Just a couple of days ago, HollywoodFAQs reported that veteran actress, Carrie Fisher, was hospitalized and under Intensive Care at a Los Angeles Hospital following a heart attack on board a United Airlines flight from London. Her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds had tweeted out to fans and supporters at the time, that Carrie was in stable condition, and even her co-stars believed that the woman would fight her way back to health, the way she has done throughout her stupendous life.
However, probably the saddest news to end the dismal year 2016, Carrie Fisher, best known for her iconic role as Princess Leia in George Lucas’ Star Wars film franchise, has died in the hospital at around 8:55 am PT.
Here’s looking at her life, always one of the brightest stars in Hollywood, continuing her famous family’s legacy, surrounded by controversy, substance abuse and mental illness, but always ready to share a life and put a smile on the face of those she met and had the fortune of knowing her personally. Here is the life of Carrie Fisher in photos –
Carrie Fisher was born on October 21, 1956 to Hollywood stars Eddie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.
As a teenager, Fisher was already starring in minor film roles and attending Hollywood soirees, always accompanied by her mother, Debbie Reynolds.
One of her earliest films was opposite Warren Beatty in Shampoo when Carrie was still in her teens.
Her shoot to stardom came when she auditioned and won the role of Princess Leia in the 1977 film Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope alongside Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. The film would go on to become one of the biggest franchises ever, earning billions of dollars in film revenue, merchandise and other spin-offs.
A young Carrie Fisher in 1977.
In her latest memoir, The Princess Diarist Carrie spoke for the first time in decades about a secret affair that she and co-star Harrison Ford had during the filming of Star Wars. She was a teenager and he was a married man and father of two boys. Even on-screen, their chemistry could not be denied. Their famous line from the movie lives on: Princess Leia: “I love you.” Han Solo: “I know.”
Carrie Fisher was becoming a household name in Hollywood. Her fame coupled with her wit and charm was a winning combination in a cut-throat industry. Even though she had many personal struggles, including being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and an addiction to substances like cocaine, she always kept herself and others smiling around her.
Fisher returned on screen as Princess Leia for another instalment – Star Wars: Return Of The Jedi with her favorite co-stars – Mark Hamill, who played her twin brother, Luke Skywalker and her on-screen love, Harrison Ford, who played Han Solo.
Paul Simon (of Simon & Garfunkel fame) and Carrie Fisher were married on August 16, 1983 in New York.
One of many books that she would write as a bestselling author, Delusions Of Grandma would be her first one in 1994.
It’s always great to see the best on-screen trio together! Here is Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford at a Tribute to George Lucas in 2005. He was awarded AFI Lifetime Achievement Award at the event.
Fisher was always close to her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds. Seen here at Elizabeth Taylor’s 75th Birthday Celebrations.
Three generations of powerful Hollywood women in one candid shot! Carrie Fisher, her mother Debbie Reynolds and Fisher’s daughter, Billie Lourd.
Like his master, Carrie’s dog was a character of his own. He famously appeared on several interviews alongside the superstar and even has his own Twitter account with thousands of followers!
She reprised her role in 2015 for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but this time as General Leia Organa rather than the Princess. The movie broke records that year as it brought the original cast together.
Carrie Fisher passed away on December 27, 2016 at the age of 60 after suffering a heart attack. She was surrounded by loved ones. Heartfelt condolences came pouring in from all over Hollywood. 2016, another legend taken.