hear Lourd say that Fisher's dream of becoming a Disney princess had finally come true was beyond flawless. The one-year anniversary of Shanghai Disney Resort was also celebrated, which drew in over 12 million guests to the park in China.

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars actress and role model for women everywhere, just received an awesome award.

"Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an awesome moment for her", the speech continued.

A fixture of daytime television in recent years has been named a Disney Legend, with the official honor to be bestowed today at D23 Expo: The Ultimate Disney Fan Event.

Fisher - who died at the age of 60 in December - and her co-star have been friends since they played twins Princess Leia and Luke Skywalker in the epic sci-fi saga, starting with "Star Wars Episode V: A New Hope" in 1977.

"We were like siblings, the good and the bad". "If she was here, she would have flipped me the bird at least twice already".

A big part of every D23 convention is the Disney Legends Awards, where the company honors its own, celebrating artists and executives who have made major contributions to the Walt Disney Company.

Other legends who were honored at the event included Whoopi Goldberg, Oprah Winfrey, the late Garry Marshall, Stan Lee and Julie Taymor.