Thursday, 29 December 2016

In Memory of Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

Carrie Fisher (1956-2016) 

It is a time of sorrow with the announcement of the passing of actress Carrie Fisher, who died of a fatal heart attack at the age of 60 on December 27th 2016. She was probably best remembered to all Star Wars fans as Princess Leia Organa and was the daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds whom the latter stood beside her at her deathbed.

Born in 1956, Carrie Fisher grew up in showbiz and when she reached the age of 15, she appeared onstage with her mother in a musical play on the Broadway stage called 'Irene'. Her film career began with her debut role in a comedy 'Shampoo' with Warren Beatty, Julie Christie, etc as her co-stars. Her big break in 1977 came when she starred opposite Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford (whom she had a real life relationship), in an unforgettable epic space adventure from Director George Lucas that would soon become the top-grossing movie franchise entitled 'Star Wars' as her iconic role of Princess Leia. Fisher would eventually reprise her role once again in the infamous 'Star Wars Holiday Special' as well as two more films from the original trilogy - 'The Empire Strikes Back' and 'Return of the Jedi'. Thirty two years later, she would then return to the character that she originally portrayed in 'The Force Awakens' which was released in 2015 and at the time of her death, her work in the upcoming chapter of 'Episode VIII' was already finished filming and was scheduled for its release in December 2017.

Aside from her fame as Leia, Fisher had made some other film appearances in mostly cameos, small and supporting roles including 'The Blues Brothers', 'Hannah and Her Sisters' 'The 'Burbs', 'When Harry Met Sally...' 'Scream 3', 'Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back', 'Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle' 'Fanboys' and more. She had done television work outside of film, most notably in the animated sitcom 'Family Guy' as Peter Griffin's boss and supervisor Angela. She has also completed work outside her film and television acting involving doctoring film scripts and has authored semi-autobiography novels and her own autobiography.

My condolences go to her family and friends. All I can say is farewell Carrie Fisher, you gave us a strong iconic female character and may the force be with you.

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