It’s Actually Dr. General Princess Leia Organa, PhD, According to George Lucas
Somehow, the world missed a wonderful revelation from George Lucas in 2004: on top of all of her considerable accomplishments, Leia got a doctorate when she was 19.
The University of Glasgow’s Dr. Becca Harrison was reading Carolyn Cocca’s book Superwomen: Gender, Power, and Representation when she came across the Dr. Organa info, which Lucas had dropped during 2004 commentary on A New Hope.
Hang on wait what… Leia had a PhD in Star Wars? Christ can you imagine having everyone call you Princess when you were actually Dr Organa pic.twitter.com/HYertPJqWU
— Dr Becca Harrison (@BeccaEHarrison) August 4, 2017
“She’s like a very sophisticated, urbanized ruler, a senator, so she’s a politician,” Lucas explained of everyone’s favorite space leader. “She’s accomplished, graduated, got her Ph.D. at 19 and she rules people.” The description of Leia’s accomplishments was made in contrast to her twin brother, Luke Skywalker, who Lucas calls “an idealist naive farm boy from the far reaches of the netherlands.”
Needless to say, many of us were excited and thrilled at the news of Dr. Organa, which generated so many tweets that it became a Twitter moment.
Where is my standalone Dr. Organa prequel movie where Leia earns her PhD? https://t.co/XbB6fYvhxD
— Sophie Hamilton (@Sophia_etc) August 5, 2017
Sign me the hell up for this. Sign me up to write this film. I already have headcanons.
leia had a PhD at nineteen I’m shook to the core I’m hairless she’s a legend
— leia orgayna (@kaydelko) August 5, 2017
And just when you thought the most iconic woman in outer space couldn’t possibly become more legendary, in comes Leia, like, “Let me show you a thing.” And that thing is her doctorate.
George Lucas: These guys are space monk wizards with magic laser swords
Me: Okay, cool.
George Lucas: Leia has a PhD at age 19
— Spigon Ruxide (@ruxide) August 5, 2017
I have so many questions about Leia’s doctoral achievement. What did she study? Where did she study? Can you imagine Leia passionately defending her dissertation and then graduating without revisions? I can, and I will, and I am at current. Is there anything that this woman couldn’t do?
if you think leia’s phd is in interstellar relations is she a
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) August 6, 2017
Princess Leia had a PhD and yet we’re stuck getting a movie about actual hobo Han Solo https://t.co/3iXvYoka18
— Naomi (@nayhomes) August 6, 2017
Her Most Excellent Highness Princess General Dr Ambassador Senator Leia Organa PhD MC etc etc
— Fight fascism now! (@LondonerAlex) August 4, 2017
i cant believe leia got her phd at nineteen she did That™
— chiara (@dianassteve) August 5, 2017
(via THR, image: Lucasfilm)
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