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After a loved one dies, his or her birthday often becomes a day for sharing memories and mourning. On October 21, on what would have been the late Carrie Fisher's 61st birthday, daughter Billie Lourd took to Instagram to honor Fisher — not just as a talented actress and writer, but as a mom.
Lourd's post features a collage of scattered photographs, including a sweet snapshot of Fisher and a young Lourd posing in matching nightgowns. It's a humanizing portrait of a mother and daughter — a contrast to the larger-than-life Fisher many knew from her role as Princess Leia in "Star Wars."
Lourd further paid tribute to her mother by posting a photo of a new space tattoo near her ankle, similar to one that Fisher had on her own ankle. (Scroll through the post below for a comparison.)
Last month, Lourd told Ellen DeGeneres that the passing of mother Fisher and grandmother Debbie Reynolds — who died on consecutive days last December — was “completely surreal.”
“It’s so hard to talk about,” Lourd, 25, told DeGeneres. “I don’t know, if I say that I’m doing good, I’m too happy. And if I say that I’m not doing good, then I’m a mess. So it’s really hard to know what to say about it because it is just so surreal and impossible to deal with."
We can't imagine what Lourd has been through this year — but we're grateful to her for opening up and sharing her memories of her beloved mother.