Carrie Fisher (Princess Leah from Star Wars) Leaves Us To Early

Carrie Fisher died this morning at the age of 60. She had suffered a heart attack Friday while she was onboard a flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher was an actress and a writer. She was best known by far for her role as Princess Leia in the “Star Wars” movies.

Fisher, the daughter of the actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, died on Tuesday, four days after suffering a major cardiac arrest on board a flight from London to Los Angeles.

Her family gave no details on the emergency, but media reports said she had suffered a heart attack.

“Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter,” her mother wrote on her Facebook page late on Tuesday.

“I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love Carries Mother.”

Fisher made her feature film debut opposite Warren Beatty in the 1975 hit Shampoo. She also appeared in the hit movies Austin Powers, The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters and When Harry Met Sally.

But Fisher is best remembered as the headstrong Princess Leia in the original Star Wars in 1977, her hair styled in futuristic braided buns.

She reprised the role in Episode VII of the series, Star Wars: The Force Awakens in 2015, and her digitally rendered image appears in the latest instalment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“She was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved,” Star Wars creator George Lucas said in a statement.

She published multiple books, including a memoir, “The Princess Diarist.” Fisher also was known around Hollywood as a script doctor, having worked on such films as “The Wedding Singer” and “Sister Act.”

“In Star Wars she was our great and powerful princess – feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more difficult than most people might think.”

Her Star Wars co-star Harrison Ford said in a statement: “Carrie was one of a kind … brilliant, original, funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely”.

Fisher spoke openly about her struggles with alcoholism and bipolar disorder. She also was an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment.

“There are a couple of reasons why I take comfort in being able to put all this in my own vernacular and present it to you,” she wrote in “Wishful Drinking,” after detailing her diagnosis and an overdose incident. “For one thing, because then I’m not completely alone with it. And for another, it gives me a sense of being in control of the craziness.”

She also spoke knowingly about the life of a celebrity. In a 2009 interview with CNN, Fisher said she was reluctant to enter the entertainment business because she saw what it did to her parents.

“Their bright, white, hot star of celebrity was slowly dimming and fading and cooling. It scared me. I saw what it did to them. It hurt them,” she said.

 

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