2016 will be the year known for taking some of the most influential people to grace the Earth. Earlier this year we lost David Bowie, Prince, Gene Wilder, and now Carrie Fisher. There were others lost this year, but these names stand out for the ways they contributed to breaking down stigmas.
Carrie Fisher will always and forever be know for playing Princess Leia who went on to become a General. When Fisher dawned the infamous gold bikini many, many boys became men.
Even though Fisher played a princess on screen, she was anything but a princess. Carrie Fisher was far from being a damsel in distress and she made sure everyone knew that. Fisher dealt with struggles just like everyday people do, the difference was that the world was her stage. Fisher never shied away from speaking about mental illness and she sure as hell did not let it define her.
Carrie Fisher has appeared in Blue Brothers, When Harry Met Sally, and voiced Angela on Family Guy. While those are some of the characters she helped bring to life, it was her portrayal of Princess Leia that put her on the map. Everything else she did seemed inconsequential compared to Star Wars. Fisher shined the most during press junkets where she could quickly call out a journalist for asking the dumbest question or throw some wit your way.
Filming for Episode VIII has already wrapped. It will be interesting to see where the franchise goes with her story and if it will have any impact on Kylo Ren.
Fisher is survived by her mother Debbie Reynolds, daughter Billie Lourd, and her brother Todd Fisher. Our thoughts are with her family during this difficult time.
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