Actress Carrie Fisher succumbs to heart attack
In the mind – and in the heart – of the greatest number, she was the princess Leia, the heroine all white dressed in Star Wars. But she was much, much more than that, Carrie Fisher, who succumbed Tuesday to a heart attack on Friday shortly before she landed the London-Los Angeles flight on which she had taken her seat. She was 60 years old.
Daughter of the actress Debbie Reynolds (who survives her) and mother of the actress Billie Lourd, Carrie Fisher did not play only in front of the camera. She was great on stage (last July she was also visiting Montreal to host a gala Just For Laughs), where she delivered with banter and verve words of her own. Because it was also a humorous pen and self-mockery, which was discovered in Wishful Drinking (adapted from her one-woman show). She had put it in The Princess Diarist , released last month.
As an actress, was among others could see in Hannah and Her Sisters , The Blues Brothers, When Harry Met Sally . On television, she has made appearances in 30 Rock, Weeds, The Big Bang Theory, Smallville and even the animated series Family Guy .
More recently, she has delivered a remarkable performance where she played her own role in Map to the Stars of David Cronenberg … before resuming his role last year Leia in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens.
And it proved to be the highlight of the show during the press events that preceded and followed the release of JJ Abrams’ film. Always accompanied by Gary, her French bulldog, she showed a formidable sense of humor – “It is necessary, to wear such postiches and costumes! This time, I’m dressed as a pump attendant and I have a baboon ass style … and I say that with love! “She started at the press conference at which the press attended. She added that she cried at the viewing of the film – seeing her face in HD on the big screen.
The biting was also found in his show (and his autobiography) Wishful Drinking , she came back to the time Star Wars ( “When George Lucas showed me I had to wear bikini in Return of the Jedi, I thought A joke “), but also on her addictions to drugs and cocaine and her mental health problems (she was diagnosed with bipolar disease).
In June, it had also said it would hold an entry in the British newspaper The Guardian , where she would give advice to those who would face psychological and addiction problems she faced.
Her sense of the written formula made her a “script doctor” appreciated in Hollywood. Thus, his adaptation of Postcards from the Edge , autobiographical novel she herself scripted, was noticed by Steven Spielberg, who has committed to review the Hook scenario. She also worked on the scenarios of Lethal Weapon 3, The Wedding Singer and many others.
An experience she built little by little and that began informally, whereas it had made changes to the dialogues which it took part in A New Hope and subsequent aspects of Star Wars.
Speaking of Star Wars, the adventure was not over for her. One whose favorite feature of the saga lived The Empire Strikes Back ( “This is the spiritual Star Wars, the John Lennon of Star Wars”) had taken over the role of the general Leia Organa in Episode VIII, which was Completed this summer, is currently in post-production and will be released in December.
Shortly after filming, at Star Wars Celebration Europe, she had confessed to being “null with the divulgators” and, in the same breath, had mentioned that one would see the funeral of Han Solo in the feature film of Rian Johnson. Before letting it escape that she would be back in episode IX.
Fate will have decided otherwise.