Carrie Fisher (1956 - 2016)

Though you might have thought of her as Princess Leia, the Mystery Woman from The Blues Brothers, or Sally's best friend in When Harry Met Sally, Carrie Fisher made a name for herself as a bestselling author by being very much herself.

Carrie FisherBoth mischievous and brutally honest, Fisher mesmerized readers with her memoirs that candidly revealed the effects of drug addiction, mental illness, romance, and fame in her topsy-turvy life. Her four novels—starting with her first book, Postcards from the Edge—explored similar themes with her fictional characters.

The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Carrie Fisher was born into the life of Hollywood royalty. When her father left her mother and married Elizabeth Taylor three years after Carrie was born, scandal tinged that life.

Following in her mother's footsteps, Fisher joined the acting profession. While she was still in her teens, Fisher landed a role in the film version of Shampoo, starring Warren Beatty.

Her next and ultimately most iconic role was that of Princess Leia, in Star Wars: A New Hope—a surprising leap into fame that would affect her for the rest of her life. Fisher's just-released memoir, The Princess Diarist, is based on the diary she kept during the shooting of the movie and reveals—with the angst appropriate to the nineteen-year-old that she was at the time—the affair she had with her handsome and married co-star Harrison Ford while they were on set.

Fisher's first book, Postcards from the Edge, was released in 1987 and is considered a novelized version of her early life. She brings her brash, sometimes uncomfortable, but always entertaining style to every page. Wishful Drinking, her first official memoir, was based on her one-woman show of the same name. Delving into the details of her cocaine addiction, her electroshock therapy, her short marriage to Paul Simon, and her celebrity status, Wishful Drinking is among the most candid and entertaining Hollywood tell-alls ever written, and the audio version is narrated by Fisher herself.

Fisher recently returned to the big screen in 2015 in The Force Awakens as General Leia Organa. She completed filming of the following Star Wars installment, Episode VIII, over the summer. On her way back to Los Angeles from shooting episodes of the TV show Catastrophe in London, Fisher suffered a heart attack on the plane. She died on Tuesday, December 27, 2016, at the age of sixty.

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All actors bring part them selves to their characters, and Carrie was some one that I wished I knew and could call a friend. good bye friend!

Posted by: msdanie | Tuesday December 27, 2016 at 6:17 PM

The force was strong in her. May she rest in peace.

Posted by: Marietta McCoy | Tuesday December 27, 2016 at 6:34 PM

The world has lost a true entertainment artist Rest In Peace Carrie fisher

Posted by: Jon Roth | Wednesday December 28, 2016 at 4:23 PM

We have all lost a truly talented, funny and brave sole. Thank you Carrie Fisher; the world is a better place for having had you in it for all to brief a time.

Posted by: Robbie | Wednesday December 28, 2016 at 6:05 PM

So sad to hear of the loss of our Princess. Carrie will be greatly missed. May the force be with you Carrie Fisher...

Posted by: mike | Thursday December 29, 2016 at 6:26 AM

What an amazing life. Rest in Peace Carrie. May your mind be forever calm now.

Posted by: Leigh Irwin | Friday December 30, 2016 at 11:51 PM

i grew up living up the street from carrie and todd and debbie. we meet when we were 4...56 years ago in kindergarten. we went thru elementary school and were great friends. were made different friends, she was very popular and the boys loved being around her. she was just one of the guys. she saw them as friends, non threatening, just guy friends. every one was her friend unless you brought up who she was and why. she wasnt debbie and eddies daughter....she was carrie,just carrie. the most down to earth and honest person i have ever known. whenever debbie would do a show in reno, i was there. i live an hour and a half away and we would have dinner after the show . she may have been tammy and the adorable singer and dancer in singin' in the rain , but to me she was a second mom and my girl scout leader. i will carry this wound of their passing for a very long time . i feel like i have drowned in tears. the pain is great , but then, so were they. such a huge loss of talent, just gone.

Posted by: maggie f merrill | Monday January 2, 2017 at 6:37 PM

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