“Star Wars” has lost its most cherished princess.
Carrie Fisher, most widely known for her portrayal of the plucky Princess Leia in George Lucas’ ambitious intergalactic movie series, passed away Tuesday, days after suffering a heart attack on a plane. She was 60 years old.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 855 this morning,” Simon Halls, a representative for Fisher’s daughter, explained in a statement. “She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly.”
Fisher, who had just lately wrapped the filming of “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” the second of three new “Star Wars” films, was in the process of a tour to market her eighth book, an autobiography called “The Princess Diarist,” when she experienced the medical emergency.
Throughout a Nov. 21 appearance on TODAY, Fisher demonstrated no sign of being ill while she bantered with the hosts and dished about her romance with co-star Harrison Ford.
“It was a three-month one-night stand,” she stated.
But on a flight from London back home to Los Angeles past Friday, Fisher went into cardiac arrest and sources stated members of the United flight crew linked by a doctor and a nurse on board carried out emergency measures on her.
Actor Brad Gage, who mentioned he was sitting directly in front of Fisher, tweeted that the actress was taken off the plane by EMTs.
Born October 21, 1956, Fisher was Hollywood royalty before she became a member of the fictional Organa royal family in the “Star Wars” films.
The daughter of singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds, Fisher was just two when her parents divorced and she went to reside briefly with starlet Elizabeth Taylor.
Subsequent in her mother’s footsteps, Fisher made her film debut in the 1975 movie “Shampoo.” But it was her turn as the tough-talking princess who goes against the Evil Empire in “Star Wars” two years later that rocketed her into fame and turned her into a feminist icon at the sensitive age of 19.
And she savored the role.
“And as much as I may have joked about Star Wars over the years, I liked that I was in those films,” she later published in her autobiography. “Particularly as the only girl in an all-boy fantasy. They were fun to make. It was an anecdote of unimaginable standing.”
In 1983, Fisher became a sex symbol for a complete generation of “Star Wars” fans when she sprang out in a memorable metal bikini chained to the villainous Jabba the Hutt in “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.”
“What’s funny is I wish I had known I was a sex symbol,” she later explained to The New York Daily News. “That’s so odd. Because I don’t think that way. I don’t look at myself even remotely that way.”
Fisher went on to appear in other movies, landing scene-stealing supporting roles in “The Blue Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally” and “The Burbs.”
Lately, Fisher played the irritating mother in a British TV comedy called “Catastrophe” that streams on Amazon.
In 1987, Fisher written and published her first novel “Postcards from the Edge,” a semi-autobiographical book that drew on her real-life struggles with drug addiction, bipolar disorder and her fraught relationship with her mother.
It was a bestseller that was turned into a 1990 movie starring Meryl Streep and Shirley Maclaine.
Fisher carried on making movies and became one of Hollywood’s most in-demand script doctors. She also discovered a new generation of fans with appearances on shows as diverse as “Entourage,” “30 Rock,” and “Sex and the City.” She also was the voice of Peter Griffin’s boss Angela on “Family Guy.”
In 2014, Fisher verified that she was reuniting with Ford and Mark Hamill in “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”
But after the movie came out, the actress was barraged with hateful tweets from body shamers who stated she’d aged terribly. Fisher shot right back at them.
Two years after, Fisher launched her tell-all book, that integrated her claim of an affair with Ford and the admission that she thought her days as Princess Leia were over.
“I was surprised. As surprised as you can be and still be so far over forty,” she published. “I mean, I thought they might make more Star Wars movies – not that I thought it all that much – but I doubted that I would find myself in them. And now it looked like I would! Hallelujah!”
Fisher was in a long-term relationship with musician Paul Simon and married to him for a year before they divorced in 1984. From 1991 to 1994, she was engaged with talent agent Bryan Lourd – a relationship that produced her one child, actress Billie Lourd. She was also temporarily engaged to comedian and actor Dan Aykroyd, whom she met on the set of “The Blues Brothers.”
Funeral plans were not yet completed.
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