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Carrie Fisher Dead At 60

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Carrie Fisher has died, just days after being admitted to the hospital after a heart attack. She was best known for her portrayal of Princess Leia in Star Wars but had a long and successful career both in front of and behind the camera.

Fisher was born into Hollywood as the daughter of two actors and went into the craft at an early age, scoring a role in a Broadway production at fifteen. She appeared in her first full-length movie at just seventeen, acting aside Warren Beatty in Shampoo. She played the daughter of a wealthy woman who was having an affair with Beatty’s character.

She was one of almost twenty different actresses (including Jodie Foster) who auditioned for the role of Princess Leia. Fisher’s role as the damsel in distress who didn’t quite need saving was a huge part of what made Star Wars such a cherished classic in the cinema world.

But through it all, she battled with drug and alcohol dependency and marital problems that she later turned into a source of strength. Fisher was well known for her abuse of drugs such as Cocaine and Percodan, as well as for a string of failed relationships that resulted.

She managed later to turn these struggles into a source of strength and her battles with addiction formed a large part of her later creative pursuits in memoirs and one-woman plays that she produced.

And in many ways, these struggles reminded us of the character we most identified her with, desperate, but always hopeful and strong enough to find the help she needed to make everything work out in the end.

Since her death, many of her former co-stars and friends have come out to reminisce about Carrie Fisher, who will always be remembered as a creative flame that burned out a bit before it’s time. She was 60 and is survived by her daughter.

 

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