Carrie Fisher died this morning, just days after suffering a massive heart attack 15 minutes before landing on board a flight from London to LAX. The Princess Leia star of ‘Star Wars’ Fame was on a publicity tour for her new book, “The Princess Diarist” which includes a racy account of an affair with Harrison Ford while shooting the original ‘Star Wars’ movies.
With her slinky outfits, feisty attitude and doughnut hairstyle, Carrie Fisher set pulses racing in geeks the world over as Princess Leia in Star Wars. The infamous scene in Return Of The Jedi, in which she is chained up and forced to wear a slavegirl metal bikini by the villain Jabba the Hutt, was so memorable it even found its way into an episode of Friends, when Ross asked Rachel to don the same attire.
Not something Carrie would ever put up with from one of her own boyfriends, one presumes. ‘God, no!’ she laughs.‘They wouldn’t have the nerve! – though I should have done it for Paul [Simon, the musician, her first husband] as a joke. But after Star Wars, a guy came up to me and said, “I’ve been thinking of you every day from when I was 12 to 22.” How do you even respond to that?’
A passenger who’s an EMT performed CPR on Carrie and once the flight landed, paramedics rushed her to UCLA Medical Center where she remained in intensive care until her death.
Of course, Princess Leia was her iconic role, but Carrie also starred in “The Blues Brothers,” “When Harry Met Sally,” “Postcards from the Edge” and many, many more.
She famously battled substance abuse throughout her life. In 2013, she was hospitalized for complications from bipolar disorder.
Carrie and Paul Simon dated for six years throughout the Star Wars movies, eventually marrying in 1983 only to divorce 11 months later. ‘It was a fantastic wedding, but a bad marriage,’ she says. ‘We’re not good friends now.’ Carrie’s marriage to Bryan Lourd ended in 1994 after three years and one child – their 18-year-old daughter Billie.
In Lourd she thought she’d found the security lacking from her childhood, only for him to leave her for a man. ‘People ask if it lessens the blow that he left me for a man,’ says Carrie, ‘because it’s a rejection of my gender and so isn’t personal. But I don’t care what people say – I was humiliated and betrayed and I believed I’d somehow messed up. I don’t know if I believed I made him gay, but I’d failed and that’s all that really counts.
Carrie is survived by her daughter, Billie Lourde, her brother, Todd Fisher, and sisters Tricia and Joely Fisher. Billie made an appearance alongside her mom in ‘The Force Awakens.’
On SNL with Bill Murray
Carrie was 60.
Definitely an 80’s girl..