Princess of the ‘80s and beyond: Carrie Fisher dies at age 60
We’d just as soon kiss a Wookiee than deal with another day of 2016. We’ve now lost Carrie Fisher.
A family spokesman today released a statement on behalf of the actress’s daughter, Billie Lourd: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
The daughter of showbiz’s Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher will forever be known as Princess Leia Organa from the Star Wars franchise of films.
Eighties fans also cherish Fisher for her roles in Blues Brothers, Under the Rainbow, The Man with One Red Show, Hannah and her Sisters, The ‘Burbs, Loverboy, When Harry Met Sally as well as scores of other appearances in movies and TV shows.
The actress had been hospitalized since Dec. 23 after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles. Her personal life - dotted with struggles with drug use and a bipolar disorder = was chronicled in the 1978 semi-autobiography Postcards From The Edge.
In a recent interview with NPR, Fisher reflected on her iconic Star Wars character and one of her more famous scenes: slave Leia, who wore a metallic bikini, in Return of the Jedi.
It wasn't my choice. When [director George Lucas] showed me the outfit, I thought he was kidding and it made me very nervous,” she said. “What redeems it is I get to kill him, which was so enjoyable. ... I sawed his neck off with that chain that I killed him with. I really relished that because I hated wearing that outfit and sitting there rigid straight, and I couldn't wait to kill him.”