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Watch Carrie Fisher's Star Wars audition

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Emmy Griffiths
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A recording of Carrie Fisher auditioning the now-iconic role of Princess Leia has emerged following the star's sad passing on Tuesday.

In the video, Carrie can be seen wearing a turtleneck jumper and a long skirt as she runs lines with Harrison Ford, reciting an early version of the script for the first instalment of the Star Wars saga, A New Hope. Aged just 19 when she starred in the first incredibly popular sci-fi film and with only two acting credits to her name, the star had previousy opened up about her experience auditioning for the role, admitting she thought that the part would go to fellow actress, Jodie Foster.

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In the behind-the-scenes book The Making of Star Wars: The Definitive Story Behind the Original Film, Carrie said: "That day I think they had ten or fifteen people. They had me do it a couple of different ways: conversational and then arch. They taped a rehearsal and they taped another one, and there was very little direction – and I thought, 'There is no way that I have it.' I didn't hear anything for about three weeks, so I thought, 'Well, I'm not going to get to have lunch with monsters.'"

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Carrie auditioned with Harrison

The actress's co-star Mark Hamill has paid tribute to the actress on Twitter, posting a message which read: "It's never easy to lose such a vital, irreplaceable member of the family, but this is downright heartbreaking. Carrie was one-of-a-kind who belonged to us all – whether she liked it or not…I am grateful for the laughter, the wisdom, the kindness…my beloved space-twin gave me through the years. Thanks Carrie." Harrison Ford also paid tribute, releasing a statement which read: "Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely…We will all miss her."

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