We learned the sad news of Carrie Fisher’s passing this morning and we find ourselves devastated. To say that seeing her as Princess Leia in Star Wars for the first time as kids was transformative would be an understatement. Leia–and Carrie–taught us we could be strong, intelligent, sarcastic, loving, understanding – that a woman could be anything, and not be defined by just one characteristic. Carrie Fisher was all of those things too – an actress, a mother, an author, a comedian, and was never defined by any of them. She was truly one in a million, as Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company said in the following statement:
“Carrie Fisher was one-of-a-kind, a true character who shared her talent and her truth with us all with her trademark wit and irreverence. Millions fell in love with her as the indomitable Princess Leia; she will always have a special place in the hearts of Star Wars fans as well as all of us who were lucky enough to know her personally. She will be sorely missed, and we join millions of fans and friends around the world who mourn her loss today.”
“Carrie holds such special place in the hearts of everyone at Lucasfilm it is difficult to think of a world without her. She was Princess Leia to the world but a very special friend to all of us. She had an indomitable spirit, incredible wit, and a loving heart. Carrie also defined the female hero of our age over a generation ago. Her groundbreaking role as Princess Leia served as an inspiration of power and confidence for young girls everywhere. We will miss her dearly,” said Kathleen Kennedy, President of Lucasfilm.
Fisher, the daughter of Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, made her film debut in 1975 in Shampoo and two years later took on the iconic role of Princess Leia. Fisher starred in films such as The Blues Brothers, The Man with One Red Shoe, Hannah and Her Sisters, and When Harry Met Sally. She was also a prolific writer, penning such books as Postcards from the Edge (later turned into film starring Meryl Streep), Delusions of Grandma, and this year’s The Princess Diarist, based on diaries she kept at the time she filmed 1977’s Star Wars: A New Hope.
Thank you, Carrie.