‘Star Wars’ ac­tress Fisher in in­ten­sive care

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Hol­ly­wood star Car­rie Fisher was spend­ing Christ­mas Eve in in­ten­sive care af­ter suf­fer­ing a mas­sive heart at­tack near the end of a transat­lantic flight. The 60-year-old “Star Wars” ac­tress was pre­par­ing to land in Los An­ge­les around mid­day Fri­day (2000 GMT) when she went into car­diac ar­rest, and was given CPR by an emer­gency re­spon­der on board. She was re­moved from the emer­gency room to an in­ten­sive care unit at UCLA Med­i­cal Cen­ter on a ven­ti­la­tor, her brother Todd Fisher said late Fri­day. He has been giv­ing reg­u­lar state­ments on her health but was un­avail­able to up­date the con­di­tion of the ac­tress Satur­day morn­ing.

“She’s ob­vi­ously a very tough girl who’s sur­vived many things. I en­cour­age ev­ery­one to pray for her,” he told ABC7’s Eye­wit­ness News shortly af­ter she was ad­mit­ted. Har­ri­son Ford, who played swash­buck­ling smug­gler Han Solo op­po­site Fisher’s Princess Leia in the orig­i­nal “Star Wars” tril­ogy and last year’s “The Force Awak­ens,” said he was “shocked and sad­dened” in a state­ment re­leased to the press on Satur­day. “Our thoughts are with Car­rie, her fam­ily and friends,” he added, de­scrib­ing Fisher as a “dear friend.” News re­ports Satur­day said Fisher had just fin­ished film­ing the third sea­son of her lat­est screen project, the Ama­zon com­edy tele­vi­sion se­ries Catas­tro­phe which is set in Lon­don. She was cat­a­pulted to world­wide star­dom as the rebel war­rior Princess Leia in the orig­i­nal “Star Wars” tril­ogy, which has been a cul­tural phe­nom­e­non since the re­lease of the films from 1977 to 1983.


Fisher’s “Star Wars” co-stars led tributes as Hol­ly­wood re­acted with shock to news of her col­lapse. “As if 2016 couldn’t get any worse... send­ing all our love to @car­ri­eff­isher” tweeted Mark Hamill, who plays her on-screen twin Luke Sky­walker in the “Star Wars” saga. There were also posts from “War­wick Davis, who ap­peared in var­i­ous “Star Wars” the­atri­cal and straight-to-TV movies, Peter May­hew, who plays the Wookie Chew­bacca and Gwen­do­line Christie, who played Cap­tain Phasma along­side Fisher in “The Force Awak­ens.” The Amer­i­can ac­tress has talked and writ­ten fre­quently about her years of drug ad­dic­tion and men­tal ill­ness. Fisher is known for her sear­ingly hon­est semi-au­to­bi­o­graph­i­cal nov­els, in­clud­ing her best-sell­ing de­but “Post­cards from the Edge” which she turned into a film of the same name in 1990.

She has given var­i­ous in­ter­views over the years about her di­ag­no­sis of bipo­lar dis­or­der and ad­dic­tion to pre­scrip­tion drugs and co­caine, which she ad­mit­ted us­ing on the set of “The Em­pire Strikes Back” (1980). She has also dis­cussed be­ing treated with elec­tro­con­vul­sive ther­apy, in which small elec­tric cur­rents are passed through the brain, to trig­ger brief seizures. The tech­nique is used to treat some men­tal ill­nesses. Fisher’s fa­mous “Star Wars” char­ac­ter fea­tures as part of the sto­ry­line to spin-off “Rogue One,” which is cur­rently rid­ing high in box of­fices around the globe, although the ac­tress is un­der­stood not to have been in­volved in the pro­duc­tion. Her at­tor­ney did not re­spond to a re­quest for com­ment.

This file photo shows US ac­tress Car­rie Fisher (right) pos­ing with a storm trooper as she at­tends the open­ing of the Euro­pean Premiere of “Star Wars: The Force Awak­ens” in cen­tral Lon­don.

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