Author Sheena Goodyear
Carrie Fisher, the Hollywood actress who portrayed the fearless Princess Leia in the Star Wars film franchise and later penned award-winning books that included touching on her battles with addiction, has died at age 60.
Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd, released a statement through the family spokesman saying that Fisher died Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.
Fisher suffered a cardiac episode on Friday during a flight from London to Los Angeles, where she was rushed to a hospital after landing, and had been in critical condition.
Fisher first took on the mantle of Leia, a revolutionary role for women in science fiction, in 1977’s Star Wars. She later reprized it in 1980’s The Empire Strikes Back, 1983’s Return of the Jedi and 2015’s The Force Awakens.
I’m not really one of those actresses like Meryl Streep. Those actresses travel outside themselves and play characters. And I’m more of an archaeologist. I play what I am. I dig what I can. It’s a character that’s not too far from myself, except I don’t have any laser guns.”
She was married to musician Paul Simon for a time, and was briefly engaged to Canadian actor Dan Aykroyd.
Fisher was most recently in the news after revealing in November that she had had an behind-the-scenes affair with on-screen love interest Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo
Fisher was outspoken about her struggles with addiction and mental health long before the stigma of those topics began to wane.
She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 29 and has struggled on and off for years with alcoholism and addiction to painkillers and cocaine.
Like Leia, Fisher has always been tenacious and unafraid to speak her mind, whether it be about mental health or the unrealistic beauty standards placed on women in Hollywood.
She made headlines ahead of the The Force Awakens when she took to social media to denounce anyone critical of her physical appearance.