The writer of “Silver Screen Reflections” remembers actress Carrie Fisher, who died on the morning of Dec. 27 at the age of 60.
According to Deadline.com (an offshoot of Variety Magazine), Fisher suffered a massive heart attack on Fri., Dec. 23 during her flight from London to Los Angeles.
Born on Oct. 21, 1956 to actress Debbie Reynolds and singer Eddie Fisher, her parents’ marriage did not last long due to her father’s scandalous affair with actress Elizabeth Taylor. According to Jenna Girard’s online retrospective on Carrie Fisher for Turner Classic Movies, Carrie Fisher decided to follow her mother’s footsteps by going into the entertainment business.
In 1975, Fisher made her silver screen debut by appearing in Hal Ashby’s comedy “Shampoo,” featuring Warren Beatty, Goldie Hawn and Julie Christie. Two years later, Fisher would act in a role that would transform her into an international icon. The rest is motion picture history.
The “Star Wars” Franchise
Beginning in 1977 with George Lucas’ “Star Wars” (Episode IV: A New Hope), Fisher would play the role of Princess Leia, alongside Harrison Ford (as Han Solo) and Mark Hamill (as Luke Skywalker). Lucas’ film was a smash success and launched a cultural phenomenon. She would reprise her role of Leia in “The Empire Strikes Back” (Episode V, 1980) and “Return of the Jedi” (Episode VI, 1983). 32 years later, Fisher would reprise her role of Leia, this time as a General in “The Force Awakens” (Episode VII, 2015), directed by J.J. Abrams.
In addition to her involvement with the original “Star Wars” film trilogy, she also made appearances in various films, including “The Blues Brothers” (1980, opposite Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi), “When Harry Met Sally…”(1989, with Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Bruno Kirby) and numerous other motion pictures. Aside from numerous guest appearances on television shows throughout her screen career, her most recent television role was playing the mother of Rob Delaney’s character in the series “Catastrophe” (a co-production of Amazon Studios and Britain’s Channel Four Television).
According to Seth Kelley and Cynthia Littleton’s article in Variety, Fisher recently filmed several episodes of the show in London.
She would overcome her drug and alcohol problems in her screen career, which would be the basis for her successful novel, “Postcards from the Edge,” which was made into a film by Mike Nichols in 1990 (with Meryl Streep in the role of actress Suzanne Vale, based off of Fisher’s real-life accounts). Fisher also wrote the screenplay for the motion picture adaptation of her novel, thus becoming a script doctor and screenwriter for numerous film and television programs.
This year, she earned a lifetime achievement award from Harvard University in the field of cultural humanitarianism.
Update (12/28): The Associated Press reported this evening that Fisher’s mother, actress Debbie Reynolds died at the age of 84, one day after the death of her daughter. Survivors include Fisher’s brother Todd, her daughter Billie Lourd (who is currently starring in the Fox series “Scream Queens”) and a canine companion, a French bulldog named Gary. A retrospective post on Fisher’s mother, Debbie Reynolds will be on “Silver Screen Reflections” soon.
Silver Screen Reflections remembers iconic actress Carrie Fisher (1956-2016).
Tribune’s Antenna TV network will honor the life and legacy of Carrie Fisher by showing her 1983 appearance on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” (alongside guest Garry Shandling, who died earlier this year) on Wed., Dec. 28 at 11 p.m. Eastern/10 p.m. Central. The episode will repeat on Antenna TV at 2 a.m. Eastern/1 a.m. Central.
In the Frederick, Maryland/Washington, D.C. area, Antenna TV can be found on WDCW-TV 50.2 (over-the-air) and on Comcast 201.