Carrie Fisher died this morning, several days after suffering a very public heart attack while on a plane from London. She was obviously best known for playing Princess Leia in the original Star Wars trilogy, returning to the franchise in The Force Awakens as General Leia Organa.
But there was a lot more to her than this iconic character. In addition to her roles in numerous other films, she was a bestselling novelist, best known for Postcards from the Edge and Surrender the Pink (both of which I’d highly recommend); her autobiographical one-woman Broadway show Wishful Drinking also turned into a book, and her most recent memoir, The Princess Diarist, came out this past spring. She was also much in demand as a Hollywood script doctor.
She was always outspoken and didn’t put up with bullshit.
In short, she was pretty much a badass.
I’m opening up this thread for anyone who wants to talk about Fisher or any of the other amazing people that 2016 took from us — among them Prince, David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, and, just a few days ago, George Michael.
Here are some Tweets about Fisher I thought were fitting.
Everyone is sharing pictures of Fisher when she was young, but let me show you the Leia that was the most important to me: General Organa pic.twitter.com/xXFETlkZ8Y
— Anne Thériault (@anne_theriault) December 27, 2016
Theriault followed this up with a bunch of Tweets explaining just why she felt this way, collected into a Storify here.
— Brian LaBelle (@brianlabelle) December 27, 2016
— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) December 27, 2016
Be Princess Leia in 2017.
Fight on the front lines. Strangle fascists with the chains they would have you wear. Be a motherfuckin' general.
— K O'Shea (@osheamobile) December 27, 2016
2016 has been a hell of a year, obviously not in a good way.