In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

Carrie Fisher, the iconic Princess from a little movie called “Star Wars” has tragically died today at the age of 60.  Carrie Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California in 1956 to singer Eddie Fisher and mother actress Debbie Reynolds.  At a young age, Fisher was enamored by reading and spent much of her childhood getting lost in books.  She was fascinated by tales of fantasy, castles, princesses and other sweeping stories which earned her nickname “bookworm.”  She spent a lot of time reading classic literature and poetry which would carry over to her adult life as a writer.  Until the age of 15, Carrie attended Beverly Hills High school before she took a small part in the Broadway hit revival of “Irene.”  The rigorous activity prevented Carrie from carrying on with her studies and she never graduated from high school.  In 1973, Fisher enrolled in London’s Central School of Speech and Drama before obtaining a debut role in the 1973 film “Shampoo.”  And then in 1977 she made her most iconic role to date as Princess Leia in George Lucas’s science fiction epic “Star Wars,” later titled “Episode IV A New Hope.”  The “Star Wars” saga is and was her most iconic role to date and is one of the most iconic roles for women in all of cinema.  Princess Leia, even though at times sexualized, was a very strong, independent character who was headstrong, at times badass and extremely noble and such a great role model for young women and an inspiration for female empowerment in the cinema.  No one will ever forget her cinnamon bun hairstyle or her copper clad bikini from “Return of the Jedi.”  These images of Fisher have never shaken filmgoers as Princess Leia was most 10 year old boys’ dream crush fantasy.

Fisher later starred in films such as “When Harry Met Sally,” and “Austin Powers,” showing her comedic side with her wit and perfect timing.  Fisher was not only beautiful but she was funny and knew how to play a lot of humor in other roles besides Princess Leia.  Carrie also had a very sad personal life in which she struggled with drugs, alcoholism and bipolar disorder.  She had an affair with Harrison Ford during the filming of “A New Hope” and she had a short fling with talent agent Bryan Lourd with whom they had a child, Billie.  Carrie wrote many memoirs about her life, the most popular being Wishful Drinking which was adapted into an HBO standup series.  In 2015, Fisher reprised her iconic role as Princess Leia, alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford in the “Star Wars” revival “The Force Awakens.”  Fisher was pleased to take on the iconic princess role once again in a nostalgic reboot of the franchise.  Fisher, along with Luke’s Mark Hamill have been in the spotlight at comic cons, Star Wars Celebrations and other fan expo’s for decades as they enjoy the fans and the “Star Wars” family.  Fisher will once again grace the screen one last time in Rian Johnson’s untitled “Episode VIII” which comes out December of 2017.  It will be a day long remembered, and like Padme Amidala who was Leia’s mother in the “Star Wars” saga, Leia will become one with the force.  Fisher is remembered by her closest friends, family, daughter Billie and her mesmerizing dog Gary as one of the great screen legends and Princesses.  Fisher had a heart attack on December 23, flying home from London to Los Angeles.  She tragically died days later.  Carrie Fisher is one with the Force…and the Force will forever be with her.

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