It has been reported from multiple outlets that Carrie Fisher, 60, who was in stable condition after experiencing cardiac arrest on a flight from London to Los Angeles on Friday, has passed. The actress who blazed a trail for on-screen heroines in her indelible role as Princess Leia in Star Wars, died Tuesday morning.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother, Carrie Fisher, passed away at 8:55 this morning,” a family spokesman, Simon Hall, wrote in a statement.
Ms. Fisher, the daughter of the pop singer Eddie Fisher and the actress Debbie Reynolds, was ensconced in Hollywood royalty and she offered a special wry commentary of celebrity life in her novels and screenplays. But for most she will always be remembered as Princess Leia. George Lucas’ 1977 film Star Wars catapulted her into a movie star and its successive sequels would make her iconic. Who can forget Return of the Jedi and the little number Fisher wore while next to the grotesque Jabba the Hutt?
She would return to the world of Star Wars with the release of 2015’s The Force Awakens.
Beyond these adventures that took place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away she appeared in such films as Woody Allen’s Hannah and Her Sisters, The Blues Brothers, and When Harry Met Sally….
Outside of the acting realm she wrote the semi-autobiographical novel Postcards from the Edge, which she later adapted into a film starring Meryl Streep and directed by Mike Nichols (The Graduate).
Carrie Fisher’s most recent publication is the memoir The Princess Diarist in which she shares revealing recollections of what happened behind the scenes of Star Wars.