Star Wars Carrie Fisher Dies

Actress passes away after heart attack at 60

by Steve Withers Dec 27, 2016 at 8:17 PM

  • As if 2016 couldn't get any worse, Carrie Fisher has died after suffering a heart attack on the 23rd of December.
    The actress and writer found fame in her late teens playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars and its sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. Carrie Fisher was born into Hollywood royalty as the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher but it was the part of Princess Leia that made her famous all over the world, immortalising her as an action figure and fuelling a generation of teenage boys' fantasies when she appeared in a metal bikini in Jedi. It was a part that she would never be able to escape from, once famously quipping that "every time I look in the mirror I have to give George (Lucas) a couple of bucks."

    She appeared in many other films, most notably The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally and Hannah and Her Sisters and she returned to the part that made her famous last year in The Force Awakens. That film's sequel, the currently untitled Episode VIII, was shooting this year with Fisher once again reprising the role of Princess Leia. Although principal photography on the film is finished there will undoubtedly be additional reshoots planned for 2017, although how Fisher's death will affect those is currently unknown. However fans can at least expect to see Fisher in her iconic role one final time when Episode VIII opens in December 2017.

    She was also an accomplished author releasing a number of novels and memoirs including 'Postcards from the Edge', 'Surrender the Pink' and 'Wishful Drinking', with the former being made into a film with Meryl Streep. Her most recent book was 'The Princess Diarist', which specifically addressed her time playing the part of Princess Leia and made headlines around the world when she revealed she had an affair with co-star Harrison Ford whilst filming Star Wars in 1976. It was whilst on a promotional tour for 'The Princess Diarist' that Fisher had a heart attack as she flew home to LA for Christmas.

    Our thoughts go out to her family and friends at this difficult time and to the generations of fans for whom she will always be Princess Leia Organa.

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