Star Wars Rebel Princess, Carrie Fisher, Passes Away At the Age of 60
I remember the first time I saw Star Wars: A New Hope. I was six years old and watching the re-releases in a Southern Californian theater. At this point in time, there were not a ton of strong, female characters in science fiction and fantasy for me to admire or emulate. This all changed with Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia. Not only did she put the often whiny and snarky male characters in their place, but she was a compelling, respected leader for a cause she believed in.
Carrie Fisher passed away today at the age of sixty, after suffering from a heart attack last Friday on a flight from London to Los Angeles. In a statement released on behalf of Fisher's daughter Billie Lourd, spokesman Simon Halls said: "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.”
Fisher was born on December 21, 1956 in Beverly Hills, California to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds. Fisher “hid in books” as a child and enjoyed reading classic literature and writing poetry. At the age of 15, she appeared as a debutante and singer in the hit Broadway revival Irene
May the force be with you, Carrie Fisher. The world has lost an incredible actress, writer, and human being.