In the 1970’s, early 1980’s she was a sci-fi fanboy pinup for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars series, has sadly died aged 60.
It was only a few days ago on Christmas Eve the American actress suffered a heart attack on a flight back home from London to Los Angeles. She was rushed to the city’s UCLA Hospital and over Christmas Day it looked like there was hope the actress would pull through. Social media statements from her brother Todd Fisher and her Mother Debbie Reynolds both said she was doing really well.
Sadly in the past few hours, her daughter Billie Lourd announced her mother had passed away. She released the following statement…
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 (1655 GMT) this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
It’s been a terrible for celebrity deaths no just in movie and Television but also music with the shocking death of musician George Michael on Christmas evening. Fisher’s role as Leia is iconic and a character who will be known through generations of families. 40 years after Star Wars A New Hope, she returned to the franchise with Star Wars: The Force Awakens as General Leia as the Rebellion faced a new threat alongside several of the original cast members.
Born 1956 Carrie Fisher made her debut in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo (1975) alongside Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Julie Christie. It was her next movie Star Wars: A New Hope that would make her a household name worldwide as the princess that led the rebellion against the Empire.
She would also go on to star in several big movies such as The Blues Brothers, Hannah And Her Sisters, The ‘Burbs and When Harry Met Sally. There was a small matter of saving the rebellion in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi. In between the Star Wars sequels she starred in Broadway in Agnes Of God in 1982.
She was also a writer with her first novel Postcards From The Edge was later adapted for film by Mike Nicholls starring Meryl Streep which she wrote the screenplay for. She would go on to write 5 other books a mixture of fiction and non-fiction with the most recent been The Princess Diarist which she was promoting in the UK before her death.
She was an advocate of promoting Mental Health awareness something she suffered herself with bi-polar disorder, an inspirational figure for other sufferers.
More recently she has made a comeback appearing in many TV Shows Weeds, Entourage, The Big Bang Theory, 30 Rock, Catastrophe and Family Guy, She recently completed her scenes for Star Wars: Episode 8 which is due out Christmas 2017.
Here’s hoping 2017 will be a better year. Our condolences to all Carrie Fisher’s Family and close relations.