Actress Carrie Fisher, whose grit and wit made “Star Wars” Princess Leia an iconic and beloved figure to millions of moviegoers, died Tuesday in Los Angeles. She was 60.
Her death was confirmed in a statement issued by the publicist for Billie Lourd, Fisher’s daughter.
“It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning,” Simon Halls said.
Fisher’s death came four days after she suffered a cardiac event on a flight from London to Los Angeles, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The actress and advocate, who got her start in Hollywood as a seductive teen in the 1975 film “Shampoo,” was the daughter of screen legend Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher.
But her biggest break as an actress came just a few years after she dropped out of high school to appear alongside her mother on Broadway.
She beat out the likes of Jodie Foster and Amy Irving for the part of Leia in George Lucas’ original 1977 “Star Wars.” Her tough-as-nails princess was strong and independent — and the role positioned Fisher in the decades that followed as something of a feminist icon.
The film became a blockbuster — as the second highest-grossing movie of all time after adjusting for inflation, behind “Gone With the Wind” — and turned Fisher into an overnight star.
Fisher went on to appear in 1980’s “The Empire Strikes Back” and 1983’s “Return of the Jedi.” She drew almost as much attention for Leia’s hair and wardrobe as she did for her performances in the movies. Her character wore her brown hair in two enormous swirly buns over her ears, and donned a revealing metal bikini as Jabba the Hutt’s captive in “Return of the Jedi.”
Actress Debbie Reynolds died at the age of 84 in Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 28, her son confirmed to the Press. The Hollywood icon passed away after being rushed to the hospital earlier in the day following a medical emergency, believed to be a stroke, at her son Todd Fisher’s home in Beverly Hills.
Reynolds’ death comes just a day after her daughter, Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher, died at Los Angeles’ UCLA medical center at the age of 60.
She wanted to be with Carrie,” Todd told the press after his mother’s death. He added that the stress of Carrie’s death “was too much” for her.
A Hollywood icon, Reynolds appeared in many classic movies, including Singin’ In the Rain, and was nominated for an Oscar for her role in 1964’s musical comedy The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the actress later moved to Los Angeles and became a local beauty queen before catching the eye of studio executives, who changed her name and signed her to a studio contract.
She was known for her personal life, too, and famously divorced Carrie’s father, pop star Eddie Fisher, after he caused one of the biggest scandals of the day by leaving her for Elizabeth Taylor in 1958. Reynolds was also previously married to Harry Karl and Richard Hamlett.
Reynolds and her famous daughter at times had a contentious relationship. Fisher’s bestselling novel ‘Postcards From The Edge’, about an actress and her Hollywood mother, was believed to be based on their stormy dynamic.
She is survived by her son, Todd, and her granddaughter, Scream Queens actress Billie Lourd.