The actress-author suffered a heart attack on Friday (Dec 23) while flying from London to Los Angeles. She was rushed to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles where she breathed her last yesterday.
Her family spokesperson Simon Halls released a statement to PEOPLE magazine on behalf of Fisher’s daughter Billie Lourd on Tuesday.
It said: “It is with a very deep sadness that Billie Lourd confirms that her beloved mother Carrie Fisher passed away at 8:55 this morning.She was loved by the world and she will be missed profoundly. Our entire family thanks you for your thoughts and prayers.”
Here are 10 interesting facts about Fisher that you might want to know:
1. Carrie Fisher had a love-hate relationship with her “Star Wars” director George Lucas. In her autobiographical humor best-seller Wishful Drinking, Fisher wrote: “George Lucas ruined my life.”
In a 2011 interview, the American actress told Newsweek: “When I was 19, I was cast as Princess Leia in Star Wars…Lately I feel like I’m Minnie Mouse—the identity of Princess Leia so eclipses any other identity that I’ve ever had.”
2. She was born on Oct 21, 1956, in Beverly Hills, California to singer Eddie Fisher and actress Debbie Reynolds.
3. In her childhood, Fisher was a bookworm and loved reading classic literature and writing poetry.
4. At the age of 15, while she was still studying at Beverly Hills High School, Fisher made her debut in Broadway revival “Irene” in 1973. This hampered her education and reluctantly she had to let go of her graduation.
5. Later Carrie Fisher wanted to study arts at Sarah Lawrence College, but there also she had to leave studies before graduation due to date conflicts with “Star Wars” shooting.
6. Her debut film was a comedy from the house of Columbia Pictures – Shampoo (1975). The film starred starring Warren Beatty, Julie Christie and Goldie Hawn, along with Fisher.
7. In her autobiography “The Princess Diarist” (2016), Fisher acknowledged that she had a three-month relationship with her “Star Wars” Co-Star Harrison Ford while the filming was on.
8. Fisher was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression.
In her column published in The Guardian US, she wrote: “Hilariously—after all the drug addiction and celebration marriage and mental illness and divorce and shock treatment and heartbreak and motherhood and childhood and neighborhood and hood in general—I’ve turned out to be (at close to 70) a kind of happy person (go figure!).”
9. She was into pet therapy and had a French Bulldog as her therapist named Gary, whom she took with her to numerous public appearances and interviews.
10. In her book “Wishful Drinking”, Fisher had penned her obituary that read: “I want it reported that I drowned in moonlight, strangled by my own bra.”
(Sources: The Guardian US, CNN, PEOPLE, Wikipedia)
Sreya is based in Kolkata. She is a Senior Editor of Big Wire.