Carrie Fisher, best known for the iconic role of Princess Leia in the Star Wars saga, has died. Fisher went into cardiac arrest during a flight on Friday afternoon and was taken to UCLA Medical Center. She was returning home to Los Angeles from London, where she had been on a book tour promoting her memoir The Princess Diarist. She was sixty years old.
Fisher was a popular and influential figure in modern American pop culture thanks to her many on-screen roles in landmark films like Star Wars, The Blues Brothers, The ‘Burbs, When Harry Met Sally, and many others.
She was a hero off-screen, too, often sharing her struggles with drug abuse and mental illness, always with a healthy dose of levity. Her story was a comfort to others, and her personal strength a source of courage for women and girls of all ages.
Beyond her acting career, Fisher was a successful author/novelist, a beloved humorist, and highly sought-after Hollywood screenwriter and script doctor.
But it was her role as Princess Leia which defined an entire generation in such a way that mere words will never do her justice. Fisher’s work as Leia showcased a character that was a strong, commanding presence without sacrificing her femininity at any turn.
Fisher will be remembered as candid, strong, self-deprecating, fun-loving and always looking for a laugh.
She is survived by her mother and daughter, actresses Debbie Reynolds and Billie Lourd, as well as her brother Todd Fisher, and half-sisters Joely and Tricia Leigh Fisher.