May the Force be Forever with Carrie Fisher, who sadly passed away this morning just days after suffering a heart attack at the age of 60.
Born on October 21, 1956, Fisher was the only daughter of legendary actress Debbie Reynolds and the eldest child of 50’s pop icon Eddie Fisher. Being raised in a entertainment family had somewhat been a blessing and at times, not so much for Fisher. In 1973, after dropping out of high school, she went to London to study at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After a year and a half, Fisher relocated to New York to attend Sarah Lawrence College to continue her studies of the arts.
All that would change in 1976, when a year after making her film debit opposite Warren Beatty and Julie Christie in Shampoo, Fisher would make sci-fi history when she played Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars, which was released in 1977 and is now officially known as Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. This would become Fisher’s most well-known role as she would go on to reprise the role in The Empire Strikes Back in 1980, Return of the Jedi in 1983, and most recently, The Force Awakens in 2015. She will be seen in one of her final film appearances in the yet untitled Star Wars Episode VIII due for release in 2017.
Aside from playing Princess Leia, Fisher has prominently appeared in other roles that allowed her to break from her sci-fi alter ego. She would appear in The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally, The Burbs, and Drop Dead Fred amongst others in either lead or major supporting roles. She even published a few novels and unbeknownst to some, she delved in the world of script polishing, in which she made tweaks to scripts of films. This was a career that would last 15 years and some of her tweaks would appear in major Hollywood films such as Sister Act, Hook, Lethal Weapon 3, and even, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace among others. She ended that phase of her prolific career in 2004.
Aside from films and television, Fisher was also involved in stage productions, both on the stage and behind the scenes. Her one-woman play Wishful Drinking performed massively well nationwide from 2006 to 2010, with the final performances at the building where the legendary disco Studio 54 was once located in New York City.
Carrie is survived by her mother, her brother Todd, sisters Joely and Tricia Leigh, and daughter Billie Lourd.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Carrie Fisher. As a final tribute, here is Carrie Fisher in her iconic role as Princess Leia when she first meets Wicket the Ewok in Return of the Jedi.
Rest in Peace, Carrie Fisher. May the Force Forever Be with You.