It is with heavy heart that I wrote this article. Carrie Fisher, the actress whose powerful portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars movies, has sadly passed away this morning.
Fisher had suffered a cardiac arrest just four days ago in a flight from London to L.A. She had been promoting a new book. For a while it seemed that she was going to get better, after being declared in stable condition and being treated in the intensive care unit at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Tragically, looks like her condition never truly improved and the announcement of her death was made public by Simon Hall, a spokesman for the family, who wrote:
It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.
Fisher, daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, got her start in film with Shampoo in 1975, but her big break came with George Lucas’s Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope and the global phenomenon that film became turned her character into a worldwide icon. Princess Leia was at the same time a strong and caring character and Fisher won the part by infusing her with a dignified, royal-like and yet delicate quality that set her aside from other ‘tough girls’ in movies.
Her career after Star Wars was full of high and lows, and though she never had a role as big, she did work her way in several smaller films, TV shows, and gained recognition as a novelist. Fisher remained a woman who was very open and never afraid to spoke her mind, more often than not, drawing a smile on others.
Carrie Fisher was loved by so many people around the world, and right now is hard even for me to put into words how I’m feeling. It feels like she was taken from us too early. For what it’s worth, she will always live in our memories, and the character of Princess Leia she helped create has become a part of our social consciousness, forever loved and respected.
Thank you Carrie, you are now one with the Force.