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Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60 (people.com) 456

Carrie Fisher, the actress, author and screenwriter who brought a rare combination of nerve, grit and hopefulness to her most indelible role, as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" film franchise, died on Tuesday morning at the age of 60. From a report: "It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning," reads the statement. Fisher was flying from London to Los Angeles on Friday, Dec. 23, when she went into cardiac arrest. Paramedics removed her from the flight and rushed her to a nearby hospital, where she was treated for a heart attack. She later died in the hospital. The daughter of renowned entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, Fisher was brought up in the sometimes tumultuous world of film, theater and television. Escaping Hollywood in 1973, the star enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, where she spent over a year studying acting. Just two years later, though, the bright lights of Hollywood drew her back, and Fisher made her film debut in the Warren Beatty-led Shampoo. Her role in Star Wars would follow in 1977 -- and she detailed the experience, including her on-set affair with costar Harrison Ford, in her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist. She was only 19 when the first installment of the beloved sci-fi franchise was filmed. Fisher's fans, family, and colleagues have paid their tribute to the actress The Guardian has published an intense tribute to Fisher in an article titled "The loss of Carrie Fisher is felt by all who love Hollywood, warmth and wit".

From BBC's obituary of Fisher: She was a self-confessed bookworm as a child reading poetry and classical literature. Her high school education was disrupted by the lure of the stage when she appeared in the musical Irene alongside her mother, and she never graduated. She moved to London where she enrolled in the Central School of Speech and Drama before returning to the US and attending the Sarah Lawrence arts college near New York. Having managed to kick drugs and alcohol, she was rushed to hospital in 1985 after accidentally taking an overdose of sleeping pills and prescription drugs. The episode formed the basis for her first novel, the semi-autobiographical Postcards from the Edge, in which she satirised her own dependence on drugs and the sometimes difficult relationship she had with her mother. Three years later Fisher adapted it into a screenplay, and it was made into a film starring Meryl Streep, Shirley MacLaine, and Dennis Quaid. Fisher -- who had bipolar disorder -- also wrote and frequently talked in public about her years of drug addiction and mental illness. Carrie Fisher's fame as an actress rested on just one role, but it was a role in one of the best known and most successful film franchises in cinema history. She was remarkably frank about the personal difficulties she had fought and overcome. "There's a part of me that gets surprised when people think I am brave to talk about what I've gone through," she once said. "I was brave to last through it." The world is poorer without you, Fisher. Rest in peace.
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Iconic Star Wars Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60

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  • by ronaldbeal ( 4188783 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:08PM (#53561521)
    I felt a great disturbance in the force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happned
  • by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:09PM (#53561529) Homepage

    As Leia, she was a blaster-toting Rebel leader. Off screen, she battled with mental illness and came forward about it - enabling many other people to feel like they were not alone. She was the toughest Princess ever. RIP Carrie.

  • by jfdavis668 ( 1414919 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:09PM (#53561539)
    Just as a new generation of Star Wars fans were getting to know her, she suddenly passed away. May the Force be with her.
  • by Anonymous Coward

    I had a boyhood crush on her in the days of the original trilogy. We lost a lot of celebrities this year, but the cast of the first three have always been special to me.
    May she rest in peace.

  • I know... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by bytethese ( 1372715 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:11PM (#53561555)
    As we all collectively say "You'll be missed", she's somewhere looking at us and saying "I know".
  • by djbckr ( 673156 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:13PM (#53561579)

    She was a very complex person, and before people start beating her up because she "let herself go" (which, by the way, she readily admitted)... You weren't her, you didn't have her problems and her life. Could she have done things differently? Of course. But, it is what it is. An early death is generally the price paid for drug abuse and not taking care of yourself.

    She was witty A.F. and an excellent writer. I was 13 when I saw her for the first time on the silver screen. And *wow*. Over the years, I've appreciated what she has done - which is why people that knew her loved her deeply. Leia was just the start.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      I think the part the original three actors played in Star Wars is underappreciated. Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill each played their parts well, and could fix up George Lucas' bad dialogue. It turns out that adult Mark Hamill is naturally a villain. Maybe George Lucas should have made sequels with the original cast instead of the prequels. Have Luke turn to the dark side, and kill Han Solo.

      To the credit of the Force Awakens, Finn, and the woman also seem to have good chemistry and personality

    • by hey! ( 33014 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:48PM (#53561829) Homepage Journal

      There's as fine line between living your life connected to other people and living your life to please other people. If someone else "lets themselves go" it's none of our damn business, but when we we lose someone due their impaired health it is still sad, and a reminder to take better care of ourselves.

      This is what I taught my kids: everything good you experience through your body; everything you hope to accomplish in life is accomplished through your body. Even if you live by the keyboard your brain is supported by your body and deeply affected by your physical health.

      So don't judge others for their appearance or health, but be firm and compassionate with yourself. Live the longest and healthiest life you can manage.

