When we heard Carrie Fisher had had a heart attack on her return to America, I’m sure we all thought she’d pull through. After all, in this day and age, sixty is now seen as being quite young. It was a shock tonight to learn it wasn’t to be.
I had a look at her IMdB bibliography and was rather surprised how many films and TV series she had been involved with acting in outside of the ‘Star Wars’ franchise and this was apart from being a script doctor and I had seen several of those. It does tell that she was never defined by one part but used it as a stepping off point for other things.
As a Science Fiction icon, Carrie Fisher is best remembered as Princess Leia Organa and like all people from the original ‘Star Wars’ trilogy, instantly recognisable around the world. Certainly having a determined lead there, willing to get into the fight than be protected ensured the SF template for women in distress was put to rest and laid the foundation for what followed. She might have downplayed her participation with a wink at the end of ‘A New Hope’ but she was still a princess as well.
It was tempting to select photographs from the ‘Star Wars’ films to present here but as she wasn’t keen on the hair buns in the first film or even the fancy bikini of the second film, it felt a little inappropriate although I bet the media will use them the most anyway.
Even so, I suspect many of you will have rewatched ‘A New Hope’ again tonight with a heavy heart but always with good memories of a princess in a galaxy, far, far away.
27 December 2016