RIP Carrie Fisher, Who Was So Much More Than Just Our Princess

By Katharine Trendacosta on at

Following a heart attack last week, Carrie Fisher has passed away. She was 60.

Confirmation of the actress and writer’s passing came from a statement issued by spokesman Simon Halls, on behalf of Bille Lourd, Fisher’s daughter. Via People, it read, “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning [16:55 UK time]. She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”

Fisher became an icon to many of us as Princess Leia in Star Wars, but she stayed one through her writing. Both her first autobiography, Wishful Drinking, and her more recent one, The Princess Diarist, are witty and almost painfully self-reflective. Fisher’s honesty about her mental health and her quick wit made her admirable in the most accessible way.

Fisher’s credits don’t just include Star Wars, of course. Her extensive film credits include The Blues Brothers, Hannah and Her Sisters, When Harry Met Sally, and Drop Dead Fred. In Scream 3 and 30 Rock, Fisher proved game to make fun of her most famous role and recognizability.

Beyond acting and writing under her own name, Fisher also did a number of uncredited polishes on scripts, improving them without credit; Hook, Sister Act, Last Action Hero, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and the Star Wars prequels all got a pass from Fisher.