Carrie Fisher 1956–2016

Movie News After Dark

A legend has left the galaxy.

After suffering a cardiac arrest over the holiday weekend on a flight from London to Los Angeles, actress, writer, personality, activist, advocate, and cultural icon Carrie Fisher passed away today.

She was, of course, Princess Leia to hundreds of millions of Star Wars fans spanning generations, but she was also an acclaimed screenwriter and script doctor, a producer, stage performer, and humorist. Outside of her creative life, Fisher became an advocate for mental health issues after openly linking her past substance abuse with a bipolar disorder. Just this year the Harvard Humanist Hub had awarded her its Lifetime Achievement award in Cultural Humanism for her “forthright activism and outspokenness” on addiction, and mental illness.

Reactions from her friends and fans:

In a statement released by his publicist, Harrison Ford had this to say of his friend and co-star:

“Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original. Funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely…My thoughts are with her daughter Billie, her Mother Debbie, her brother Todd, and her many friends. We will all miss her.”

Daisy Ridley, who was the breakout of last year’s Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, said:

“Devastated at this monumental loss. How lucky we all are to have known her, and how awful that we have to say goodbye.”

And Felicity Jones, star of the franchise’s most recent outing, Rogue One, said in a statement:

“Such devastating news. I never met Carrie but consistently heard how profoundly sharp and witty she was. Her maverick spirit will be missed by us all.”

Fisher, the child of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, got her start in Hollywood in 1975 with a small role in Hal Ashby’s Shampoo. A couple short years later with the release of Star Wars, she became an instant A-list household name. Her other notable acting turns include Rob Reiner’s When Harry Met Sally, Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, Joe Dante’s The ‘Burbs, Soapdish, Sorority Row, Family Guy, and the recent Amazon series Catastrophe. She will next be seen in Rian Johnson’s Episode VIII, and was in production on a film called Wonderwell at the time of her death. Fisher was 60 years old. She is survived by her mother and her daughter the actress Billie Lourd, who appeared alongside her in The Force Awakens.

Rest in peace, Princess.