Erupting from the screen for the very first time, Princess Leia Organa confronted the evil Darth Vader head on. With a determined resolve, she fights to the last until captured. Women Who Wow Wednesday wouldn’t be the same if I’d never written about the courageous Star Wars damsel.
I love Princess Leia. She was one of my first boyhood infatuations growing up. I don’t think any of us guys sat still watching Return of the Jedi at the theater. Who other than Princess Leia could have slaughtered the vile Jabba the Hutt in their bikini? It was every teenage boy’s dream.
Born to Padmé Amidala at Polis Massa, twins Leia and Luke went their separate ways, not by choice, but from fear. Jedi Masters Obi-Wan Kenobi and Yoda thought it would have been better to keep the children away from their father Anakin Skywalker. The torn Jedi Knight, corrupted by hatred, turned to the dark side of the force and became the feared Sith Lord Darth Vader of the newly-declared Galactic Empire.
When Darth Vader captures the beautiful princess on the ship Tantive IV, he has her tortured in an attempt to have her reveal the location of the secret technical plans of the empire’s newest weapon, the Death Star. The brave princess does not succumb to the Sith Lord’s interrogation methods. But when Grand Moff Tarkin, the Death Star’s commander, threatens to destroy her home planet Alderaan, she lies, still revealing nothing to the insidious members of the empire.
Remaining steadfast, Princess Leia shows little weakness other than her precipitous romance with gunslinger Han Solo. Even then, her emotional fortitude continues beyond the destruction of the Death Star. How does this princess of justice come to kill one of the most powerful Hutt gangsters in the galaxy?
On the planet Tatooine, the villainous Jabba the Hutt holds Leia’s Hans Solo captive in carbonite. In a strategic bid to rescue him, she poses as an Ubese bounty hunter named Boushh. Her offer: Chewbacca the wookiee for Hans Solo—while she holds a thermal detonator. Amused, Jabba let’s her stay the night as her guest. He later discovers Leia’s true identity and captures her, fits her with a chain around her neck and a metal bikini around her body. It isn’t until Jedi Knight Luke Skywalker rescues them that Princess Leia seizes the moment and strangles Jabba with the very chain he had bound her.
Unwavering in her beliefs, strong in her convictions, Princess Leia Organa stands against injustice against those who take it upon themselves to wish their will on others. She is a true Star Wars hero.
What do you like about Pricess Leia? Did you ever see Star Wars in the theater?