In Memoriam: Carrie Fisher

Carrie Fisher as Princess Leia

"I am a spy in the house of me. I report back from the front lines of the battle that is me. I am somewhat nonplused by the event that is my life."—Carrie Fisher

On Tuesday, December 27, the world lost Carrie Fisher, whose sharp wit, unflinching honesty, and inimitable talent brought her fame on and off-screen, as screenwriter, novelist, and actress, best known for iconic portrayal of Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy.

Fisher, the daughter of actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, was born in Beverly Hills, California, and grew up among Hollywood elites. From an early age, she became known as the family bookworm, reading classic literature and writing poetry. Her parents divorced when she was two, and while growing up, Fisher struggled to come to terms with her parents' fame and public personas.

Fisher likewise struggled to come to terms with her own fame, and to cope with the bipolar disorder she inherited from her father. She wrote compellingly and openly about addiction, difficult personal relationships, and mental illness in her semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, her autobiography Wishful Drinking, and her memoirs Shockaholic and The Princess Diarist. Although she is most readily known for her role as Princess Leia, she also starred in Shampoo (1975), The Blues Brothers (1980), Hannah and Her Sisters (1986), The 'Burbs (1989), and When Harry Met Sally (1989).

Following her death on Tuesday, many celebrities, including ex-husband Paul Simon, have paid tribute to Fisher with words of admiration, love, and grief. She will be missed.

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