It was with both shock and sadness that the world learned of the passing of actress, author and mental health advocate Carrie Fisher, on December 27, 2016.
Famed for her portrayal of Princess Leia in four of the Star Wars films, as of 2016 (five if you count the CGI cameo in Rogue One), she brought a fiery determination to the role and became an inspiration for millions of young girls in all walks of life.
What made her untimely passing even worse was the tragic news that Carrie’s mother, Debbie Reynolds, also passed away, the day after Carrie’s death.
One die-hard Star Wars fan and blogger, Vicky Milner, was left devastated by the news as she was one who held Carrie and her work in the highest esteem: “Carrie touched the lives of many throughout her career.
“I went up to my room, sat on my bed and had a little cry to myself. I never imagined a celebrity death to hit me as hard as this did. Yes I expected to be saddened by the news, but not this devastated.
“She was my hero. My first real role model. Since I first watched A New Hope at around four years old, I had looked up to this woman. This strong, fierce, beautiful woman.
“She had inspired me in ways not many other people have, with her confident, no nonsense attitude, on and off screen, she had made me want to be just like her and I will be forever grateful for the things that she taught me, I can only hope that I will become even half the woman she was.
“She inspired girls everywhere, proving that you can be a pretty face, but also a badass space princess who won’t take crap from anyone!”
Carrie touched the hearts of so many during her time with us and her death has clearly left a huge void in people’s lives.
As well as starring in the majority of the Star Wars movies, Carrie was also an advocate for the awareness of mental health. Throughout her life she suffered with bipolar disorder and for periods dealt with cocaine and other drug addiction. Through her work she was able to normalise mental health in a way no one else could and helped countless people through some of the toughest times of their lives.
Since her death, it has come to light that Carrie should have been reprising her role as Leia Organa in Star Wars Episodes VIII and IX. Thankfully, Carrie was able to complete the shooting of her scenes for Episode VIII, due to be released in December this year, before her tragic death but sadly won’t be able to play the famed character in Episode IX.
Lucasfilm have already quelled rumours, stating that ‘they will not digitally recreate Carrie’ as seen in the 2016 standalone film, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.
“Carrie Fisher was, is, and always will be a part of the Lucasfilm family. She was our princess, our general, and more importantly, our friend. We are still hurting from her loss. We cherish her memory and legacy as Princess Leia, and will always strive to honour everything she gave to Star Wars.”
With Carrie gone, the world is an undoubtedly darker place but at least our Princess from outer space is once again back among the stars….