Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' Princess Leia, Dies at 60
By Liam Mathews
13 hours ago
, the actress and writer best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Warsfilm series, has died. She was 60.
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Fisher died Tuesday morning afterduring a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday. Fisher had been in London filming Season 3 of Catastrophe and promoting The Princess Diarist, her most recent book.
Fisher landed the role of Princess Leia in the first Star Wars movie when she was just 19. The 1977 movie became an international megahit and she became an icon, with her hair buns and the line, "Help me Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope," becoming some of the most recognizable moments from the series and in popular culture. She reprised the role in 1980's The Empire Strikes BackReturn of the Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens
Fisher famously struggled with bipolar disorder and drug addiction, as dramatized in her semi-autobiographical 1987 novel Postcards from the Edge. She has said she turned to drugs as a way to self-medicate her disorder and the stress that came with fame. She later became an advocate for mental health and addiction treatment.
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