Princess Leia! Carrie Fisher movie memorabilia added to Star Wars exhibit in Ventura County

A war of stars An exhibition of memorabilia from the legendary film series has been attracting many visitors to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley for months.

“It brings back a lot of memories,” said Rick Savers, an Arizona native visiting the presidential library for the first time and said the Star Wars exhibit is a huge bonus.

“It was incredible… wonderful to see,” Savers said.

Everything is there, from lightsabers to Darth Vader’s helmet.

But now the exhibition has taken a new turn. Todd Fischer, Carrie Fisher’s brother, has loaned the exhibition two dozen artifacts from the family’s private collection. The items range from Fisher’s original scripts from two of the films to her director’s chair. And perhaps the most infamous object is the metal bikini she wore Return of the Jediwhen Princess Leia was kept as a slave.

The controversial metal bikini of actress Carrie Fisher from the film "The Empire Strikes Back" is one of the newest additions to the Star Wars exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

Actress Carrie Fisher’s controversial metal bikini from the film The Empire Strikes Back is one of the newest additions to the Star Wars exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

“The war of stars “The story is part of the American fabric,” Fisher said. “In my opinion, it’s probably one of the most influential films of all time. I could name other films… you could name Casablanca, for example. Very important films. But let’s be honest. war of stars has addicted every generation since the film was made.”

Fisher says it was his mother who first realized the importance of movie memorabilia.

“My mother (Debby Reynolds) was the greatest collector of memorabilia in the world,” Fisher said. “She raised Carrie and me with that awareness and appreciation.”

When the film industry refused to help, Reynolds collected a number of cinema treasures. She opened museums in Las Vegas and later in Hollywood, but was later forced to sell much of her collection.

But the family still had some items, and Todd and Carrie added to the collection. When he heard about the exhibition at the Reagan Library, he was excited and borrowed about two dozen war of stars related articles. The additional articles were issued this week.

“We are incredibly excited to bring more authentic artifacts to the museum,” said Janet Tran, director of the Presidential Library and Museum.

Senior museum curator Randy Swan says they changed the exhibit to accommodate the Fisher family artifacts. “We created the original exhibit,” Swan said. He said when Todd volunteered to help, they were excited to redesign things for the additions.

A crowd is there as the new version of the exhibition opens. People are excited when they realize Todd Fisher is there. He admits that he gets interesting questions because of his mother and sister’s legacy.

“Seven-year-olds come up to me and ask if I’m Princess Leia’s brother,” Fisher laughed.

The exhibition is a mixture of things with the war of stars Name. There are the items from the film series, which include everything from lightsabers to a landspeeder that was used in one of the films.

There are also artifacts from Ronald Reagan’s controversial defense initiative, which the media portrayed as war of starsbecause it required the development of new futuristic technologies. The idea is to offer visitors a mixture of entertainment and political history under the war of stars Banner.

Defending America and the Galaxy: Star Wars and SDI The exhibition runs until September 8th.