Wednesday, 28 December 2016

In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

In a year that keeps taking our beloved performers, another blow has happened with Carrie Fisher passing away from heart failure. On December 23, Fisher went into cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles and was subsequently taken to the UCLA Medical Centre where she passed away in the morning of the 27th of December.

Carrie Fisher had a long and storied life that went far beyond the role of Princess Leia in Star Wars, which shot her to international fame. Fisher was born to Hollywood royalty as her mother Debbie Reynolds was a famed actress known for her role in Singin' in the Rain and her father Eddie Fisher was an actor and singer.

Fisher's first movie role was in 1975, in the comedy Shampoo, which starred Warren Beatty. When Star Wars was released in 1977, only her second film role, Fisher and her co-stars Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford all shot to super stardom. Apart from the Star Wars films, Carrie Fisher appeared in numerous other movies, like Hannah and Her SistersWhen Harry Met SallyThe BurbsThe Blues BrothersScream 3 and Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Fisher also worked as a script doctor on a huge number of films, including Sister ActLethal Weapon 3The River WildHook and all three prequels of Star Wars. This work went uncredited. She also wrote novels like Postcards from the Edge, which was adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep.

She also had a tumultuous personal life. Fisher had a serious drug problem through most of her life and also suffered from bipolar disorder. She married singer Paul Simon in 1983, but divorced a year later due to their conflicting personalities. She also had an affair with co-star Harrison Ford when they were filming Star Wars in 1976. She had a relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd with whom she had a daughter Billie Lourd.

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