A Disturbance in the Force – RIP Carrie Fisher


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Fisher and her mother, Reynolds, in earlier years.

Meghan Koerick, Staff News Repackager

After the many celebrity deaths, 2016 ended with further heartbreak for Star Wars fans around the world. Carrie Fisher, best known for her role as Princess Leia passed away on December 27th at age 60 after having a heart related medical issue on a flight from London to the US on December 23rd.

The trending hashtag  #MayTheForceBeWithYou was quickly spread around social media sites to remember the loving Carrie Fisher.

Fisher was best known for her role in Star Wars but also went on to be an author and screenwriter. She wrote her first novel Postcards from the Edge in 1987 which she later adapted into a film featuring Meryl Streep. She recently wrote The Princess Diarist which is a memoir on the diaries she wrote during the Star Wars trilogy.

Fisher was in multiple broadway productions starting at age 15 playing alongside her mother who was the star of the show. She had series of supporting roles in movies like When Harry Met Sally and Soap Dish. She remained mostly known for the films that made her famous, the Star Wars series, including Episode 7, “The Force Awakens” which she most recently acted in with original costars Mark Hamill as Luke Skywalker and Harrison Ford as Han Solo.

The recent film was released in December of 2015 earning more than $247 million in the opening weekend alone.

Fisher had one daughter, Billie Catherine from her relationship with agent Bryan Lourd. She was also briefly married to singer/songwriter Paul Simon. She wrote in her book The Princess Diarist that she also had an affair with Harrison Ford during the making of the first Star Wars. Fisher was also really open about talking about her issues publically such as struggles with drug addiction and bipolar disorder.

Many people will miss the great Carrie Fisher and her wonderful personality.

“She was something else. I met only one Carrie Fisher. I don’t expect to meet another.” Mark Hamill said during a Entertainment Weekly interview. According to the Entertainment Weekly coverage, Hamill, Fisher and Ford were inseparable and had not only a great relationship in the trilogy but off-screen too.

In a twist worthy of a Hollywood tear-jerker, Fisher’s famous-in-her-own-right mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, died only two days later.