Carrie Fisher Dies at 60
Best known for her star role as Princess Leia (Organa) in Star Wars, actress Carrie Fisher has died at the age of 60. On Saturday Fisher suffered a massive heart attack during an international flight from London to Los Angeles. Fisher’s family downplayed the severity of the heart attack, by affirming the next day she was in stable condition.
The success of Star Wars catapulted Fisher’s career. Though she starred in several films and shows after the George Lucas masterpiece, she would be known for generations as the strong-willed hero in Star Wars. This accomplishment was not lost on female fans of the legendary trilogy.
Fisher meant so much because her talent transcended gender. She broke through as a female hero in an industry that seldom provided women the platform to perform in such a capacity. Despite only being a teenager when she was cast as Leia, Fisher exhibited the poise and grit on screen for millions that casting producers saw and realized in auditions.
Video surfaced Wednesday of Fisher’s audition tape with Harrison Ford (see below). They display a composed Carrie Fisher at the young age of 19.
Reporters loved Fisher for her authenticity and candor. Fisher’s peers and protégés in Hollywood appreciated her availability and willingness to mentor. While Fisher’s closest friends and family remember her loyalty and warmth.
Fisher may be remembered as Princess Leia, but she was so much more.