"I loved her. We were like siblings".
The force was strong at the opening presentation of D23, where 10 artists were honored as Disney Legends.
As a Disney Legend, Mark joins the likes of Tim Allen, Lea Salonga, Anika Noni Rose, and Dick Van Dyke, who were honored with the award for their contributions to The Walt Disney Company.
While Iger was mum on any juicy details about "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" - though, some information is expected to be released throughout the weekend at D23 - he said Fisher "brought her trademark strength, heart and her humor to the role, in a truly, truly legendary performance".
Iger read out a letter from her daughter, the actress Billie Lourd, who is now filming the FX series American Horror Story.
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Jackson, known for his work on Disney attractions including The Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean, accepted his honor, saying, "In my 37 years with Imagineering, I had the honor of working with some very talented, creative architects and engineers that created attractions that have been enjoyed by so many people around the world".
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Fishers daughter Billie Lourd was expected to attend the ceremony but she unfortunately couldnt make it as the young actress is now shooting.
The letter read: 'As far back as I can remember, my mom and I have been Disney fanatics.
"She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess", Lourd wrote.
"Becoming part of the Disney family was truly an incredible moment for her", she continued, "She secretly always wanted to be a Disney princess, so getting to be a Disney princess and a Disney legend would have been her ultimate dream".
Lourd added this was an "ultimate dream" of her mother.
LOS ANGELES, July 15 ― Star Wars icon Mark Hamill paid emotional tribute to his "space sis" Carrie Fisher yesterday, as both were bestowed with Disney's "Legend" status at the entertainment giant's D23 fan convention.