Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Carrie Fisher 1956-2016

Actress and writer Carrie Fisher, famous for portraying Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies, has died at the age of 60, four days after suffering a heart attack while on a flight from London to Los Angeles.  You might say that Leia is now one with the Force.

Carrie Frances Fisher was born in Beverly Hills, California to singer Eddie Fisher and actress/singer Debbie Reynolds, who divorced when Fisher was two years old.  Her first movie role was in the comedy Shampoo in 1975.  She appeared as Princess Leia in Star Wars (1977), The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).  She reprised the role in The Force Awakens (2015) and completed filming for the as-yet-untitled Episode VIII.  In 1987, she published the novel Postcards from the Edge, loosely based on her own life, which was made into a film in 1990.

Fisher was briefly married to singer Paul Simon, and had a relationship with talent agent Bryan Lourd.  Fisher is survived by her mother, her daughter Billie Lourd, her brother Todd, and her half-sisters Joely and Tricia.

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