Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

Princess Leia from Star Wars reel shown at SDCC 2015.

Princess Leia from Star Wars reel shown at SDCC 2015.

Actress Carrie Fisher died December 27, four days after going into cardiac arrest on an LA-bound airline flight.

In addition to the original Star Wars trilogy, and last year’s The Force Awakens, Fisher starred in such movies as The Blues Brothers, Under the Rainbow, Hannah and Her Sisters, and Amazon Women on the Moon.

She was also an accomplished writer, the author of best-selling books Postcards from the Edge, Surrender the Pink and Delusions of Grandma, and a script doctor who made uncredited contributions to numerous Hollywood films like The Wedding Singer, Hook and Sister Act.

19 thoughts on “Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

  1. Here she is in the greatest scene from THE BLUES BROTHERS. It’s near the end of the movie, so it contains implicit spoilers:

    I would that it had included the next few seconds, just for her expression, but that’s life. You don’t always get the next few seconds. I’m glad for what we did get.

  2. Didn’t she also play the lusty teenager in SHAMPOO competing with her mother who tried to seduce her mother’s lover played by Warren Beatty?

  3. Sandy, yes that was her as well. I guess I should really watch that movie again. I really liked her showing up in memorable roles, like ‘When Harry Met Sally’. Now I have to mourn her and Bruno Kirby too.

  4. I found out earlier this afternoon from someone at work. 🙁 I loved her in the “Star Wars” movies, a couple of other odd movies here and there, her writing in Postcards from the Edge, and her one-woman show, where my other half and I saw her (“Wishful Drinking,” IIRC).

    Also sadly, George Michael passed away on Christmas Day this year. I don’t know of any SFF connections (maybe somefiler else does), but that’s two icons who died surprisingly young (IMHO) within two days of each other.

  5. In her book Wishful Drinking, she wrote, “no matter how I go, I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”

    Carrie Fisher. An icon and a legend. Drowned in moonlight. Strangled by her own bra. She will be deeply missed.

  6. I heard this at work too. Dammit. It makes me want to crawl under the bed and clap my hands over my ears until the year is over.

  7. I found her view of the whole metall bikini bit in the Wall Street Journal striking:

    WSJ: There’s been some debate recently about whether there should be no more merchandise with you in the “Return of the Jedi” bikini.

    CF: I think that’s stupid.

    WSJ: To stop making the merchandise?

    CF: The father who flipped out about it, “What am I going to tell my kid about why she’s in that outfit?” Tell them that a giant slug captured me and forced me to wear that stupid outfit, and then I killed him because I didn’t like it. And then I took it off. Backstage.


    That chain only”enslaved”me until I could use the frabjous thing to KILL THAT DROOLING SWOLLEN SUPERTONGUED SLUG&whirl him off into infinity

    May the Force be with her, and may she leave an endless trail of crimelord spaceslugs and broken empires behind her.

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  9. @Dann: Thanks; the dark sadness I get from the painting is well done.

    @snowcrash: Heh, great quotes!

  10. This year, this whole damned year. Yahwah, one day we will have words and you will answer to me for 2016.

    May the force be with you Carrie.

  11. Also, a friend with the best of intentions tried to compare her impact as a strong female character to Natalie Portman as Amidala in the prequels. I sort of shut him down (No disrespect to Ms. Portman, but she was Amidala was no Princess Leia.)

  12. An obituary, but not of Carrie Fisher:


    I also liked this from the Wookiepedia Leia Organa page

    Fierce, outspoken and headstrong, she would accomplish whichever task she imposed on herself, for she would try to put duty before her own personal needs—likely, as a result of her upbringing. Furthermore, she never cared much for being royalty for her priority was to help those who needed her, and not wealth nor recognition. In spite of her self-discipline, Organa had a fiery temper she often struggled to control, and was eager to prove herself, to be recognized for what she could do, and not her title of nobility

  13. HBO has announced they’re rerunning her show Wishful Drinking on Sunday, January 1st at 9PM.

    It’s well worth watching.

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