Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

Carrie Fisher as she appeared in STAR WARS (1977)

Carrie Fisher as she appeared in STAR WARS (1977)

She was a legend that helped a generation redefine what it means to be a princess in the movies. Carrie Fisher died today in Los Angeles. She was 60.

Though best known for portraying Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), and Return Of The Jedi (1983), Fisher went on to establish a successful writing career.

She adapted her 1987 debut novel, Postcards From The Edge, into a critically acclaimed 1990 film that earned Meryl Streep an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

She penned several other books, including The Princess Diarist, a memoir released earlier this year.

In the movie industry, she also became a sought-after “script doctor,” polishing screenplays for a variety of projects, including Lethal Weapon 3 (1992) and Outbreak (1995).

In 2015, Fisher reprised the role of Leia for The Force Awakens, the seventh episode in the Star Wars saga. She recently finished filming her scenes for the as yet untitled Star Wars: Episode VIII, set for release on December 15, 2017.

She is survived by her mother, Debbie Reynolds; her brother, Todd Fisher; her daughter, Billie Lourd; her half-sisters, Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher; and her bulldog, Gary.

I’ve been a Star Wars fan for nearly my entire life, which means I’ve been a Carrie Fisher fan for just as long. She brought a charm and spunk to the role of Leia that no other actress of the era could have matched. My condolences to her family, friends, and fellow fans.

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