Many people called 2016 “the year of dead celebrities”. With the end of the year so close, it seemed as if we would be spared the loss of another beloved actor. For a while, it looked like we were about to make it, but then the clincher came. After being hospitalized for suffering from a heart attack on a UK to LA flight on Christmas Eve, actress Carrie Fisher of Star Wars’ Princess Leia fame was state to be in a critical yet stable condition. However, tragedy struck after the day after Christmas, when the actress suddenly passed away, with daughter, Billie Lourd, confirming the news. The actress was 60 when she died.
Carrie Fisher was born in 1956, as the daughter of a singer and an actress. It became apparent from an early age that she was born to act, despite being bookish. She debuted in the Hal Ashby film, Shampoo, when she was 17. Fisher never finished high school because of her acting career but was slated to join Sarah Lawrence College in 1978 when the casting call for Star Wars placed her in the role of Princess Leia Organa. She played the female rebel twice in the saga, and recently returned as a high ranking General in The Force Awakens.
While Leia placed her in the public eye, it was not the only role she played. From movies Postcards From The Edge, which she herself later adapted for screenplay, Wishful Drinking and The Princess Diarist which has just hit the shelves, Carrie Fisher was a woman of many talents. Her life was as bold and colourful as her personality with her romantic partners including co-stars and other artists. Though she was known to disappear once in awhile from public eye, her battles with drugs, alcoholism and bipolar disorder were not things she shied away from talking about. The world loved her beautiful personality and will forever miss her mark in the film industry.
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