Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Carrie Fisher, Star Wars' Princess Leia, Dies at 60

By Liam Mathews
13 hours ago



Carrie Fisher, the actress and writer best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series, has died. She was 60.

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Fisher died Tuesday morning after suffering what was described as a massive heart attackduring 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 Back, 1983's Return of the Jedi and 2015's The Force Awakens. Leia defines Fisher's career, which Fisher viewed as a mixed but mostly positive blessing, saying in 2015, "People want me to say that I'm sick of playing Leia and that it ruined my life. If my life was that easy to ruin, it deserved to be ruined."
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.
May the Force be with you...

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