  • by creimer ( 824291 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:20PM (#53561635) Homepage
    A lot celebrities died this year. But some folks I know — and what I read by other people on various comment boards — are claiming that 2016 sucked because these people died. Not with a passing sadness but a lingering depression, as if they personally known these people in person. That is weird.
    • I saw one article today saying 47 famous celebrities died this year, and they included people I had never heard of like Greg Lake, AA Gill, Rick Parfitt, etc. That doesn't seem like that many people to me. If you assume the average celebrity lives 50 years after initial stardom, it would only take 2500 total celebrities for 50 of them to die each year. I would bet there are at least a few thousand people in the world we would consider celebrities.

      • by Jason Levine ( 196982 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @05:10PM (#53561989) Homepage

        I crunched the numbers (before the Carrie Fisher news hit) using http://fiftiesweb.com/dead/dead-people-2016/ as my guide. 2016 has killed the most celebrities (140 when you add in Ricky Harris, Carrie Fisher, and Richard Adams) than any year since 2000 (the earliest year that site had listings for). It was 40% more than the next closest year, 2005.

        • by mx+b ( 2078162 )

          I crunched the numbers (before the Carrie Fisher news hit) using http://fiftiesweb.com/dead/dea... [fiftiesweb.com] as my guide. 2016 has killed the most celebrities (140 when you add in Ricky Harris, Carrie Fisher, and Richard Adams) than any year since 2000 (the earliest year that site had listings for). It was 40% more than the next closest year, 2005.

          The baby boomers are now in their 60s and 70s. The thing that gets me is the overwhelming emotion seems to be surprise, as if never in history before have actors ever died of old age and natural causes.

          There's going to be a big uptick in deaths the next decade or so, then quiets down until maybe the 2050s or 2060s. Then that generation will be upset that all of the great people of the millennial generation (which is another boom, bigger than that baby boomers actually) died in the same year of 2056 or whate

    • by H3lldr0p ( 40304 )

      I'm going to interpret this on the generous side, in as much as you're not attempting to insult people's feelings.

      That said, we humans have a funny way of generating our identity. We look to other humans for inspiration and sometimes for more. There's nothing wrong with this, save for when your choice is revealed to be problematic for the kind of life you wish to live. Celebrities are common targets as they're easy for parents to point to, easy to find on your own, and easy to market. The same can be said o

  • by DigitalSorceress ( 156609 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:32PM (#53561729)

    "She drowned in moonlight, strangled by her own bra."

  • Obligatory yoda... (Score:5, Insightful)

    by mishehu ( 712452 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:37PM (#53561753)
    "Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not."
  •   .

    (The single period to mark a passing may not be a thing here but it once was, on metafilter)

  • Now Star Wars fans get to experience what Star Trek fans have been feeling for decades... Your favorite performers in your favorite roles are mortal. Sure, your character might get a Genesis resurrection, or turn into a Force Ghost, but eventually, the actors die. Then the copyright holders get to screw with your favorite memories by remaking your favorite films with completely different actors. It's worse than Life Day.
    • Re:Equalizer (Score:5, Insightful)

      by burtosis ( 1124179 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @05:05PM (#53561957)

      Now Star Wars fans get to experience what Star Trek fans have been feeling for decades... Your favorite performers in your favorite roles are mortal. Sure, your character might get a Genesis resurrection, or turn into a Force Ghost, but eventually, the actors die. Then the copyright holders get to screw with your favorite memories by remaking your favorite films with completely different actors. It's worse than Life Day.

      It gets worse. Hopefully Disney dosent own the rights to her likeness of we will see her appear in every subsequent film jar jar binks style. In the future, favorite stars will actually be immortal.

      • I so look forward to the day that actors can be replaced by CGI. I'm tired of seeing the Jim Carrys, Will Smiths, et al. of the world. One of the reasons I prefer Indi films.

      • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

        by Gr8Apes ( 679165 )

        It gets worse. Hopefully Disney dosent own the rights to her likeness of we will see her appear in every subsequent film jar jar binks style. In the future, favorite stars will actually be immortal.

        Tarkin in Rogue One indicates that the future is now.

        • Not to mention a certain closing scene ... that is somehow all the more poignantly sweet now.

  • Blues Brothers (Score:5, Informative)

    by clovis ( 4684 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @04:54PM (#53561879)

    I liked her best in The Blues Brothers.

  • Vera Rubin (Score:2, Insightful)

    Vera Rubin also died. I'll bet you guys don't even know who she was. Sad.
  • I have to wonder what will happen next. How exactly does the USA mourn when it loses the only actual princess it has ever had?
    • Princess Grace was a real Princess.
      • Re:So what's next? (Score:5, Interesting)

        by T.E.D. ( 34228 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @05:47PM (#53562227)

        In Monaco perhaps. Rich American women marrying into European royalty is hardly anything new. Likely a few female members of nobility have come over here and become Naturalized Citizens too. But we don't recognize such titles here in the USA.

        Carrie Fisher was different in that WE gave her that title.

  • by stud9920 ( 236753 ) on Tuesday December 27, 2016 @06:10PM (#53562397)

    On Christmas day (Isaac Newton's birthday), one of the people who studied galaxies far, far away and the dark side of matter passed away. Vera Rubin [wikipedia.org]

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