today we lost an icon.. i dont believe a simple obituary will cover her well.. so if i may direct you to this article that says things so much better from the facebook group “A Mighty Girl” = (a title that has always suited Carrie so well)
Fisher was the daughter of Hollywood stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher, which brought her an early awareness of the challenges associated with what she described as “[living] an all-too-exciting life.” After the release of the original Star Wars in 1977 in which she first portrayed Princess Leia, Fisher herself shot to international stardom at the age of 19. She went on to reprise the role in three more Star Wars films, most recently in last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” where she played General Leia Organa, the leader of the Resistance. Lucasfilm also announced today that Fisher had completed work on the eighth film in the main “Star Wars” series which is scheduled for release next December.
In the years since the original Star Wars films, Fisher wrote numerous bestselling books, several of which examined her personal struggles with addiction and mental health with candor and wit. She was also well-known for her biting sarcasm, particularly for her often self-deprecating examination of life in the celebrity fishbowl of Hollywood. Fisher spoke publicly about how her struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder have affected her life, and was a powerful advocate for understanding and compassion for people suffering from mental illnesses: “I am mentally ill. I can say that. I am not ashamed of that. I survived that, I’m still surviving it, but bring it on,” she said. This year, Harvard honored her with its annual outstanding lifetime achievement award in cultural humanism in recognition of her “bravely honest” literary career.
In speaking recently about her new memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” which reproduces journal pages she had written during her time on the set of Star Wars, Fisher said: “I had forgotten that I’d written them, and I’ve never written diaries sort of like that… It was sad because I was so insecure, and it’s very raw.” She hoped, however, that her stories could bring hope and encouragement to other girls and women going through similar struggles. Fisher also took great pride in bringing the character of Princess Leia to life, especially during a time when Mighty Girl characters on screen were all too rare. “I got to be the only girl in an all-boy fantasy, and it’s a great role for women,” she said in September. “She’s a very proactive character and gets the job done. So if you’re going to get typecast as something, that might as well be it for me.”
Carrie Fisher, through her iconic role of Leia Organa, has had a tremendous influence on two generations of Mighty Girls. Please share her impact on you or your Mighty Girl in the comments below.
Fisher released her latest memoir, “The Princess Diarist,” last month — to learn more, visit http://amzn.to/2iB4BpV
Her first memoir, “Wishful Drinking,” was adapted from her one-woman stage show and explores both her struggles with addiction and bipolar disorder; you can learn more at http://amzn.to/2huctxA
Her sardonic, comic novel, “Postcards From the Edge,” was also adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep; for more about Fisher’s book, visit http://amzn.to/2hr7NXt
To introduce a new generation to Leia Organa, the original rebel Princess, check out our “Princess Leia Collection” at http://amgrl.co/2hltRjc
Princess Leia was also among the vanguard of a new type of princess — a smart, courageous princess who was anything but a damsel in distress. There are now many books for children that have been inspired by her example and we feature over 100 of them in our “Independent Princess” book collection at http://amgrl.co/1JuDk1e