Today brings the tragic news that Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, who iconically portrayed Leia Organa and led an extraordinary career as an actress and author, has dies aged 60 after suffering a heart attack on Friday.
As Leia, the Princess-turned-General who appeared in Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens and completed filming on next year’s Episode VIII, Fisher was feisty, funny and one of the defining female characters of modern American cinema.
She starred in dozens of other films, including When Harry Met Sally and The ‘Burbs, and wrote many books: among them Postcards from the Edge, Wishful Drinking and the recently-published The Princess Diarist. In that book, released this year, she revealed that she was engaged in a secret love affair with co-star Harrison Ford during the filming of the original Star Wars trilogy. Ford said in a statement today: “Carrie was one-of-a-kind…brilliant, original, funny and emotionally fearless. She lived her life, bravely.”
In her book, Wishful Drinking, Fisher wrote: “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
Farewell, Princess. A hero, and a source of strength and beauty for so many.