Actress and entertainer Debbie Reynolds has the horrendous chore of having to bury her own daughter, something no parent should ever endure. The fact that her daughter was writer, actress and comedian Carrie Fisher, immortalized forever as Star Wars’ Princess Leia Organa, makes that a painful duty the public will mourn along with Ms. Reynolds.
Carrie Fisher: Her Life, Her Loves and Her Legacy
This is a post I don’t have to write because every magazine, blog, news outlet and Star Wars fan will cover the tragic passing of Carrie Fisher in great depth. But Carrie’s movies and her books were such a big impact on my own life that I must share some of my favorite photos and information about her – a cathartic tribute of sorts.
She stood only 5’1″ with a husky voice and a wonderfully sarcastic sense of humor. Her big brown eyes seduced us from her first onscreen appearance as Lorna in 1975’s Shampoo starring Warren Beatty.
Carrie was a brilliant writer, actress, comedienne and mental health advocate who suffered from bipolar disorder (about which she was very public), alcoholism and drug abuse since an early age. Fisher, 60, suffered a massive heart attack aboard an 11-hour flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday when she went into cardiac arrest 15 minutes prior to landing at LAX. She died Tuesday morning, December 27th at 8:55 am.
At the time of her death Carrie was promoting her latest book, filming for the Amazon TV series Catastrophe, writing an advice column for The Guardian and was soon to be a columnist for The London Telegraph. And I’m sure she had other projects in the works as well.
I don’t even know how to begin to express the sadness that the unexpected passing of the actress and writer provokes within me personally and undoubtedly, in millions of fans.
She was best known for her role as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977) (aka Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope (1977)), Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi (1983), and 32 years later, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
Lucasfilm said on Tuesday that Ms. Fisher had completed her work in an as-yet-untitled eighth episode of the main “Star Wars” saga, which is scheduled to be released in December 2017.
Images of her from Return Of The Jedi, clad in her sexy metal Bikini, adorned the walls of pre-pubescent men everywhere in the 80s.
She was the author of five bestselling novels; Wishful Drinking, Surrender the Pink, Delusions of Grandma, The Best Awful, and Postcards from the Edge, which was made into a hit film starring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep.
Her most recent book, The Princess Diarist was just published on November 22nd and has already been named a PEOPLE Magazine Best Book of Fall 2016.
In addition to writing the aforementioned books, she also wrote the screenplay for Postcards from the Edge and she worked as a script doctor, saving many troubled productions by rewriting screenplays.
Fisher’s experience with addiction and mental illness–and her willingness to speak honestly about them made her a sought-after speaker and respected advocate. She had even begun writing an advice column for The Guardian called Advice from the Dark Side.
Marriage and Children
She was only married once (although she was engaged to Dan Aykroyd at one point), to singer Paul Simon and for less than a year (from August 1983 to July 1984) but continued to date him on and off for 8 years after their divorce.
She bore a single child, 24 year old actress Billie Lourd (Scream Queens), from a relationship with the talent agent Bryan Lourd.
In her most recent biography, she reveals having had a brief affair during filming with Harrison Ford.
Carrie’s French bulldog Gary accompanied her everywhere, even onto TV talk show sets whenever she was a guest.
The actress posted numerous Instagram images of herself with Gary (who also has his own twitter account @garyfisher)
She was in the midst of creating a retail collection of her most popular tweets and custom designs in a variety of apparel which was to launch soon.
Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds
Earlier this year, Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds directed by Alice Bloom and Fisher Stevens debuted. The 95 minute HBO documentary, presented in Cannes Classics, revisits two golden eras in American cinema through the deeply personal story of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher. It premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival and is slated to air on HBO in March 2017.
An exploration of a mother-daughter relationship in the public gaze. Made for HBO, a clip can be seen below.
Thousands of photos exist of the woman who was born into Hollywood royalty on Oct 21, 1956 as the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher (who ended up leaving Reynolds for Elizabeth Taylor). Here are a few more of my favorites.