She was entertainment royalty, born to 70’s stars Debbie Reynolds and Eddie Fisher. But it was her iconic role as Princess Leia in Star Wars that put her in the spotlight. Fisher was also an author, penning her memoirs “Princess Diarist”. Her huge success in print was at its height with her 1987 novel “Postcards from the Edge”, which was put on the big screen in 1990 with Meryl Streep in the lead role.
She was raised living between her two parents homes and the situation took a toll on the young actress. During her life she battled drug abuse and mental health issues. She suffered from body dysmorphia in her early years and lost 35 pounds to return to her Star Wars role in 2015. She also admittedly used cocaine on the set of The Return of the Jedi. Her on again, off again relationship with musician Paul Simon was the inspiration for Simon’s “Hearts and Bones”.
Carrie Fisher lost her battle with heart disease and Dr. Jennifer Mieres, professor of cardiology at Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine reminds women that, “Heart disease is the number on killer of women and is more deadly than all forms of cancer combined.” Some have questioned whether her substance abuse or weight loss contributed the heart attack she suffered on a flight returning from the UK Friday night. Her daughter, Billie Lourd, announced her death on Facebook through a spokesperson, “It is with very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.”
Fisher’s mother Debbie Reynolds posted on Facebook shortly after her daughter’s death. “Thank you to everyone who has embraced the gifts and talents of my beloved and amazing daughter. I am grateful for your thoughts an prayers that are now guiding her to her next stop. Love, Carrie’s mother.”