‘Star Wars’ fame and actress Carrie Fisher passed away on Tuesday at the age of 60. Carrie Fisher, who rose to fame as Princess Leia in the ‘Star Wars’ films and later endured drug addiction and stormy romances with show business heavyweights took her last breath on Tuesday after being admitted to hospital following a Cardiac Arrest.
Fisher was the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher (who died in 2010). She had been in England shooting the third season of the British sitcom “Catastrophe.” She suffered a heart attack during a flight on Friday from London to Los Angeles. She was met by paramedics and rushed to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Fisher reprised the role in two “Star Wars” sequels. She gained sex symbol status in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” when her Leia character wore a metallic gold bikini while enslaved by the diabolical Jabba the Hutt. She returned last year in Disney’s reboot of the “Star Wars” franchise, “The Force Awakens,” appearing as the more matronly General Leia Organa.
Filming was completed in July on Fisher’s next appearance as Leia in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” which is set to reach theatres in December 2017.
Let’s briefly take a look at Career and Life of Carrie Fisher.
Fisher also played a memorable supporting role in the 1989 hit film “When Harry Met Sally,” as a friend of Meg Ryan’s character who falls for and marries the best pal of Billy Crystal’s character.
Born in Beverly Hills, Carrie Fisher got her showbiz start at age 12 in her mother’s Las Vegas nightclub act. She made her film debut as a teenager in the 1975 comedy “Shampoo,” two years before her “Star Wars” breakthrough. But her life was also mired at times in substance abuse, mental illness and tumultuous romances with other entertainment figures, all of which he laid bare in her books, interviews and a one-woman stage show titled “Wishful Drinking.”
After undergoing treatment in the mid-1980s for cocaine addition, she wrote the bestselling novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” about a drug-abusing actress forced to move back in with her mother. She later adapted the book into a film that starred Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine.
Fisher was promoting her campaign as a spokeswoman for the Jenny Craig weight-loss program at the time. She also acknowledged being briefly hospitalised in 2013 due to a bout with bipolar disorder.