"Goodbye Rebel Princess" Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher; the Rebel Princess Leia of Star Wars; died on December 27 at 8:55 a.m. (PST) in Los Angeles at 60 years of age. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother's death in a statement given to the press shortly afterward by family spokesperson, Simon Halls. News of Fisher's death spread quickly online where fans from around the world responded with tributes and condolences. Many of her costars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on Fisher's death.
“What I didn’t realize, back when I was this 25-year-old pinup for geeks… was that I had signed an invisible contract to stay looking the exact same way for the next 30 to 40 years. Well, clearly I’ve broken that contract.”
— The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) December 27, 2016
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) December 28, 2016
Onscreen, Carrie Fisher, who died this week, was wonderfully smart and spiky. Offscreen, she was extraordinary: https://t.co/cerpBo7mua pic.twitter.com/6lBxnjg9w1— The New Yorker (@NewYorker) December 28, 2016
“I heard someone say once that many of us only seem able to find heaven by backing away from hell. And while the place that I’ve arrived at in my life may not precisely be everyone’s idea of heavenly, I could swear sometimes — I hear angels sing.”
13 beautifully honest Carrie Fisher quotes every woman can learn from https://t.co/7OS5bD2EvM— HuffPostWomen (@HuffPostWomen) December 28, 2016
— The Guardian (@guardian) December 28, 2016
In 1983, Fisher returned to the role of Princess Leia in Return of the Jedi, and posed in the Princess Leia metal bikini on the cover of the Summer 1983 issue of Rolling Stone to promote the film. The iconic costume later achieved a following of its own.
What I always wanna tell young people now: Pay attention. This isn't gonna happen again. Rather than try to understand it as it's going along, have it go along for a while and then understand it.
In an interview in January with TV Guide, Carrie Fisher confirmed her involvement and the involvement of the original cast in the upcoming sequels by saying "as for the next Star Wars film, myself, Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are expected to report to work in March or April. I'd like to wear my old cinnamon buns hairstyle again but with white hair. I think that would be funny."
On April 29, 2014, the cast for Star Wars Episode VII was officially announced, and Fisher, along with Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Peter Mayhew, Anthony Daniels, and Kenny Baker, were all cast in their original roles for the film. Star Wars Episode VII, subtitled The Force Awakens, was released worldwide on December 18, 2015. Fisher was nominated for a 2016 Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal.
In Rogue One, which predates the original trilogy, a young version of Leia and the character Grand Moff Tarkin appear, both through computer animation. Fisher had completed filming her role as Leia in Star Wars: Episode VIII shortly before her death. Variety reported following her death that Fisher was slated to appear in Episode IX and that now Lucasfilm, Disney and others involved with the film will need to find a way to address her death and what will become of her character.
Debbie Reynolds, veteran actress and Carrie Fisher's mother, has died at the age of 84
Debbie Reynolds, veteran actress and Carrie Fisher's mother, has died at the age of 84 https://t.co/sscYwUjBSO pic.twitter.com/patj1dn8QV— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 29, 2016
George R.R. Martin's tribute to Carrie Fisher is the "bye, 2016" you need https://t.co/rM74uCTXrL pic.twitter.com/Z5YOqxaeNQ— Huffington Post (@HuffingtonPost) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher did a lot of stuff, but she didn’t actually rewrite The Empire Strikes Back https://t.co/fmQ5nf6vEB pic.twitter.com/pPiqr6vkVN— The Verge (@verge) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher is famous not only from #StarWars, but also for her humor. Here are some of her most memorable moments https://t.co/DyzpDNWei2 pic.twitter.com/Ca0MydAWUF— CNN (@CNN) December 28, 2016
Our tribute to #CarrieFisher :- https://t.co/jrqkSiWusE#RIPCarrie #RIPCarrieFisher pic.twitter.com/T3gyI0AKCT— Channel Star Wars (@ChannelStarWars) December 28, 2016
The tape ends with Fisher stating her name and age as she smiles to the camera.
BOOKS & MORE
In 1987 Fisher published her first novel, Postcards from the Edge. The book was semi-autobiographical in the sense that she fictionalized and satirized real-life events such as her drug addiction of the late 1970s and her relationship with her mother. It became a bestseller, and she received the Los Angeles Pen Award for Best First Novel. During the 1990s, Fisher also published the novels Surrender the Pink (1990) and Delusions of Grandma (1993).
Besides acting and writing original works, Fisher was one of the top script doctors in Hollywood, working on the screenplays of other writers. She did uncredited polishes on movies in a 15-year stretch from 1991 to 2005. She was hired by George Lucas to polish scripts for his 1992 TV series The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles and the dialogue for the Star Wars prequel scripts. Her expertise in this area was the reason she was chosen as one of the interviewers for the screenwriting documentary Dreams on Spec in 2007. In an interview in 2004, Fisher said that she no longer did much script doctoring.
Fisher also voiced Peter Griffin's boss, Angela, on the animated sitcom Family Guy and wrote the introduction for a book of photographs titled Hollywood Moms, which was published in 2001. Fisher published a sequel to Postcards, The Best Awful There Is, in 2004.
Fisher published her autobiographical book, also titled Wishful Drinking, based on her successful play in December 2008 and embarked on a media tour. In 2009, Fisher returned to the stage with her play at the Seattle Repertory Theatre. Wishful Drinking then opened on Broadway in New York at Studio 54 and played an extended run from October 2009 until January 2010. In December 2009, Fisher's audiobook recording of Wishful Drinking, earned her a nomination for a 2009 rammy Award in the Best Spoken Word Album category.
Fisher's memoir, The Princess Diarist, was released in November 2016. The book is based on diaries she kept while filming the original Star Wars trilogy in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
On December 23, 2016, Fisher was on a United Airlines flight from London to Los Angeles while promoting her new book when she went into cardiac arrest fifteen minutes before the plane landed at Los Angeles International Airport. A passenger seated near Fisher reported that she had stopped breathing. Another passenger performed CPR on Fisher until paramedics arrived at the scene. After being taken by ambulance to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, she was placed on a ventilator.
I don't think Christmas is necessarily about things. It's about being good to one another, it's about the Christian ethic, it's about kindness.
Fisher died on December 27 at 8:55 a.m. (PST) in Los Angeles at 60 years of age. Fisher's daughter, Billie Lourd, confirmed her mother's death in a statement given to the press shortly afterward by family spokesperson, Simon Halls. News of Fisher's death spread quickly online where fans from around the world responded with tributes and condolences. Many of her costars and directors from Star Wars and other works also shared their thoughts on Fisher's death.
At the time of her death, Fisher was survived by her daughter, her mother Debbie Reynolds, her brother Todd Fisher and their half-sisters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher along with her beloved dog Gary. Reynolds died the following day after being rushed to the hospital from her son's house, where they were meeting to plan Fisher's funeral. Todd Fisher told Variety that his mother "wanted to be with Carrie."
In her book, Wishful Drinking, Fisher wrote about her eventual obituary: "I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra." Several obituaries and retrospectives featured the quote.
— Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) December 28, 2016
Carrie Fisher’s most memorable moments outside of the silver screen https://t.co/2JGS9fJhNW pic.twitter.com/lLxntbSvCa— ThinkProgress (@thinkprogress) December 29, 2016
Actress Debbie Reynolds dies a day after daughter Carrie Fisher https://t.co/aBRUCwOzCn— TIME (@TIME) December 29, 2016
11 heartbreaking cartoons in memory of Carrie Fisher https://t.co/w9HokbMjwc pic.twitter.com/v8BnTATBrY— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) December 28, 2016
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