Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Tribute: Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
The horror that is the year 2016 is not yet done with us, apparently.
The press is now reporting the death of Carrie Fisher, at age 60, from complications following a heart attack a few days ago.
This isn't a tribute I expected to write anytime soon, let alone before 2017.
Carrie Fisher is a national treasure, and a science fiction cinema icon, beloved for her performances as Princess Leia Organa in Star Wars (1977), The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978), The Empire Strikes Back (1980), Return of the Jedi (1983) and The Force Awakens (2015).
Ms. Fisher brought strength, charm, wit, and a sense of cunning -- along with her natural beauty and vitality -- to her appearances as the rebel leader, and in the process inspired generations and youngsters.
Beyond playing Leia, Carrie Fisher appeared in such films as Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), Amazon Women on the Moon (1987), When Harry Met Sally (1989), Soap Dish (1991) and Fanboys (2009).
On TV, she had roles on Amazing Stories (1985-1987), and Smallville (2001-2011).
Behind the scenes, Fisher was a talented and in-demand writer, and wrote the screenplay based on her own novel, for Postcards from the Edge (1990).
She also worked as a script doctor on such films as Hook (1991), Sister Act (1992), The Last Action Hero (1993), Outbreak (1995), and Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2015).
The world, and fandom, has lost a bright light today. Carrie Fisher, rest in peace. We shall miss you.