But Hollywood, the Dream Factory, has its own kind of royalty.
And, there was a young lady who not only had movie royalty in her bloodline but who also played a princess on the big screen. She really was a sort of all-too-human royalty.
She was Carrie Fisher, now dead at the age of 60 after suffering a massive heart attack aboard an airplane just a few days ago.
Carrie Frances Fisher (October 21, 1956 – December 27, 2016) was the star-crossed daughter of the legendary actress and entertainer Debbie Reynolds and the 1950s Philadelphia-born crooner Eddie Fisher.
Fisher revealed in another interview that she took cocaine during the filming of The Empire Strikes Back. "Slowly, I realized I was doing a bit more drugs than other people and losing my choice in the matter," she noted. In 1985, after months of sobriety, she accidentally overdosed on a combination of prescription medication and sleeping pills. She was rushed to the hospital, creating the turn of events that led to much of the material in her novel and screenplay, Postcards from the Edge. Asked why she didn't take on the role of her story's protagonist, named Suzanne, in the film version, Fisher remarked, "I've already played Suzanne."
In 2016, Harvard College gave Fisher its Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, noting that "her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy."
Inasmuch as there is no natural genetic successor to Hollywood royalty, there is no one -- absolutely no one -- who can or will replace Carrie Fisher.
She was inimitable.