Carrie Fisher: 1956 - 2016

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Carrie Fisher: 1956 - 2016

Just when we thought we were in the clear 2016 has socked us again. The year has taken away our Princess.

Actress and author Carrie Fisher, known forever and ever as Star Wars`Princess/General Leia, had a heart attack before Christmas and the World held its collective breath as a year fraught with celebrity passings looked like it was not quite done dicking around yet. With reports yesterday that the actress was in stable condition you could hear the World exhale. 

Today comes the very sad news that Fisher has passed away.

Fisher was more than just Princess Leia to her fans. Though she would never do another role as iconic as Leia she was still in some of our favorite movies, ever, with supporting roles in comedy classics like The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and The Burbs

Fisher also expressed herself as an writer and author, writing episodes of television and for film, and stage shows and memoirs. Few were as candid as Fisher was about her personal life and her struggles with substance abuse and mental health issues. Always the firecracker, even her most recent slew of interviews following last year`s The Force Awakens displayed a woman who came across quite frankly like she did not give a flying fart. With her therapy dog Gary in tow she livened that tour junket like no one else in cast ever could. 

It was at an early age I vaguely remember a television interview with her. I remember footage of her, the interviewer and her daughter, but shot from a distance. Fisher was adamant that the camera crew would get no closer to her infant daughter at the time. Having grown up the daughter of entertainers Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher she was very protective of her family. At that early age I knew that this was a woman that should be respected for her decision to keep her daughter out of the lime-light. From that day Fisher became more than a boyhood crush to me. 

Forever our Princess Leia but forever an immensely talented and funny woman, Carrie Fisher will be missed. 

Below are two videos from ScreenAnarchy's Jason Gorber on one of our national news networks, a special AnarchyVision look at the career of Carrie Fisher.

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Andrew JamesDecember 27, 2016 5:09 PM

It's been a shitty year but this one hurts a lot. Episode VIII is going to be a tough watch for many of us.

ManateeAdvocateDecember 28, 2016 12:42 PM

You know what I love most about this wonderful write up? Not once did you callously ponder what the future holds for upcoming Star Wars films. I've seen so many posts and even said pondering in "professional" write ups regarding this poor woman's death. Pardon my language, but who gives a fuck what the future holds for a fictional character in a film franchise? A woman just died and likely not peacefully. A family just lost a loved one. Jeez.

Thanks for keeping it classy and respectful in your obituary.

Andrew S MackDecember 28, 2016 3:54 PM

Thanks. I'm usually not the go to guy for the obits around here. Never in the last 24 hours or so have I wondered where the new saga would go now that she is gone. I didn't even express relief when the trades began reporting last night that she wrapped up her EPVIII role. There was so much more to her than that. I needed this reminder as much as anyone.

ManateeAdvocateDecember 28, 2016 4:23 PM

My man.

faustidisqDecember 28, 2016 10:10 PM

Her mother and legendary actress, Debbie Reynolds, has now joined Carrie in the eternal stars above.

Andrew S MackDecember 29, 2016 7:52 AM

Very sad. Someone else from the ScreenAnarchy family will be paying tribute to the great actress later on today.

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cjohnstonDecember 29, 2016 9:53 AM

Her (and Luke's) hasty departure from the Exploding IronClad Steamship in Return of the Jedi STILL ranks with me as one of the B.EST action sequences of ALL TIME.

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Sharon DaleDecember 30, 2016 5:27 AM

Carrie Fisher: 1956-2016,Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the "Star Wars" films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights, died at age 60.