Carrie Fisher, the actress who portrayed the daring and persistent Princess Leia in the Star Wars
films has died in Los Angeles at 60 years old. Her death came days after she reported to have a suffered a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday. The unfortunate news was confirmed in a statement released on behalf of her daughter, Billie Lourd, who said Fisher was “loved by the world” and “will be profoundly missed”.
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Fisher is survived by her mother, the veteran Hollywood star Debbie Reynolds, who has been by her side along with her close family over Christmas. Fisher, who had newly wrapped the filming of Star Wars: Episode VIII
, the second of three new Star Wars
films, was in the midst of a tour to promote her eighth book, an autobiography called The Princess Diarist
, when she suffered the medical emergency.
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As news of her death was announced, homages immediately poured in from actors and admirers. Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, her on-screen brother, said he was devastated, adding there were "no words". Harrison Ford said she was "one-of-a-kind" who lived her life “bravely", adding, "My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her mother Debbie, her brother Todd and her many friends. We will all miss her."
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George Lucas said, "Carrie and I have been friends most of our adult lives. She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colourful personality that everyone loved.”
To remember the gorgeous and feisty Carrie Fisher, here are some things you may not know about the bright and vivacious actress, that she is rather known for (besides Princess Leia):
She is a writer. In her memoir, The Princess Diarist
, she wrote: “I liked being Princess Leia. Or Princess Leia’s being me. Over time I thought that we’d melded into one. I don’t think you could think of Leia without my lurking in that thought somewhere. And I’m not talking about masturbation. So Princess Leia are us.”
Her first novel, the 1987 Postcards from the Edge
was a fictionalised version of her own struggles with drug addiction. The film adaptation, for which she wrote the screenplay, played off her own Hollywood background to an even greater extent and jump-started her role as Tinseltown's truth teller.
Fisher added new layers of depth to her fame, becoming a sought-after script doctor, writing eight books and turned one, Wishful Drinking
, into a one-woman Broadway show, starring herself, which then became an HBO special.
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Fisher made her Broadway debut in the 1973 revival of Irene
, which starred her mother, Debbie Reynolds. Fisher also starred in Censored Scenes from King Kong
, which opened in March 1980, and 1982's Agnes of God
, according to Broadway.com
From 1987 until 1989, she starred in the Australian film, The Time Guardian
. Additionally, she played supporting role in the film When Harry Met Sally
and as the wife of Tom Hanks in the film, The Burbs
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Fisher voiced Angela on Family Guy
. Angela was the head of the shipping department at the Pawtucket Brewery and Peter Griffin’s supervisor.
She made a cameo on 30 Rock
playing a washed-up feminist icon, who drinks wine from a Thermos all day – seemed like an interpretation of the darkest Carrie Fisher version of herself, but what other celebrity would be willing to make that kind of jab at their own life or career – while yelling to Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon: “You’re my only hope!”
She is sidesplitting funny on Twitter:
Her film credits include 1980's The Blues Brothers
, 1989's When Harry Met Sally
, 1997's Austin Powers
and 2003's Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
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Movies for which Fisher served as an uncredited script doctor include: Hook
(1991), Sister Act
(1992), The River Wild
(1994) and The Wedding Singer
(1998). She also polished scripts for the television series Young Indiana Jones
(1992), which was created by George Lucas.
She was hired by George Lucas to act as a script doctor for Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
(1999), Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones
(2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith
(2005), helping to polish the dialogue for all of the prequel scripts.
She is also known for her feminist quotes. We look back at some of her best, sharpest lines.
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“I got to be the only girl in an all boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women. She’s a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.” — On her role as Princess Leia
"I’m not as cooperative as you might want a woman to be… Every man, I think, or at least the ones I end up finding, there’s no such thing as a consort. All men are kings. That was my little discovery in the process… I really thought men’s fantasy is to have an intellectual geisha. So what I did was I learned to cook and I took a massage course. But that’s not all of it. You have to also agree.” — On her relationship with Paul Simon
“They want to hire part of me, not all of me. They want to hire three fourths, so I have to get rid of the fourth somehow. The fourth can’t be with me. I made a joke.” — On being asked to lose weight for
The Force Awakens
In spite of a 30-year writing career, so many bestsellers, and so many acclaimed scripts, Fisher will always be remembered largely for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars
trilogy and she will be dearly missed. #RIPCarrieFisher