Carrie Fisher Passed Away Today: 1956-2016. I’ve always loved Carrie Fisher, because she was the first female hero I’d seen in film who did all the rescuing and managed to save the day in the “Star Wars” universe- more than once. We had a chat with her at Salt Lake Comic Con last year, and The Todd’s still gloating over that lip lock she laid on him. Who am I to argue? It’s Carrie Freaking Fisher!
Carrie suffered a massive heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles last Friday (12.23) and passed away at home this morning. She’s the daughter of film icons Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds, but she instantly made her own name in Hollywood after landing the part of Princess Leia in “Star Wars” at the mere age of 18. She was always very open about her diagnosis of bipolar disorder and wrote two wonderfully funny books about her adventures in Hollywood.
The response on Twitter- especially from her “Star Wars” colleagues- was instant and heartfelt.
But Mark Hamill’s tributes were my favorite- so sincere and so moving.