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:
no words #Devastated
I'm deeply saddened at the news of Carrie's passing. She was a dear friend, whom I greatly respected and admired. The force is dark today!
I thought I had got what I wanted under the tree. I didn't. In spite of so many thoughts and prayers from so many. I am very, very sad.
I'm deeply saddened to learn of the death of Carrie Fisher. I will miss our banterings. A wonderful talent & light has been extinguished.
Carrie Fisher was smart, funny, talented, surprising, and always a hell of a fun time to be around. Family Guy will miss her immensely.
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of Carrie Fisher's passing. Nothing in our universe will ever be the same. https://t.co/3xROJkznE9
Oh man. RIP Carrie Fisher. I thought you were the coolest.
Fuck this year. Fuck this whole sick, worthless cruel prank of a year. #RIPCarrieFisher
No. No. Fuck this shit. Carrie Fisher is a fucking legend and this is bullshit.
Hail Hail! A genius has vacated this realm-RIP Carrie Fisher.
Saddest tweets to tweet. Mommy is gone. I love you @carrieffisher
Forever one with The Force. Carrie Fisher passed away today at 60. She will be desperately missed, but eternally adored. #RIP https://t.co/OkJ4cRXvBi
Carrie was an incredible person. I feel lucky I got to know her, and heartbroken.
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.