Carrie Fisher: A Tribute

By Michael Staudt

Carrie Fisher is labeled as many different icons. One might remember her as an actress, another as a daughter or novelist. Carrie had touched many lives on stage and off throughout her life. Now, she deserves to be memorialized for her work in a variety of social justice and industry areas.

Carrie Fisher was born on October 26, 1956 in Los Angeles, California to her mother Debbie Reynolds and father Eddie Fisher. Raised in Los Angeles, she developed an interest in composing works of poetry and novel reading. She followed her mother’s footsteps and entered into the world of show business. When she was fifteen, she first appeared in the Broadway hit Irene. In 1975, she appeared in the film Shampoo, which launched her acting career. However, she was best known for her work in the Star Wars trilogy. Starring as the character Princess Leia, Fisher touched thousands of people who watched her on screen. Appearances in A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi, The Force Awakens, and Episode Eight labeled Fisher as the iconic princess. In 1980, Fisher appeared in the film Blues Brothers and continued her flight of success. Fisher had a dream come true as she appeared in blockbuster after blockbuster.

In her personal affairs, Fisher married Bryant Lourd after divorcing pop singer Paul Simon in the 1980s. She bore a daughter, Billie Catherine, who now has followed her mother’s footsteps into the cinematic business. In her later years, Fisher began to openly speak about her bipolar disease to inspire and help others with the disorder. Along with this, she often spoke of her drug addiction which enfolded in the early to late 1980s. She also wrote the novel Postcards From The Edge, which discussed the affairs between her and her mother Debbie Reynolds. This was published in 1987.

Carrie Fisher died on December 23, 2016 after a full and successful career. Today, one might remember her for her roles in the cinematic business, her novel, and her lectures on bipolar disease. We will remember Carrie Fisher for her incredible talent, blunt frankness, and her devoted spirit to help others and touch thousands of eager hearts. Thank you Carrie, for your gifts to the world.


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