Woman of the Day: Vice Admiral Amilyn Holdo (from Leia: Princess of Alderaan, Cobalt Squadron, and The Last Jedi)
Amilyn Holdo was a human female from the planet Gatalenta. In her youth, Holdo served in the Apprentice Legislature of the Imperial Senate, where she became acquainted with Princess Leia Organa of Alderaan. During her time in the Apprentice Legislature, Holdo became friends with Organa, who confided with her about involvement with the rebellion against the Galactic Empire. By the year 34 ABY, Holdo became a Vice Admiral in Organa's Resistance during its war with the First Order, and was given command of the cruiser Ninka. Taking overall command of the Resistance after the deaths of most of the commanders and Organa's incapacitation, Holdo devised a plan to save the remaining personnel by evacuating them on transports while she stayed behind on the command ship to draw attention away from them. When the transports came under fire, Holdo piloted the heavy cruiser Raddus into position and jumped to lightspeed through Supreme Leader Snoke's flagship, the Mega-class Star Destroyer Supremacy. Her sacrifice allowed the remaining transports to reach the planet Crait, where they subsequently escaped to fight another day.
Holdo made her debut appearance exactly one year ago today in the Claudia Gray novel “Leia, Princess of Alderaan”, which is set 3 years before A New Hope. Holdo later went on to make her sole film appearance in Star Wars: The Last Jedi and was portrayed by Laura Dern.
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