Star Wars icon dies

Car­rie Fisher, 60, rose to fame as Princess Leia

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - FRONT PAGE -

Car­rie Fisher — a daugh­ter of Hol­ly­wood roy­alty who gained fame as Princess Leia in the orig­i­nal Star Wars and turned her strug­gles with ad­dic­tion and men­tal ill­ness into wickedly funny books, a hit film and a one-woman stage show — died on Tues­day af­ter fall­ing ill aboard a flight last week. She was 60.

“Car­rie was one of a kind ... bril­liant, orig­i­nal. Funny and emo­tion­ally fear­less. She lived her life, bravely,” Star Wars co-star Har­ri­son Ford says in a state­ment.

Fisher, the daugh­ter of ac­tress Deb­bie Reynolds and singer Ed­die Fisher, had been hos­pi­tal­ized since Fri­day, when paramedics re­sponded to a re­port of a pa­tient in dis­tress at Los Angeles air­port. Her fam­ily gave no de­tails on the emer­gency, but me­dia re­ports say she had suf­fered a heart at­tack.

Fisher made her fea­ture film de­but op­po­site War­ren Beatty in the 1975 hit Sham­poo. She also ap­peared in Austin Pow­ers, The Blues Brothers, Char­lie’s An­gels, Han­nah and Her Sis­ters, Scream 3 and When Harry Met Sally.

But Fisher is best re­mem­bered as the head­strong Princess Leia in the orig­i­nal Star Wars in 1977, her hair styled in fu­tur­is­tic braided buns.

She reprised the role in Episode VII of the se­ries, Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens, in 2015, and her dig­i­tally ren­dered im­age ap­pears in the new­est in­stall­ment, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.

“In Star Wars she was our great and pow­er­ful princess — feisty, wise and full of hope in a role that was more dif­fi­cult than most peo­ple might think,” Star Wars cre­ator Ge­orge Lu­cas says in a state­ment.

Fisher long bat­tled drug ad­dic­tion and men­tal ill­ness. She said she smoked pot at 13, used LSD by 21 and was di­ag­nosed as bipo­lar at 24. She was treated with elec­troshock ther­apy and med­i­ca­tion.

In 1987, her thinly veiled au­to­bi­og­ra­phy Post­cards

From the Edge be­came a best-seller. It was adapted into a 1990 movie star­ring Shirley MacLaine and Meryl Streep. Fisher’s one-woman show,

Wish­ful Drink­ing, which she had per­formed across the coun­try since 2006, was turned into a book, made its way to Broad­way in 2009 and was filmed for HBO in 2010.

In the past 15 years, Fisher ap­peared as a tele­vi­sion guest star, per­haps most mem­o­rably as a has-been com­edy leg­end on 30 Rock.

Fisher starred with her mother in a doc­u­men­tary set to air on HBO in 2017.

Bright Lights: Star­ring Deb­bie Reynolds and Car­rie Fisher pre­miered at the Cannes Film Fes­ti­val ear­lier this year.

She en­deared her­self to the so­cial-me­dia gen­er­a­tion with her quirky tweets, laden with crazy key­board sym­bols and col­or­ful type­faces.

Above: Car­rie Fisher at the Euro­pean premiere of StarWars,

TheForceAwak­ens in Lon­don in 2015. Far above: Fisher in a 1978 file photo.

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