Actress Carrie Fisher, most known for her role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, passed away from a heart failure after several days of struggling. Through her talent, she taught an entire generation how to hold their own in a space war, what to say to a Wookie, and how to stand up for what is right. Aside from Star Wars, Fisher appeared in hit films such as The Blues Brothers and When Harry Met Sally.
As Princess Leia, Fisher became one of the most recognizable faces in entertainment. Her on-screen presence and the chemistry she had with co-stars Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill were a key part in making the original Star Wars movies as popular as they turned out to be. The series is arguably the most lucrative film franchise in history, with over $6 billion in box office revenue alone, and billions more from merchandise.
When she wasn’t in front of the camera, Fisher worked behind the scenes. While keeping her choice to remain uncredited, Fisher helped craft the scripts of several successful Hollywood films like The Wedding Singer, Hook and Sister Act. She also published five novels. One of which, Postcards from the Edge, was made into a film starring Meryl Streep. Fisher had struggled with substance abuse for many years, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1985. Her struggles led her to become an outspoken advocate for mental health awareness.
Fisher suffered a cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles on December 23rd. She was rushed from the plane to the hospital, where she was treated until the time of her death. As she joins the company of several celebrities that died in 2016, her friends and co-stars pay tribute to the fallen actress, commenting on her talent and “fearless” spirit. Fisher only recently came back to the spotlight when the new instalment of the Star Wars series, The Force Awakens, made it to the silver screen. The next two movies in the series starring her have already finished filming, and so Fisher will continue to inspire and amaze fans for years to come.