Carrie Fisher fell off my radar after the “original” Star Wars movies. I rediscovered her a couple years ago when I watched her stage show for WISHFUL DRINKING. She was funny, honest and insightful. I preordered THE PRINCESS DIARIST and finished listening to it just before Christmas. I was dismayed to hear she’d had a heart attack and been hospitalized. I saw the “new” Star Wars movie in the theater last year and recently bought the DVD to watch again before going to the theater for ROGUE ONE.
I had just finished the movie DVD and watched the end of the latest Kennedy Center awards ceremony when national news started and I heard about her death. She left a great body of work behind and was an advocate for people with problems who really need it (addiction and mental health). I am happy that she and George Lucas decided to make women in the Star Wars universe diverse, strong and able to pursue their dreams.