One of the many reasons we're looking forward to the release of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" is that we'll finally get to see Princess Leia back in action. These days she prefers "General Leia," but whatever you call her, this bold heroine is one of the most important characters in the Star Wars universe.

To celebrate this return, here are seven interesting facts you might not know about the Princess of Alderaan and the actress who brought her to life.