‘Star Wars’ Actress Carrie Fisher Dies at 60
On Dec. 27, the film world lost one of its most memorable movie stars, Carrie Fisher, who was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia Organa in the Star Wars series. She was 60.
The daughter of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, the actress got her big break in 1977, when she was cast in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, opposite a young Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill in what would become a career-defining pop culture sensation. In the ensuing years, she would film a pair of Star Wars sequels, The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983); and find her name in the credits of cult classics such as The ‘Burbs (1989), When Harry Met Sally … (1989), and Soap Dish (1991). Fisher even dropped in for a few uncredited roles in 1991’s memorable Hook (starring the late Robin Williams) and 1997’s Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.
Throughout the aughts, Fisher stayed relevant, popping up in Scream 3 (2000), TV series such as Sex in the City and Weeds, and even did a 20-episode run on Family Guy, voicing the character “Angela.” Not to mention her most recent cameo as Princess Leia in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, a role she will reprise one final time, posthumously, in Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is due out some time next year.
Several celebrities have taken to social media to pay tribute to the late actress:
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) December 27, 2016
There are no words for this loss. Carrie was the brightest light in every room she entered. I will miss her dearly. pic.twitter.com/GgIeYGeMt9
— Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
— Seth MacFarlane (@SethMacFarlane) December 27, 2016
I’m deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher was so many things to so many people. Couldn’t simply label her one thing. She could do anything & will be missed by everyone
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) December 27, 2016
We’ve lost a true gem with Carrie Fisher’s passing. Her humor, talent and brutal honesty were gifts to the world. Her voice will be missed.
— Larry King (@kingsthings) December 27, 2016
Carrie Fisher didn’t make it. I am so terribly sorry, and send my sincere condolences to her family, friends and fans all around the world.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) December 27, 2016