Carrie Fisher Passes Away at 60

Tuesday, 27 December 2016 - 1:36PM
Star Wars
Tuesday, 27 December 2016 - 1:36PM
Carrie Fisher Passes Away at 60
In the words of Mark Hamill: "as if 2016 couldn't get any worse." Carrie Fisher, Star Wars actress, screenwriter, author, producer, and activist, has passed away at 60 years old, as announced earlier today.

Fisher was born to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds in 1956. She began her professional acting career as a teenager before catapulting to fame as Princess Leia in Star Wars: A New Hope at nineteen years old. She went on to star in the rest of the original trilogy, as well as major films such as When Harry Met Sally, Shampoo, The Blues Brothers, and Hannah and Her Sisters. She returned to the Star Wars series for last year's The Force Awakens, and received a Saturn Award nomination for her portrayal of General Leia Organa. It is unknown how her death will impact future production and plot points in the Star Wars franchise.

She was also a prolific writer, having penned several semi-autobiographical novels including Postcards from the Edge, as well as the screenplay for the film adaptation. She also wrote the autobiographical one-woman play Wishful Drinking and its book adaptation, as well as the recent memoir, The Princess Diarist

She was brought to the hospital on December 24 after experiencing cardiac issues while on a flight. Her family reported that she was in stable condition, and there was an outpouring of affection and well-wishes from her cast members, other prominent figures in Hollywood, and her famously adorable dog, Gary Fisher. 




On Tuesday, December 27, Fisher's family announced that she had passed away in the hospital. 

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"It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," the family spokesperson said in a statement released by People.
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Fisher will be greatly missed, not only as an actress and author, but as an activist. She often spoke about sexism in Hollywood and the fact that she was asked to lose a substantial amount of weight for both her original Star Wars role and her reprisal in The Force Awakens. And she cautioned TFA star Daisy Ridley to do her best not to become a "sex symbol," as Fisher did after the infamous "metal bikini scene."

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"You should fight for your outfit. Don't be a slave like I was," she told Ridley in a joint interview. "You keep fighting against that slave outfit."
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Fisher has also become a prominent mental health advocate. She has been outspoken about her own struggles with bipolar disorder and drug addiction; she has written books and given many talks on the subject. Earlier this year, she was awarded Harvard's Annual Outstanding Lifetime Achievement Award in Cultural Humanism, which acknowledged that "her forthright activism and outspokenness about addiction, mental illness, and agnosticism have advanced public discourse on these issues with creativity and empathy."

RIP Carrie. We'll miss you.
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